|Victorian Corset - Front Lacing|
I received my first custom made corset over 20 years ago. Before I had a spotted history with shapewear. I remember that both my mother and grandmother wore shaping garments that had garters that held up their nylon hosiery. I do not remember these being complex garments and believe these would be described as just your basic 1950's era girdle.
Up until recently, I have been rather skinny, so during my early outings crossdressed, I typically only wore support pantyhose. Sometimes to emulated my role models, a longline bra or the simple girdle. I remember well getting a new waist cincher and wearing it to a support group dinner. Typically, at the end of the meal, I was so uncomfortable I would promise, never again. That promise was short lived after seeing the photos of how it did shape the body into a beautiful feminine hourglass shape. I was hooked – (pun intended).
I had a love-hate relationship with the waist cincher. They do not last long and stretched out quickly. Not only that, but they continued to apply pressure all evening and by the end of most evenings, really uncomfortable. There must be something better?
|Corset 2.0 - 2002|
An online search yielded an individual in Kansas City that, based on a chart and your measurements, would make a custom fitting corset; not cheap. Any Crowder of Wasp Creations made my first corset about 1998. It was an industrial strength garment made for what I call cotton tent material, heavily boned with meal spiral bands, a front metal busk (hooks) and adjustable lacing in the back.
This was not a pretty garment. It was designed to do it's purpose and hide in plain sight. I was amazed by its strength. Plus, Any's engineering and attention to design/construction details was amazing.
I really goofed with Corset 1.0. The measurements I provided must have been my fantasy “Want-To-Be” shape. Amy made exactly what I ordered. I was never able to get that corset on, much less lace it. Lesson learned - Be realistic when taking measurements.
It took me while to contact Amy again and admit how much of a total disaster my original measurements were. Amy suggested coming in for a custom fitting as many of her customers did. However, I was not traveling as much back then, so that was not a good option.
We had many phone conversations and she had the pattern for the original to start. About 6 week later "Corset 2.0" arrived.
Stay tuned – Tomorrow Corset 2.0.