Today is Day 5.
The corset is becoming increasingly more comfortable. As of Thursday morning, I think the thing has stretched/formed to my natural waist. It no longer tries to ride up on my ribs, and instead of compressing the ribs, it feels more like it’s cupping them.
Source: Wikimedia Commons
The corset is going on easily now, the busk snapping into place quite nicely. It only takes a minute or so to get corsetted up. I do tighten the laces several times during the day, which becomes easier as the thing warms up (and my waist does as well.)
My only remaining problem is my tummy. Yes, I have a rounded tummy and, sometimes when I sit, the very bottom of the busk digs in. This happens most frequently in the car, but also when I squat (yes, I know that’s not ladylike) to pick something up off the floor. So I’m learning to suck in my gut first. Hmmm.
For those who haven’t worn a corset, I still have some flexibility inside the corset. So it’s not as if my spine can’t move at all. I’m just limited. Also, my shoulders and neck are completely separate, so they’re not having any issues.
As far as sitting up straight while working goes, this is fine. I’m being much better about that.
Question asked over on FB:
Are you wearing normal clothes? How do they fit over the corset?
I’m currently wearing yoga pants, a t-shirt, and a big ‘ol sweatshirt. They fit fine over the corset, and no one has commented, so I don’t suppose it’s noticeable.
And, I weighed this morning and have lost 5 pounds since the last time I weighed (2 weeks ago). I suspect that a lot of that is merely a factor of my appetite being suppressed.
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OK, the bathroom.
I now know why Victorian/Edwardian women were floating around the house in their dressing gowns all morning instead of getting up right away and getting dressed: they were waiting for certain bodily functions to be over with.
In my case, there’s been no change in the bodily functions themselves…and I assure you, I’ve done ALL the bodily functions this week. Bad week to start with the corset, huh? But it’s over with now.
What is different? Cleaning up afterward. Since I can’t bend much at the waist, reaching certain areas becomes more difficult. Not impossible, just more difficult.
So if I were an Edwardian lady, I would probably put off donning the corset until after….um….the coffee has worked (as we say euphemistically here.)
And if I were wealthy enough, I would just plead a headache for certain days of the month and stay home in the afore-mentioned dressing gown.
Unfortunately, working women didn’t have any choice about that sort of thing, and had to get up into the corset before dawn….so that must have been a royal pain.