This week we take a break from historical facts and look at some good ol’ common sense facts about corsets.
I can not tell you how often I hear these questions when I’m out wearing or selling my corsets. Women ask if it is safe to wear a corset, if they will be able to breathe and eat, if they will be able to go to the bathroom, the list goes on and on. I reply, with the only thing that is uncomfortable do in a corset that is made well and fits you well is; chug beer and sneeze. Sneezing causes fast expansion and is slightly uncomfy in a corset, chugging beer or any fizzy drink for that matter just makes for a lot of carbonation in the belly that has no where to go.
I was reminded today by one of my other favorite sites HistoricalSewing.com that this is an issue we still need to address. That women and men still carry around the perception that wearing a corset is somehow dangerous and slightly like a straight jacket. That Victorians wanted tiny little waists and fainted all the time because of those tightly laced corsets.
I direct you to her blog as I could say it simply no better than she does, Dispelling the Myth of the Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Waist
This is a topic I will be coming back to, I think that it is so very important to be educated on how a corset should fit and why it should fit that way. I spend a lot of time with women and men making sure they get the right fit. But for now we need to understand the past and how it changes our perceptions of corsets today.