sharpiefan: Text: Do you not know that in the Service one must always choose the lesser of two weevils (Two weevils)
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I have a new job! I'm a performer at Dickens World. Which basically mean I wear 'period' clothes and interact with the public all day. Much like re-enacting, really. It's good fun, the people are good.

I have one question for those who would know such things - and, fellow re-enactors, please don't die of shock. I do do authentic period correct stuff when I'm out re-enacting, although I play a male role.

I basically would like a corset or stays and a bodice. Now, I don't want to spend a fortune and it doesn't have to be spot-on period correct, so long as it 'looks right' (bear in mind that I and others are wearing modern skirts in several layers, and I have a nightdress doing duty for a chemise and you'll get what I mean). I would be happy to get something early 1800's, even though I don't really plan on doing camp follower at re-enactment events, just so that I don't feel I am wasting my money if I can't get anything else cheap.

I'm fairly thin, but top-heavy (I take a 38D bra) and my boobs aren't exactly what you would call 'pert'. So, people. What would you recommend and where should I look? I'm not great at sewing and don't want to have to attempt to make something unless there is no other other option.

If anyone is getting rid of something that would work, I would definitely be interested in acquiring it, and would pay reasonable costs. I'm not upper-class - most of Dickens' characters were from the extremely-poor end of the scale, so anything too posh is definitely out!

Date: 2010-10-15 06:29 pm (UTC)
msmcknittington: Queenie from Blackadder (Default)
From: [personal profile] msmcknittington
What decade are you going for? Corsets evolve very quickly through the 19th century, and what decade you're shooting for will sort of decide what style of corset you want.

That said, Originals by Kay does great work at affordable prices, and she will even choose a corset for you if you send in your measurements and tell her your fitting problems and what you're looking for.

Date: 2010-10-16 07:37 pm (UTC)
black_hound: (Mitzi)
From: [personal profile] black_hound
Congrats on the new job!

I wish I could be of more help on the female clothing, but alas, once history passes the late 18th century I'm not of much help.

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