Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Guess What I'm Wearing

All my recent custom orders are now done and I had a little time yesterday to make up some more pieces for the Maker Faire. Every day closer to this event increases my anxiety just a little. As I've mentioned more than once, this is my first in person event in many years. The last time I sold anything in public I was capable of tatting only flower pendants, simple bracelets and bookmarks. I did a microscopic fair with my Mother-in-law and I did not enjoy the many people who assumed that this was a flea market. I honestly didn't think I'd ever try this out again, but I really want to meet the other members of the Steam Team and so I will endure. I have no idea if I've got enough things or vastly too many things. Okay, I'll just let that all go for know before I drive myself insane.

In other slightly insane news, I am wearing a corset right now. First a little background, I have had two beautiful, but huge babies. This has left me with a condition known as diastasis, basically the inner ab muscle are no longer friends and the gap between them has made it impossible for me to get a stomach even remotely resembling the one I had previously. Sure I've exercised and I've lost all the weight I ever need to. I don't plan on stopping the exercise, but my limited research has indicated that short of a surgical correction, there's basically jack I can do about it. In some cases no amount of exercise will coax the things together. My solution: waist training with corsets. Before you start worrying about my health and well being, I have no intention of tight lacing to a 17" waist. I'm just going to wear a corset night and most of the day for months to see if the compression will help the muscles back together.

I just started this weekend and was pleasantly surprised that sleeping in a corset is not particularly uncomfortable. I've also noted another possible positive effect on my posture. I started to seriously loose that dancer posture I had maintained while pregnant and subsequently from carrying my children around. I tend to lean back and when I sit, I slouch like a teenage boy. The corset immediately corrects this problem while wearing it, but it also helps me maintain proper posture when it is off. I suppose it's a sort of muscle memory effect. It has slowed down my tatting a bit as I adjust to the new position, but as someone suggested yesterday, perhaps it will keep me from further back and shoulder injuries as well.

I need do to get myself a few more of these corsets, but as you can imagine a well made one is not cheap and with the house buying looming on the horizon(no haven't heard anything new yet)...no big purchases for me. I joked a bit yesterday that I need to find a corsetry artist that will trade for tatted lace, but I'm not really kidding...anyone? The nice one I have now I got from Timeless trends and it fits me well and is comfortable. Theirs are the least expensive quality ones that I've found, but until recently I've really only looked for "pretty" so I might have missed some. Anyway, more tatting for the faire today and cleaning, for my oldest is having a birthday this weekend and the family will again invade the home. Until tomorrow.

5 comments:

Zian said...

Sounds like you have it 'stitched up' not only with the market event and new partnerships, but also your solution to mending your body. Best of luck with all of it. (I think the sales should be quite healthy - your work is beautiful!)

ArtSnark said...

There are such fabulous corsets out there (especially on etsy)! You get to look great while improving your posture- very cool

. c h o k l i t . said...

Custom made, while way more expensive, feels FAR better than off-the-rack since it's make for your body shape. I can wear my custom ones comfortably for hours longer than the readymades.

Try www.meschantes.com (sometimes can find cheaper on eBay)...

Good luck! Can't wait to see you IRL!

Wenchie said...

Corsets are the best for posture correction! When my lower back was having pains I wore my corset for a day and that fixed the issue! So I really think that the waist training will work for you

Willow Forrestall said...

I Would Trade a corset for the lace! I so need Lace for my Gowns we should talk! :)