A corset-obsessed mother has revealed how she shrunk her waist by four inches after wearing the binding garments every day for hours on end.
The visual artist, who is mother to daughter Kestrel, six, began using steel-boned corsets in 2012 after coming across them while searching for something that would help with her posture.
Going, going, gone: Mother-of-one Sarah Vaeth, 45, has shrunk her waist by a whopping four inches by wearing steel-boned corsets every day for 16 hours
Itsy bitsy: The Oregon resident says she loves the ‘hyper-feminine curves’ that her corsets give her – and she is determined to shrink her waist further than the 23 inches it is currently at
Spot the difference: Sarah first began wearing corsets in 2012 because she was told they could help her posture – however she soon realized that they completely transformed her body, too
Impressed: ‘Once I tried on my first corset, I was surprised by the dramatic effect it had on my appearance, even cinched relatively loosely,’ Sarah said
She soon started wearing a corset every day for the sole purpose of shrinking her waist.
‘Once I tried on my first corset, I was surprised by the dramatic effect it had on my appearance, even cinched relatively loosely,’ Sarah told Jam Press.
‘The hyper-feminine curve it created was so different from my natural figure.
‘The possibility of re-shaping the body was incredibly compelling to me and I was hooked on corsets from that moment on.’
After falling in love with the tight-fitting undergarment, Sarah began wearing smaller corsets which involve repositioning the lower ribs.
‘The first corset I bought had a 24 inch waist. The corsets I wear now are 16 inches at the waist.’
She said: ‘Once I moved from that first corset to a tighter one, I was undertaking a process in which pressure is gently but continuously applied to the ribs, gradually moving them into a narrower position.
Evolution: When Sarah began wearing corsets, she was using a 24-inch design, however she has since moved onto a 16-inch garment, and has plans to go even smaller
No rest: She even wears her corset while sleeping, explaining that she has tailored her diet to ensure that she eats less in the afternoons and evenings so she is comfortable at bedtime
Changes: The tighter the corsets became, the more of an impact they had on Sarah’s body, with the smaller options actually working to move her lower ribs
Ouch! ‘Once I moved to a tighter [corset], I was undertaking a process in which pressure is… continuously applied to the ribs, gradually moving them into a narrower position,’ she said
‘Each time I’ve sized down to a smaller corset, the ribs are nudged a little further from the natural wide-splayed orientation towards a more circular one, creating a narrower midsection.’
Despite wearing the tiny garment every day, Sarah insists that she is able to eat and drink as normal.
And she enjoys the challenge of modifying her waist size.
She said: ‘The only change I’ve made to stay tightly corseted is in terms of portion control.
‘My calorie intake is the same, but the calories are spread out more evenly throughout the day.
‘I’ll eat a small dinner so that I can sleep comfortably in the corset.
‘Consequently, I eat more at breakfast and more snacks than I used to.
‘It requires patience and self-discipline. Holding myself to a challenge is something I value in and of itself.’
She also notes that the corset only feels uncomfortable when it is new and rigid but will soften up after a couple of weeks, which makes it easier to wear.
Defense: Sarah insists that her doctor has confirmed the corsets aren’t causing any damage to her internal organs
Obsessed: ‘The possibility of re-shaping the body was incredibly compelling to me and I was hooked on corsets from that moment on,’ she said of her first experience with the garments
Secret: Sarah now wears her corsets almost constantly, using them under her clothes to make her waist look as tiny as possible
Practical: She even keeps her corset on while she is doing housework and chores
Sarah added: ‘And my body will also adjust as my ribs respond to the pressure.
‘Once my corset and my body are both broken in, the corset just feels like a firm vest – it’s supportive and comforting.
‘I’ve only experienced pain with corsets which, as I realized in retrospect, were sized incorrectly for my body, putting inappropriate pressure on the hips or upper torso.’
Despite concerns over the safety of wearing corsets, Sarah believes there are no long-term negative health implications, even while wearing an extremely tight one – and has talked to her doctor about it.
‘There are a lot of horrifying misconceptions about the dangers of corsets but no evidence to back them up,’ she claims.
‘Some of the myths circulating about corsets have their origin in the writings of Victorian physicians, who misattributed a variety of diseases caused by microorganisms, toxins and heredity to corsets (and other articles of clothing).
Something for everyone: The mom even uses corsets when she dresses up in costumes
Throwback: Sarah, pictured while pregnant with her daughter Kestrel, now six, admits that she has experienced pain from her corsets – but says that is because they didn’t fit properly
Dedication: While the mom can take a break from wearing the corsets at any time, if she quits for good it’s likely her ribs will eventually shift back to their natural position
Plans: Sarah, pictured with daughter Kestrel, has ordered a 15-inch corset that is even smaller than the design she currently wears and she plans to keep shrinking her waist
‘There isn’t much research from the modern medical era into the effects of corsets on the body.
‘But the little that has been done is very reassuring.
‘I have talked to my doctor about my corsets. He examined me while I was wearing my corset to see where it was putting pressure.
‘Based on what he saw, he thought there was no way that it could be affecting my organs.
‘I also asked him to look over the results of my annual blood panels going back to before I started corseting.
‘Everything was normal, and there was no change from before corsets to after.’
While the mom says she can take a break from wearing the corsets at any time, if she quits for good it’s likely her ribs will eventually shift back to their genetically determined position within a year.
She added: ‘Because I do want to go smaller, I’ve ordered a 15-inch corset from another corsetier who specializes in bespoke corsets.
‘I’m hoping it arrives by Christmas!’