Corset Disaster

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I have been wearing a long back brace which looks suspiciously like a
Victorian Underbust.

I just got a new back brace which is solid plastic about 1/4 inch thick,
wraps around my torso like one of those child's rings and is fastened with
Velcro straps. It is so hot I want to go back to a cloth Corset. Do you
suppose I could use the plastic one as a form?


Re: Corset Disaster
Gwen Boucher wrote:
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Best ask the orthopod for one of the old style, telling him/her what the
problem is.
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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 If a doctor prescribed it for a medical condition there may be a reason he
wants you to wear the solid plastic.  Were you comfortable in the old one?
Was it doing what it was supposed to do for you? Do you feel less pain with
the new one despite feeling over heated? Talk to your doctor before making
changes.  As to making  a new corset/back brace.... the medical grade ones
use much sturdier  materials than what you are going to be able to find in a
regular sewing store or even mail order specialty catalogs.   I don't think
you can use the  new plastic one as a pattern for  a fabric one, but you
might be able to use your old fabric one as a pattern for a new fabric
one...if you can find the right boning, or if you recycle the boning from
the old one.


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Have you thought about making a cotton lining to wear under the medical one?
The Vegas Beth P
(STILL  missing Georgia)

Re: Corset Disaster
On Wed, 14 Jan 2004 06:55:20 GMT, "Gwen Boucher"

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Well, putting the back brace on your dress form while
working on clothes to be worn over the back brace would
definitely be a good idea, if you have a dress form, if you
make clothes to be worn over the back brace, and if you can
sew without your back brace on.

In response to the question asked, i.e.  how to make a

All depends, of course, on *why* you are wearing a back
brace; I'm assuming that you know whether or not a given
brace will have the desired effect.  I presume that a fabric
brace that you wear will do more good than a plastic brace
in the closet.

As a stopgap, can you wear the brace over a linen shift, as
re-enactors do?  Those women cringe at stays made of cotton
instead of linen -- I can't even *imagine* plastic!

If you can find a group of 18th-century re-enactors, they
can give you a lot of help in designing a back brace -- I've
often read comments that the "stays" of that era serve as
back braces.   And their primary purpose is supporting the
breasts, so you also get out of wearing a polyester bra.  

Wandering off on a tangent:  I started making my own
pull-over bras because I can't stand polyester next to the

The good news is that with a cotton-interlock bra, I don't
have wear a bra-rag to soak up my sweat.  

The bad news is that a cotton bra gets wet just as fast as
the bra-rags used to, so three bras are no longer enough --
and a garment that is, in essence, a double-front sleeveless
T-shirt made of heavy interlock takes up a *lot* more space
in a suitcase than a 16" unhemmed square of well-washed
sheeting.  For the first time, a suit of my underwear takes
up more space than a suit of DH's underwear.  And I think it
would still be so if he hadn't given up undershirts -- the
wide elastic at the bottom doesn't fold at all flat.  If I
have a little time after making new slacks for the trip,
perhaps I'll try using three or four pieces of 1/4" elastic

Joy Beeson
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