Again With The Comfort
One of the days, this past week, I wore a vintage dress to an evening get-together, and opted for a waist-cincher-panty-girdle thing made by Rago. I really love my Rago corselette, but my WORD this waist-girdle thing was a torture device! I was so bloody uncomfortable, I couldn't wait to get it off. Putting on the Victorian corset the next day felt so good in comparison!
|The left side - spiral steels; the right side - zip ties|
|When it comes time to make this pattern up again, I will reduce the bust, and flare the hips more.|
|Mocking up the 1869 "Fleshy Woman" corset. It's complicated, short waisted, and too big for me, but that's the point of a mockup!|
When I started this experiment, my goal was to reduce to 25 inches, and my extreme goal was to reduce to 24 inches. I'm not all that interested in that anymore - 25 inches would be nice, but I'm really very happy with 26. Going back to the ideal Victorian proportions, with a 10 inch difference between bust and waist, I think I shall much prefer an easy reduction to 26 inches at the waist in combination with even easier increase to 36 inches at the bust, rather than a reduction to 24 inches at the waist only. Yay for stuffies, and historically accurate at that!
Getting Used to It
So much of this seems to be just that - you get used to how a tight garment like this feels to wear. I'm always aware of it, but it doesn't bug me. I'm *really* aware of it when I take it off. I miss it, and it feels good to put it on again, rather than like a chore.
I definitely stand up straighter when not wearing the corset. My muscles have *not* atrophied, and I don't collapse in a heap of goo when I take the corset off. On the contrary: my body has been upright through the abdomen all day long, and continues, at least for a awhile, to hold itself in that position. That in itself makes one look more svelte!