Use but one
pair of laces — long ones . . .
After lacing them in the corset, fasten each end of
them so they cannot pull through the eyelets, and
arrange them so that the surplus length comes just
at the waist line.
The corset must
always be unlaced before
it is put on . . .
and it should also be unlaced before it is taken
off, in order to save the extra strain on the
cloth. Wear is caused much more by extra strains
than by use — if properly chosen and worn there is
no strain on any part of it. As the corset must be
unlaced before its next wearing, it takes no more
time to unlace it before it is taken off.
The sides of a
corset . . .
should be six or eight inches apart when it is put
Place it about
the body . . .
as low down as it is comfortable, and hook the
Take a long
breath . . .
and settle the corset still lower, until it is under
the body. Perhaps you may have to slip the hand down
inside it at the back and sides as well.
Then fasten the
front elastics . . .
and begin to lace it with a sharp pull at the
strings to anchor it at the waist line. Always pull
the strings downward in lacing. When exactly right,
a corset should have its sides two inches apart at
the waist, and three at the thickest part of the
Do not wind the
surplus strings . . .
about the waist and tie them, for that wears out the
material and helps to break the garment at the
waist. Tie them in the back of the corset, and twist them loosely.
Then poke them inside the lacing next to the body,
not in a bunch, but in a line lengthwise of the