My waist training journey

December 2015

Since starting my love affair with foundations, I have become fascinated with small waists, achieved through the practice of waist training. After researching waist training, speaking to corsetieres and doing a lot of long hard thinking, I have decided to embark on my own waist training journey. As there are a lot of misconceptions around this practise, I have decided to document my own quest for a tiny waist, this will include the highs, the inevitable lows and everything in between.

My waist inspiration

I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. I don’t just like wearing stockings occasionally, I wear they every day, regardless of the temperature or weather. I don’t leave the house without them and I can’t see myself ever reverting back to being bare legged or wearing tights. I am fully committed to everything that I decide to do. This is also going to be true of my waist training.

I will be honest, I don’t want a slightly nipped waist, I want an extreme waist. I want a waist that shocks, I want a waist that looks unnatural. I am aware that I will receive a lot of negative feedback and people expressing disgust at what I’m doing, but it is what I want to do.

So, let me share with you my inspiration.

Ethel Granger

Ethel Granger is my number one in the world of waist training. I find her fascinating, her body modifications extended to facial piercings as well as waist training, which was very rare in her time. Ethel became a Barcley corsetiere, which has been suggested may have been a way to get hold of custom garments at cost price. If you would like to learn more about this fascinating woman, I suggest reading this biography.

Ethel Granger achieved a waist of 13 inches. Although I find her waist to be absolutely stunning, I am not looking to achieve the same shape as her. I would prefer a more cupped shape under the ribs.

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Mr Pearl

I respect Mr Pearl so much for going against what society dictates a man should look like. Inspired by Fakir Musafar, he achieved an 18″ waist by training for years. I really love the shape of his waist.

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Cathie Jung

Cathie holds the Guinness world record for the smallest waist on a living person, at only 15″. She owns over 100 corsets and can take up to two hours to lace herself into her corset each day, unless assisted by her husband. The one aspect of her silhouette that I dislike is the bulge on her lower abdomen, however I think she looks beautiful with her tiny waist. I don’t know if this is intentional.
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I’m unsure of Anna’s measurements but she is clearly a very committed corset wearer. She is a petite lady with an even smaller waist. I really appreciate her for openly and unashamedly being a fetishist.

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My concerns

I have some concerns about waist training. My main concern, which has stopped me from starting until now, is the heat. I live in Sydney and it can get very hot here. I didn’t want to wear a corset in the summer if it meant that I would end up becoming a sweaty mess every time I stepped outside. In preparation for this, I have been wearing a corset on hot days to see how I deal with it. I have also been wearing some heavier foundations, for the same reason. So far I am coping well, and although it’s not the most comfortable item of clothing to wear on a very hot day, it’s never as bad as I build it up to be in my head.

Finding clothing that fit my future altered body shape is a concern to me. As such, I have taken up sewing. Although it is something that I have always wanted to learn, I always had in the back of my head that if I wanted to seriously waist train, I would need to be able to alter my clothes to fit my small waist. I have been making dresses to fit my current corseted waist, and although it’s a very steep learning curve, I am learning more and more every day.

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March 2016

My first custom corset

When I made the decision to start waist training, I had to find a corset maker who would make my first custom corset. At first, I was pretty insistent on making my first one a very special corset, made by the best corsetiere in Australia. However, after learning that the first corset is the one that I will ‘grow out of’ the fastest during training, combined with the cost of the corset of my dreams, I decided to go with a cheaper option, and save my ideal corset for a time when I have reached my waist goals, so that I can enjoy wearing it for longer.

After doing some more research, I found a selection of corsetieres who looked like they would make a corset that was a. within my budget and b. looked like it would be strong enough, and well made enough to be able to waist train in.

To tell you the truth, I have read a fair amount about waist training, however until now, I have read very little about the specifics of choosing both a suitable corset and corsetiere. Thanks to Ann Grogan’s wonderful book ‘Corset Magic‘, I have learned that there are so many things to take into consideration when choosing a corset and it’s creator. I will go into more detail in my review of her book on my main blog.

I eventually settled on a corsetiere from the USA called Jennifer from Jupiter Moon 3.

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I chose her because I saw some very curvy waist training corsets of hers that looked like the sort of garment I would need, they also seemed very robust. The ordering process was pretty simple and enjoyable. I chose the corset shape that I wanted, the fabric, I chose to add a modesty panel and lacing cords rather than ribbon. I also sent through my measurements, which my partner was kind enough to assist with.

