And, congratulations to ballistabob. He is now the proud owner of a beautiful candy-apple red V6 RAV4. Pennsic, here we come!
At any rate, the new plan of not doing any hard workouts on fencing day has worked very well. Now we are doing the kickass resistance training the previous day, so I am not totally wiped out by the time I hit practice.
And speaking or workouts, our new plan is working very well. Or at least it has kept the workouts fun and help avoid gym boredom. We are about to finish our 3 weeks of 5-10-20 type routine (drop me a line if you want to know more about 5-10-20!), and then we will have one week of a routine that requires combining free weights with 2 minute intervales of threadmill at a 15 incline. After that, we will follow with 3 weeks of pyramid training, and so on and so forth. (Again, drop me a line if you want to learn more about pyramid training. I can geek for hours on these things.)
I love the new plan.
But enough of fencing and working out. Let's talk about boobs.
(Yes boys and girls, female period costume is always about the boobs!)
As you know by now, I have been obsessing about the bust line of my (subliminally Italian) French gown. As a result, I spent yesterday the better time of a meeting staring at the chest of one of the participants, who is built remarkably like the Princesse de Condé. This lady was wearing a sweater that buttoned all the way up from her waist to her throat, just like the Princesse's doublet.
Here are my conclusions: Although this lady did have a curve on her chest (and how could she not?), if I had tried to paint her on squarely straight pose such as the Princesses' portrait, I would have had to depict the buttoned top as a straight line. Hence, it would have looked as if she had a completely flat chest, even though she did not.
Of course, now everyone must be wondering why I was staring at a co-worker's chest for about an hour, but who cares? Chalk it up to research.
Moreover, I went back to look at the profile of the portraits in the Valois tapestries. This is what the chest of Louise de Lorraine, another French princess, looked like. See the slight chest curve? Different dress, same principle.
True, these tapestries are Flemish, but they are based on Caron's drawings of Caterine de Medici's Court -- Caron being one of the top French painters at the time, so it's very close to the originals.
I had almost forgotten about that in my obsession with the perfect flat chest.
So French curves are okay. At least in some types of dresses. I can include that in my documentation too.
But I am happy now.