Thursday, October 21, 2010

I Finally Understand Why They Did It

I always thought the women of the Victorian era were nuts. I mean really. Why would any sane woman cinch her waist with a wire corset like that? There is no way it could possibly be comfortable.

Well, last week I figured out why they did it. They did it because if you wear all those Victorian layers without a corset, you end up looking like a bloated toad. And no sane woman wants to look like a bloated toad.

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My costume wasn’t period perfect, but considering I only had twenty four hours to throw it together, I don’t think I did too bad. The skirt and bonnet were my grandmother’s. I just happened to have some lace up boots because I’m weird and I actually wear those all the time anyway. The petticoat under the skirt I fashioned out of a shower curtain. Now that the festival is over, I’ll have all winter to plan a proper costume before the Village opens again in May.  I assure you, next year I’ll be wearing a corset. I just don’t think the bloated toad look works for me.

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8 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh you don't look like a toad. Seriously. lol

Lori said...

Oh my word! You dont look bloated or fat!! At all!!

Erik said...

You realize you can never make fun of the people at GenCon ever again.

You have crossed over to cosplay whether you like it or not. :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay

Nancy K. said...

I agree with LIsa. I think you look LOVELY!

Did you enjoy your roll in the festival?

Historical Ken said...

My wife actually prefers wearing a corset rather than her bra - seriously. But, remember that the women of the 1860's were much more sensible than those of the '70's on up...the later years was when they cinched themselves too tight. (Please pay no attention to Gone With the Wind - that movie was so incorrect in clothing that it's not even funny!)
In the '60's they wore corsets for the same reason women in our modern times wear bras...and you know why that is!

thecrazysheeplady said...

You don't look like a bloated toad you goomer. I think your costume is perfect!

The Barn Door said...

Too funny!! You look great!

the chickens' auntie said...

So now you and Scarlet O'Hara have something in common -- she wore draperies and you wear curtains...

Actually, the shower curtain was a brilliant idea!