The measurements that I took were as follows:

1.  Underbust-34”

2.  Waist-31”

3.  Hip Crest (3″ below waist)-38”

4.  Mid-Hip (5″ below waist)-42:

5.  Nipple to waist-7.5”

6.  Underbust to waist-4.25”

7.  Waist to Lap-6”

After waiting three months, I have received the first photos of my new waist training corset! It is currently in the post, so as soon as it arrives, I will post photos of me wearing it.

Please note that the corset will have lacing cords instead of ribbon.

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I can’t wait to see the corset in person, and try it on! As soon as I do, I will post photos of me wearing it!

April 2016

I have received my corset, and it looks beautiful! Although there are certain aspects that I’m not 100% happy with, overall its a stunning garment, and fits me very well.

I have spent the last two weeks seasoning my new custom corset and it’s now ready for extended periods of wear. Seasoning is the process of ‘breaking in’ a new corset. This is a topic that I will go into in detail on my main blog.

As you can see in the photo on the left, the corset is not done up very tightly (this was about 1 week into seasoning the corset), and the photo on the right is me wearing the corset as tightly as I can right now.

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I will be documenting my measurements, weight and progress photos throughout my waist training journey. I will be as accurate as possible with the measurements, and publishing some extremely unflattering photos along the way!

I have put on a LOT of weight recently, mainly due to the fact that I have been stressed at work, and about some other personal issues, which has led to a fair amount of binge-eating. In the past 6 months, I have gained 6.5 kgs, and I feel unhealthy. Although I love the fact that foundations garments and corsets shape the body, they are no substitute for good health. I have wanted to waist train for a while now, but this weight gain is a very good excuse to lose the weight and get back to the healthy body I had last year.


 

Week 1: 11/04/2016 – 17/04/2016

Weight: 93.5 kgs

Height: 5’11”

BMI: 29 (overweight)

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Measurements – With corset (inches)

  • Waist: 30
  • High hip: 42.5
  • Hip: 47

Measurements – Without corset (inches)

  • Waist: 33
  • High hip: 44
  • Hip: 47
  • Arm: 13.5
  • Thigh: 23.5

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This was my first week waist training. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and I actually looked forward to wearing my corset. I have experienced some heart burn during this week, so I’m trying to work out which foods are causing this to happen. On the Thursday, I had some rib pain, so I took the corset off and massaged my skin once I got home.

I wore my corset for 10 hours a day cinched to 30″. I started off with 29.5 on the Monday but it was a little tight for me at this point. I laced it 0.5″ more open for the rest of the week and it was much more comfortable. I took Saturday off from wearing my corset, and will continue to take one day off a week.

In terms of eating, I have to admit to having a bad food week. I have had a very stressful week, and so reached for the biscuits… which is terrible when waist training, I’m fully aware of that. I tried to eat less and more frequently, which can be quite challenging when working a busy job. I made it to the gym three times during the week, as well as trying to walk up to 30 minutes on the other days. This is something I need to seriously improve upon.

Looking at my weight and measurements below, I’m actually surprised! I lost 1kg and 1.5 inches from my waist. I’m obviously still classed as overweight according to my BMI calculation, and that’s the biggest concern for me at this point.


Week 1: 18/04/2016 – 24/04/2016

Weight: 92.5 kgs

Height: 5’11”

BMI: 28.7 (overweight)

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Measurements – With corset (inches)

  • Waist: 29.3
  • High hip: 42.5
  • Hip: 46

Measurements – Without corset (inches)

  • Waist: 31.5
  • High hip: 43
  • Hip: 46.5
  • Arm: 13.5
  • Thigh: 23.5

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I stopped taking photos and details of my measurements after two weeks as I was going into one of my dreaded dark clouds of depression. When this hits, I have no motivation to exercise and tend to binge eat.

Despite wearing my corset from around 8 am until 6pm, six days a week, I still managed to comfort eat, mostly things like pizza, pasta, bread, crisps etc.

The interesting thing is that despite putting on weight during this time, my waist has retained the same measurements as week two.

So what’s the plan now? Well, I feel like I am coming out of this episode (is that even the right word for it??) and feel more motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. I have joined a new gym to keep things fresh and will be eating a lot healthier in the coming weeks.

I hope this hasn’t been too disappointing, but it’s the reality and I like to keep things honest here! I will start posting my weight, measurements and photos again soon.