Body Shaping

The Different Corset Lacing Gaps and what they mean.

1. The Closed Lacing: With this lacing gap, your measurements match your corset’s and you can close both ends of your corset completely.

This means that you are wearing your corset closed without a gap.

The Closed Lacing

2. The Parallel Lacing gap: This is the gap you use when your measurements match that of the corset pattern that you have but you cannot close your corset completely. You are wearing your corset with a gap. Perhaps so that you can train your waist and size the corset down.

When your measurements match your corset’s, but you still have a lot of gap before closing your corset, then you can use this lacing gap.

As your tummy reduces, you will be able to close your corset completely as done in (1.) above.

The Parallel Lacing Gap

3. The inverted V or A Lacing gap: With the inverted V gap, your corset doesn’t match your measurement perfectly. Your hips are too wide for the corset pattern that you have so you have to lace the bottom (hip area) wider than the top (rib area).

You will use this lacing gap when you can close the top part of your corset more than the bottom part of your corset.

What this means is that may not be able to close the bottom end of your corset.

When using this gap, make sure it is a perfect inverted V and not wobbly.

The Inverted V Lacing Gap

4. The V Lacing gap: I use this gap because I have broad shoulders. It’s also good for reducing the muffin top.

My corset doesn’t exactly fit my measurements perfectly. So I may not be able to completely close the corset at the top (rib area)

At times I do try to lace parallel but it is uncomfortable and it gives me the muffin. So I just go ahead and lace in a V since I don’t need compression around my rib area.
But I can close the bottom hip area completely even though I still have a bit of compression there.

When using this gap, make sure that it’s a perfect V and not wobbly. A wobbly V will bend the boning and this would warp your corset.

The V Lacing Gap

The Oval Lacing Gap: This lacing gap is when the corset waist is too small for you or your have not trained down well enough and you are trying to force corset.

This lacing method is very bad for your corset. Apart from getting your corset warped, you run the risk of bending the boning and having it get torn out of the fabric casing. If this happens, the steel bone of your corset cuts out and may poke you in the back and this could lead to an injury.

When you have this lacing gap, please release the lace at the top (rib area) and bottom (hip area) so that you have the same gap as you do at your waistline.

The Oval Lacing Gap

5. The )( Lacing Gap: This lacing gap happens when you have more curves that the corset itself. This means that you need a curvier corset.

This is exactly what happened in this video. The hourglass corset is not curvy enough for my body , that’s why am laced with the )( gap. I only wore this corset for about 5 mins (for demonstration purpose) and took it off almost immediately.

This lacing is also not good for your corset for the same reasons given under the oval lacing gap.

The )( Lacing Gap

About Oluwakemi Oyefeso

Oluwakemi is a Business Owner and writer. She is the founder of Kesabeso Enterprises. And also the founder of a fitness and lifestyle group on Facebook, The Kesabeso:: Shape Your Body Community. With 3000 members, the community aims to encourage more women to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

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