(1890’s Overbust Corset, Image Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art)
Look at all the beautiful little details on this 1890’s corset!
Once again I have these beauties on my mind because this morning I ordered my first steel boned underbust corset! In about a week or so, I will have 14 steel bones hugging me and hopefully making life at least a little better pain management wise. Much hemming and hawing, reading and research was done in the last two weeks, but I finally took the plunge. I would still love to learn to sew my own corsets one day, because they can be such things of beauty as well as function, but I’m going to work on getting my fitting skills, etc, up to scratch before taking that next step.
The injury to my back and neck may actually have been a pinched nerve, but I’m still not entirely sure. I do know that it is finally starting to get better/easier to manage and I’m mostly dealing with my regular ol’ daily back pain, which I figure an underbust corset could help quite a bit. But since the injury, whatever it was/is, is finally starting to get easier to cope with, I’m now able to get some actual sewing done! I just have to take it slowly and try to make myself do only a little at a time, not hours upon hours at the machine – sadly. I’m glad that I am at this point though, at least, because being stuck lying on my back unable to sew and create and do all the little things in general that make me happy and relieve anxiety was absolutely soul crushing.
I’m hoping once I get my corset, it will help me be able to handle things that have been painful and hard for decades – like sitting in chairs of any kind for more than a few minutes at a time! If a bit of fabric, lace and steel could help me manage the level of pain I am in on a daily basis, it would improve the quality of my life a heck of a lot and give me more freedom to do the things that I love. My fingers are firmly crossed.
So, since I gave you some scattered thoughts on how I just bought a corset (!!), and showed you one lovely photograph I thought I would share a few more images with you from The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s website, which has some beautiful corsets in it’s collection, you really must give their site a visit and have a look for yourself!
(Image Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art)