Upon finishing this corset, I immediately tried it on. At first, I was a little alarmed at how snug and shaping it was., I felt like my kidneys where on the move. I put it away and cleaned up the catastrophe of my sewing table, but I couldn’t leave it alone and I’ve actually worn it a few times now. Here are my observations:
First, this thing is so much easier to breathe in than I thought at first. It is much more restrictive from the ribs down. After all, the idea is to give the wearer an exaggerated hour-glass figure, so it only makes sense to leave a little room at the top. Second, if you’re going to sit, you cannot sit in a padded chair, you must sit bold up-right on the edge of a hard chair. Lastly, like all corsets, you cannot drink anything carbonated while wearing the corset. I will never understand why carbonated drinks became so popular during the time corsets like this were in use. I love carbonated water, but I have found that to be the surest way to be wildly uncomfortable while wearing a corset is to drink something carbonated. Take my word for it, and spare yourselves the pain.
I’m wearing this corset during the writing of this post, as my back has been bothering me all day at work. I’m sitting in my chair, my posture is good, feet flat on the ground, and for the first time all day my back isn’t bothering me.
Hopefully, soon I’ll be able to make the chemise and bloomers to go along with this corset, the next step in my grand project to be revealed this September!