Each client who has a lacer in her support should be taught how to tie the Spencer Knot, because this knot holds securely yet is easily untied.
Tying of the knot is easy to learn and to teach when these steps are followed (see Fig. 203).
The loop ends and knot should now be tucked through the space between the lacer, and under the corset edge (see Fig. 204). Pull on lacer A and the knot will untie easily.
When placing a lacer in a Front Lace Corset or Spencer-All, start at the top and lace down to the bottom. Leave loops at the waistline and as near the lower end of the clasp or front bones as possible, but never below the clasp or front bones. The lower loops must always pull against the clasp or front bones.
To locate waistline loop, measure down from top of support at centre-front a distance equal to the Height at Front Measurement. This will be the waistline. The measurement may be obtained from the duplicate order form.
If the waistline falls directly upon a pair of eyelets, these waistline eyelets will locate the top strand of the loop.
To form the loop, skip the waistline eyelets and bring lacers up through the next pair of eyelets below, then pass lacers down through the waistline eyelets as shown in Figure 205.
If the waistline falls between two pairs of eyelets, bring lacers from the eyelets below the waistline and pass them down through the eyelets above the waistline.
Note that in Figure 205 the Front Lace has an odd number of eyelets (3) above the centre of the waistline loop. Therefore lacer ends are started (at the top) from underneath. When there is an even number of eyelets above centre of waistline loop, the lacer ends are started on the outside of the support.
Loops are made by threading the lacer through the eyelets as illustrated in Figure 205. Threading the lacer in this way permits no open spaces between lacers through which the flesh can bulge.
Every alternate "X" of the lacer crosses on the outside of the corset ; the others cross underneath. In adjusting the lacer, it is easy to grasp the strands which cross on the outside.
To locate the loop at the end of the front bones, turn back the soft cloth at the end of the front bones. If a pair of eyelets is on the edge where the cloth turns back, the next two pairs of eyelets above should be used. In all cases, both strands of the loop must be above the ends of the front bones.
When the Spensupport is ordered Front Lace it is made with a strap and slide below the lacer. Only loops at waistline are needed (see Fig. 206). Otherwise the Spensupport is laced in the same manner as the Front Lace Corset.
All lacers (elastic) should be started at the bottom and tied at the top, with loose ends tucked inside of corset at the top. While the stretch of the lacer allows for some increase in the size of the figure, the lacers should be let out for additional adjustment as needed. Do not adjust lacers so tightly that all stretch of elastic is taken up. This might cause harmful constriction and the lacers would break under strain. Daily adjustment of lacers is unnecessary.
Starting on the left side of breast support, thread lacer from underneath through the two top eyelets. Cross lacer and thread back through top eyelets from outside. (This places three strands across top—two on outside and one on inside).
Next, pass lacer (from inside the breast support) from top right eyelet through the second eyelet from top at left. Cross over on outside to eyelet directly opposite and draw lacer through this eyelet.
Pass the other end of the lacer (from inside of breast support) from top left eyelet through the third eyelet from top at right. Cross over on outside to eyelet directly opposite and draw lacer through this eyelet.
Continue so that all cross strands on the outside go straight across from one eyelet to the eyelet directly opposite (see Fig. 207) Tie ends of lacer together at bottom.
To lace the right side of the breast support do exactly the opposite, after forming the triple lacing in top eyelets. The cross strands on the outside should go straight across in the same manner, but when you start to lace down, pass the lacer from top left eyelet to second eyelet from top at right.
Figure 207 shows left side of breast support properly laced.
Figure 208 shows Thighband correctly laced with two short elastic lacers. This prevents excessive wrinkling and drawing-in at the groin.
When there is an even number of eyelets on each side of the Thighband, each lacer serves the same number of eyelets. When there is an odd number of eyelets on each side, the upper lacer will serve one less pair than the lower lacer, as shown in Figure 208.
When either lacer serves an odd number of eyelets on each side, as shown at the top of sketch, the lacer ends are started from the OUTSIDE. When an even number, as shown at bottom of sketch, the lacer ends are started from the INSIDE. End knots will be inside and outer clothing will not reveal the outlines of the lacers or knots.
In Figure 208, the upper lacer is to accommodate an odd number of eyelets on each side. Therefore, start from outside, and thread through eyelets twice to form triple cross strands, two on inside and one on outside. Then lace to top and put through top eyelets twice to form triple cross strands when tied, two on outside and one on inside.
When adjusting support on the figure, see that elastic lacers are under slight tension. If adjusted so tightly that there is no more stretch, lacers will break when client sits down.