Wearing the 1903

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:1903

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!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Elena says:

    Hi, I wear a corset every day, but have never had any troubles with carbonated drinks. I think it’s just you. 🙂

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    1. Lol, that would be just my luck! That’s so cool that you wear a corset every day! I would love to be able to do that.


      1. Elena says:

        I don’t have a choice really. My back is killing me otherwise. A corset is underwear, so it goes under clothing, not over. 🙂

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      2. Elena says:

        May be also this corset is too tight for you, or just the wrong shape. Your kidneys should not be on the move! In fact, a corset should straighten your back, that’s all. It is of course a bit constricting (ah, you noticed about deep padded sofas!), but you shouldn’t actually feel it. Like a good bra, really. 🙂

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      3. I am very curious about making them fit better, I’ve found some books on the subject that I want to read. My plan is for the next one to be much more well done!


      4. Elena says:

        I think it’s really difficult, a specialist craft! I’ve never attempted one. Our local corset company had a huge sale the year before, with free returns, so I bought every type of corset they had (about 20 different models) and tried them all on until I found the cut that fitted my figure. Returned all the rest… almost. 😉 But the difference in comfort or discomfort is tremendous between patterns, it depends how well it is suited to your body shape. Some of them I couldn’t even lace up because of the totally wrong shape for me. Now I’m just sticking to the same cut, and it is always comfortable. Looks like you need to find your shape in corsets. 🙂 Good luck!

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