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Hungover Vlog: Corset Care After a Night Out

What is shame?

I’m not sure. I think it’s cultural construct that gets in the way of people appreciating the silliness and truth in their humanity.

That’s why I made a shamelessly hungover, instructional vlog, demonstrating one of our simple, industry tips on corset care. Yet again I humble myself on the internet: for you. You’re welcome. And when better to demonstrate this particular corset care tip than after a ruckus night out?

…I probably could have done this better. Oh well, here goes:

For those of you who like contextual stories, read on (if not, skip to end).

There was once a girl in a stupid American Apparel dress. One day, she donned a corset an turned into a princess (kind of).

Corselette = wardrobe game changer.
Even whilst mustering the energy for a big night of rocking out, it’s clear that a corselette is a wardrobe game changer.

The princess wished very much to dance and be entertained, so she traveled to a far away land called Oakland, where the most zef minstrels in all of the world’s kingdoms were blowing fucking minds. 

Die Antwoord. Baby's on Fire.
Yes, yes, yes. Baby’s on Fire.

She danced and danced the night away, stomping around and having a blast at this strange festival of the celebration of large booty and …rats. 

It obviously got "freeky"
As was to be expected, things got “freeky”

When the night was over and she had returned to her own dominion (studio apartment) she was very tired and extremely sweaty.

Aaaaaand collapse.
Aaaaaand… collapse. Full circle!

Her clothes smelled of all the wonders the Oakland had to offer, and so, the next day — though the princess had turned back into a normal, scrappy lady — she had to freshen her corset. Because adults take care of their nice things. 

Caring for a sweaty, smelly, or even stained corset is easier than one might imagine. A simple brew of vodka and water (no, a cocktail spilled on you doesn’t count) will do wonders to freshen your garment and remove odor when dry cleaning is inconvenient. Watch the following video for details on how-to.


The underbust corset featured in this tale of an evening and it’s aftercare is Dark Garden’s black poplin corselette — of which I am a big fan. On long torso’d folk like myself, it acts like a wide waist belt: perfect to throw over any dress, jumpsuit, or pant/shirt outfit to amazing wasp-waist silhouette effects. Its smaller dimensions make it a great option for those with a shorter torso as well, for whom most underbust corsets are too long.

Lucy of Lucy’s Corsetry did a thorough review of Dark Garden’s corselette, which one can view here. It’s available for purchase on Dark Garden’s online boutique.

Simple tips like these can lengthen the life of your corset and make the experience of wearing them (for you and those smelling you) much more enjoyable. For more intensive (and sober) corset cleaning tips, refer to this article, written by Dark Garden pattern associate and stitcher, as well as very coherent corset blogger, Marianne. More for your bag of corset tricks — and happy (clean) corsetting!

LOVE,

Dark Garden's corselette in black diamond brocade fabric, paired with Dita Von Teese's Tulip Bra and high-waisted brief from her Von Follies line of lingerie (also available currently at the Dark Garden boutique). Photo by Joel Aron, modeled by Euphrates X
Dark Garden’s corselette in black diamond brocade fabric, paired with Dita Von Teese’s Tulip Bra and high-waisted brief (also available currently at the Dark Garden boutique) Photo by Joel Aron, modeled by Euphrates X

Euphrates X

Expert Fitter | Tightlacing Liaison (and resident delinquent)

Dark Garden Unique Corsetry

Vlog: Caring for a Leather Corset

Sweeping the floor, doing the dishes, feeding the cat, and conditioning the leather; housekeeping tasks are dependent, of course, on the household! 

I was in the midst of my evening household maintenance (and a glass of Malbec) when it occurred to me that I might share how it’s done.

Because one can really love leather. It’s the best stuff on earth. One wants to instinctively touch it, wear it, lick it… Ok, even if you don’t want to lick it, you must admit: it’s very compelling! It’s fashion forward, and yet, primal.

But how do you care for it? It’s not totally obvious. You can’t wash it: no, no, no. Heaven forbid you go out in the rain, like I did, and expose your second skin to the elements.

Well, there are things you can do to protect your garments, shoes, and CORSETS in the long run from wear: a little tender, loving, conditioning will do the trick.

Products used are Lexol Leather Conditioner and Lexol Ph Leather Cleaner, available at many shoe repair locations, or places that sell fine leather.

Although, I forgot to mention in the video that if you are using an unfamiliar brand of conditioner, especially on a light-colored leather, it’s best to test a hidden area (such as the back panel/modesty panel) before treating the whole corset, just in case!

And… do try to stay out of the rain.

CONTENTS
0:00 – 0:40 Intro
0:41 – 1:44 BE PREPARED – on Boy Scouts and Materials Needed
1:45 – 2:14 About My Custom Leather Corset
2:15 – 3:04 Applying the Conditioner
3:05 – 3:42 Why it’s Good to Condition
3:43 – 4:38 Getting Soaked and Buffing Off
4:39 – 5:36 Seeing the Results of Conditioning and Final Thoughts

CHEERS,

Euphrates X

Vlog: How to Put New Laces in Corset

By popular demand! Thorough video instruction on how to replace the lacing of your corset with new lacing, change out the color of your corset laces color, or simply change how your corset is laced so that the ties are in the middle of the back. Enjoy!

CONTENTS:
0:00 – 0:14 Introduction
0:15 – 0:27 Why one might re-lace a corset
0:28 – 0:42 Supplies needed
0:43 – 1:10 Calculating ribbon length needed to lace your corset
1:11 – 2:08 Measuring and cutting your ribbon
2:09 – 3:27 Marking grommets at the waist tape (where the finger pulls will be)
3:28 – 6:20 Lacing technique for top half of corset
6:21 – 8:05 Creating the middle finger pulls
8:06 – 10:35 Lacing Technique for bottom half of corset
10:36 – 12:00 Tying off
12:01 – 12:32 Evening up and outro

Now that your corset is all laced up, get in and out with my previous vlog.

Cheers,

photo
Photo by Edward Saenz

Euphrates X

Tightlacing Liaison | Expert Fitter

Dark Garden Unique Corsetry

Vlog: How to Lace Yourself into a Corset

Think you need a dresser, like the spoiled ladies of the yesteryear, to get in and out of a corset? I hear this sentiment repeated day after day, but let me tell you: it ain’t true!

Some of y’all just have to see it to believe it, so allow me to humble myself in front of a laptop camera for your benefit. Here is a detailed and very dorky tutorial rife with info and style tips on getting in and out of your corset.

It does take practice. I recommend practicing when you have no where to be, and no one waiting for you in the next room. Cozy up to a mirror, put on some music, treat your self to a delicious snack or some bubbly, and spend some time getting to know your corset. Lace in, lace out. Lace in, lace out. After about 10 times succession, you’ll be getting somewhere.

If performing fine motor activity behind your back is confounding you, it can help to put your corset on a pillow on your lap, so that you can practice lacing up facing it directly. If you can visualize what you are doing behind your back, it makes a world of difference, especially if it’s difficult for you to see over your shoulder in a mirror.

Video breakdown:

0:41 – About my corset, pants, and back panel

1:54 – Putting on the corset: closing the busk, assessing corset placement, finding the finger pulls, and lacing in (and when to stop)

7:53 – Tying off, tucking in

9:17 – Speed lacing

11:04 – Getting out of your corset

12:36 – Why it is important to loosen the laces every time

13:21 – Lacing in with a free standing back panel (modesty panel)

Hope this helps!

LOVE,
Euphrates X