I always seem to hear a lot about Steampunk ladies needing help getting into their corsets at Steampunk events. When I ask them why they need help and inform them I’ve been putting corsets on by myself since the moment I started wearing them, they stare at me as if I am insane. How is it that I am able to put on a corset by myself, they demand. Isn’t that physically impossible?
Ladies, I’m here to tell you it is not impossible to put on a corset by yourself, given a little practice and a correctly laced corset.
The fact of the matter is that most women had to put on their corsets by themselves because the majority of them did not have servants to assist them. The corset was a fundamental undergarment that nearly woman of every social class wore during the Victorian era. Given that, and the fact that not every woman of every social class had a servant, that leaves a lot of women in our past unable to dress themselves every day, right? Wrong. They figured it out, and rest assured, we can as well.
Allow me to direct your attention to a useful tutorial How To Put On A Corset… By Yourself by Corsets and Crinolines, a website dedicated to vintage fashion. This tutorial takes you step by step through the same method I use in putting on my corset. Though it requires some patience, putting on a corset by yourself can be done.
If you’re still finding it difficult to put on a corset by yourself after patiently following the directions linked above, it is highly likely you have an improperly laced corset (or fused elbow joints). Please view this lacing tutorial from Wasp Creations which will show you instructions in photographs for lacing a corset. If your corset is not laced in this manner, you will find it incredibly difficult to ensure the laces of your corset are properly and evenly tightened in general, and especially if you are attempting to put on the corset by yourself.
I hope this has helped a few of you become more independent in your corset wearing activities. Enjoy the new found freedom in being able to dress yourself in your Steampunk gear!