Friday, September 26, 2008

Back in business

With the fall in full swing, corset time is back! I am once again cinched up. Just another reason why I love the cooler weather. But with the return comes the return of some of my lacing anxieties--namely, corset care and visibility.

When I took off my corset for the warmer weather, I mentioned that my corsets would be spending their summer in rehab. Stays had popped through casings, and the friction of my clothes against my corsets was taking its toll. What I discovered was that my new best friend is extra-wide grosgrain ribbon. For any of you with corsets needing repairs, this is your quick fix. Grosgrain, also used sometimes as a seam binding, can be folded over the edge of the corset where the stays are coming out, and once carefully stitched into place, it's an effective patch.

Of course I'd rather get a new corset. Okay, I'd really rather get several new corsets. One of my biggest concerns as a tightlacer is people seeing the lines of my corset, and the extra layer of the grosgrain, though slight, doesn't help alleviate my concerns. I hope nobody looks at me and thinks that if they just do enough situps they, too, can achieve a 22.5 inch waist. They'd get frustrated, so I would really prefer if people could put it together and figure it out. But just as I don't want any other pieces of my underwear to show, I don't want my corset to show. And even with new corsets, it can be difficult to find one that is both effective and invisible.

My solution is to wear clothes that already have some weight to them, and that aren't skin tight. Of course I love my pencil skirts and pencil dresses, but I don't like feeling self-conscious either. It's an ongoing battle, which usually means that I end up trying to replace my wardrobe with clothes that I feel are better for keeping my secret.

In the meantime, it's not going to stop me from lacing. My man says it probably doesn't occur to anyone that I would be wearing a full corset, because most people don't think of them as options for everyday wear. I hope so. In the meantime, secret or no, it's great to be me again--laces and all.


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Rapunzel said...

If only it weren't so damned hot here year round...I'm envious of your cool weather, and the opportunity to have a cool-weather wardrobe!

goodgirl said...

allow me to make a suggestion: textured clothing. I too wear a corset and I find any article of clothing that has a texture rather than flat appearance helps keep the corset a "secret". Although unlike you I do not mind anyone knowing, especially in this day and age when so many wear corsets as tops, I still like to appear discrete from time to time and so I blanket my torso with articles that mask my tight bodice.

Happy lacing.

~His grace

Kitty du Vert said...

anonymous, glad you stopped by! i also adore pinupgirlclothing, not least for the fact that it happens to be a great source for pics of Masuimi.

rapunzel, wish there were something I could do to cool things off for you, but i'm sure you're fabulous in whatever season wardrobe you wear!

goodgirl, great idea! I will definitely keep that in mind while looking at clothes. i also must commend you on the "lotion in hair" solution for humidity. it really does work!

Meredith said...

(I know this post is ages old, but I just discovered your blog and I'm catching up on back entries.)

I am generally unconcerned about people being able to see my corset, but even though it's often quite visible, I've only been questioned a couple times in several months. Tightlacing is generally greeted with a positive reaction, or at least interest.

But I think that corsets are so uncommon as actually underwear (in the way you and I wear them) that most people just skip right over my tiny little waist without thinking much about it.

Kitty du Vert said...

Meredith, I think you're right...many people would never even consider the possibility that someone is wearing a corset!


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