I have always been fascinated with corset training and have wanted to do it for a long time. I couldn't really justify spending money on one until I came across Junesbugs and Georgia Peaches! Amanda (Modern June Cleaver) shared several posts that inspired me to just go for it. If I was going to be spending a lot of money on a corset then I was going to do it right with patience. I don't want to hurt myself or the corset.
I chose Orchard Corset for a black underbust! I was able to get in touch with Danielle from the site to get the correct size and length for me. Super helpful! My torso is short and I bend closer to my navel than the small of my waist so I added an inch to my measurement. I purchased the Steel-Boned CS-411 in 24" for only $67! It's normally $199. :) You can free shipping in the US.
Orchard Corset came with instructions that said you should wear it loosely for 1-2 hours to break it in. When I opened my package and compared the closed corset to my body, it was just "No way will this ever close."
It doesn't hurt and I have no problems with breathing. This is just a gradual process. I started wearing it for 1-2 hours, then 3-5 hours and now 8-10 hours. Wearing it loosely and then tightening it over the whole month. I have an issue with having horrible posture and some back pain. It's very comfortable for me and haven't experienced any back pain since wearing it. Which is perfect since I'm sitting on my butt doing orders or editing sessions.
The majority of people that messaged me had thought this was permanent. Your stomach will look a bit flat but it will go back to normal in a few minutes after taking it off. I have done research and in some cases, people could get a reduction of a few inches but you have to wear it constantly for a long time. It's something that you have to continue wearing to keep an extreme body modification.
There has been a couple of times when I couldn't eat as much as I normally do. I worked out for half of the time I've been wearing this just to keep my core strong. I don't wear the corset for 1-2 days a week sometimes.
Lucy's Corsetry has a ton of videos on this if you're interested!