Anonymous asked: I want a bra that makes me feel sexy but I'm kinda broke and I wear an awkward size (34DDD fits better but a 36DD does the trick). Any suggestions?
34DDD (34E) is a pretty common size actually and there are tons and tons of brands that make it. I don’t know what your taste is as far as sexy bras or your budget, but figleaves and ASOS are usually my first options to check out.
One of the most extraordinary accounts of corsetry comes from a manuscript of 1597, which describes how a 14-year-old English girl, the daughter of a gentleman named Mr. Starkie, was allegedly possessed by a devil, which caused her to shout out various sartorial demands, including a prestigious and luxurious pair of bodies:
'I will have a fine smock of silk… [and] a French bode, not of whalebone, of that is not stiff enough but of horne for that will hold it out, it shall come, to keep in my belly… My lad I will have a Busk of whalebone, it shall be tied with two silk points and I will have a a drawn wrought stomacher imbroidered with gold…
Valerie Steele, The Corset: A Cultural History (via peach-blossom-spring)
I adore this book
I have never documented this myself, but having given and gave mockup/ toile fittings overseas, this is a nice case study.
For those not comfortable trying on an overbust mockup without a shirt underneath, light fitted shirt or cami like Caro is wearing helps. If you don’t intend to wear a bra under the finished overbust, then also go sans bra with the mockup to see how it will support and shape your bust area.
And remember to try to sit down in the mockup and be sure that it doesn’t hit your lap! ^^
If it’s okay with the corsetiere, don’t be afraid to write allllllll over the mockup. I have preferred that my past clients wrote on the mockup in addition to notes by Skype or email, to remind me of the little tweaks.
Thanks to Caro for showing how to be a good client. :)
All this commentary is perfect. Thanks Lucy!