belfebe (belfebe) wrote,

Corsetry for the Lopsided

I have been swallowed by work, personal stuff, and yes, Chalice of the Sun God.

In regards to the latter, I feel very accomplished as several things have been ironed out, such as staff, help, schedule, and assorted other issues. All in all, a very productive weekend.

I have also been working on my 12th Night outfit, or at least working on version 2.0 of the pair of bodies. Alcega was a lot of help in trying to figure out how to get the off the shoulders look without the straps falling off. Once I finished my mock-up (version 1.0), which was made using very coarse linen, machine sewn channels, and plastic for boning, I was ready to try the real thing.

That's when I took a look at the $50 a yard taffeta and told to myself, "Maybe not."

Sooooo, I rummaged through my sewing room and found this nifty piece of leftover green wool. It was less than a yard, which means that it was too small to make anything, and too large to discard. However, it was the perfect size to make a corset. Add to that some leftover melon pink silk floss from another project, plus some leftover linen for the lining and interlining and, bingo! I get a nifty version 2.0 that cost me nothing. (Well, it did cost me what I originally paid for the stuff, but I did not have to go and make an additional purchase.)

Of course, now it is all being sewn by hand but if I make any mistakes or need to make any corrections, I won't care. The corset will still fit, look very nice, and will provide me with the practice that I need for version 3.0.

And speaking of corsets, fitting one for someone who has one natural and one fakey breast, is rather entertaining. You see, natural and fakey breasts behave very differently. Take for instance some very well known fakes: Victoria Beckham's. If you notice, those things look like they have been bolted on. Then take some natural ones, say, Bridget Mardquart's from The Girls Next Door. Those are squishy and don't look bolted on.

Now, for those of us who have had a one sided mastectomy, and opted for silicone, things get unexpectedly fun. When trying on a corset, the natural breast will go flat like it's supposed to, while the fake one will go "sproing!" on you. I am currently experimenting with some padding to see if I can get them even. I am also thinking about writing an article on this experiment. I am sure I am not the only woman in the world with this kind of situation.

It will be fun.

And that's all for today. I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend, and I hope to see many of you at Chalice!
Tags: costuming
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