These past couple of weeks have been really sluggish for me. I don't know what it is. I have a mild throat congestion that won't go away and it feels like I can't ever clear my throat. My energy has been in the tank no matter what I do or eat or think. Sheesh.
Maybe it's the hot weather. Maybe it's the two really disappointing job prospects that ended (really hoping to get one of those). I'm not sure. All I know is I hate not having initiative, so I looked around my apartment and said I need to do something. Will power! Yesterday I spent the entire day sweeping the cat off the floor, cleaning, putting clothes away and even finished some half done Make and Mend projects. I even made tapioca, although it was a very lame first vegan attempt.
I feel better, kind of. I guess I'm getting to a physical place where I feel gross if I'm not active or doing something. I don't sleep much, 6 hours or so a night. So the rest of the time I fill with projects. I've been drawing a lot more, yay me. I always feel I never draw enough, so me consciously putting pencil to paper keeps me going. I've also realized if I don't eat I get tired. So I'll sauté some veggies and I'm good for another 5 hours. That made me realize I want to put a bit more focus on what's under the hood. Not just body wise, but clothing wise as well.
I'm severely lacking in foundation garments. Nowhere near the options I've had for years in my handmade clothing. I need bras, leisure bras, and slips and all those types of things that will keep me comfy and make me look good while I'm wearing my clothes. For a while I've felt like I've half assed it. So I thought it was time I put some real effort into my foundation garments. Here is what I have planned.
First off I want to finally make the bra from my repro pattern. I'll have to do some mockups, something Onda will not be able to help me with. I love the gal, but she's not squishy.
The bra is sized for the entire bust. It's vintage, back when 'cup size' was not really variable. I must say, I do so thank modern foundation garments for the advent of cup size. Yay! My bra band size is 38", my full bust is 48". That makes me a 38I, which is fairly hard to find, even on some sites that cater to the larger gal.
That makes me cleave to my brand of bra all the more, Glamorise.
They tout being around since 1921, but I'm sure the company has been under so many names it probably can't recall all of them. I emailed their info line to see if they had more history on the company. I'm waiting to hear back.
I'm a magic lift gal. Bra #1001. Nothing else, at all. Now everyone knows what to get me for Christmas! :) I've been getting this bra for years and just bought 3 more. The thing is, they didn't have the 38I, so I did what the lady who measured me told me: "It's fairly safe to go down a cup size and up a band size (or vice versa) if you exact size is not available." That's what I did.
I bought a 40H from here.
The fit is different. Not bad, but different. I've been wearing it for a few days and I already have to clasp it to the tightest setting, and that's too loose! So I'll have to take the band in a bit. Never thought I'd be tailoring my own bras.
I also bought this shaper. It's nowhere near my size (it's a 50C) so I'm going to be shaping it down, removing the cups, and using one of my old bras I'm going to make new cups for it so I will have a properly fitting all in one. I'm excited about that.
If you think about it, that's what women did, especially when they made their own. I mean, think of corsets! How tailored those puppies are, right!?
I finally bought a corset pattern.
I want to start on some Steampunk costumes in the fall, so I thought I'd go on and get my feet wet with corset making. This one from reviews I've read (and Beth is making it) seem to be a good starting one. It's got good clean lines, easy to alter the bust, so I'm going to give it a try.
Geeze, a corset. I'll have to whip up a corset cover, and while I'm at it bloomers and stuff! Man, what have I gotten myself into!?
On a simpler note, I've also got the notion to whip up some vintage slips and bloomers and a few leisure bras.
That's about it. Just a bit of redirection from the outside to the inside. It's been neglected for far too long. Stay tuned for fun projects, lace and bra talk! Come on, you all love the bra talk! :D
I'm feeling a bit modern today. One of my favorite 'collaboration' bands that is no more.