Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending (and was actually a featured artist) at the first annual Steampunk Festival, held at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, MA. There was a huge turnout for the event, especially when one takes into consideration it was the first year for the event-- over 1300 people attended. Hats off to Christine Gill for the excellent job she did in putting the event together.
First of all, be sure to dress the lower half of your body before you put the corset on, since getting on shoes, socks, pants/skirts, etc. usually involve bending at the waist. I, of course, did not remember this little tidbit of information, and I'm sure you can all just imagine the contortions involved in getting the rest of my clothes on.
When I designed my corset, I did not use a busk because I decided it would be neat if I could make the corset reversible to the red brocade. As a result, I needed another set of hands to lace me up, and since I was going to the event alone, I went fully dressed.
This brings us to the next thing I quickly figured out. Driving in a corset is far different to driving without one on. When the gods decided to scramble my genetic makeup, they decided to be generous in the area corsets are designed to restrain. With a corset, there is only one place for those curves to go, and that is up. It wasn't much of a problem until I decided to sit down and attempt driving. Sitting only shifted the corset further up, and all that had already been pushed to the heavens, got pushed up even further, practically drowning me in my own cleavage. Funny? Okay, maybe a little. However, cruising down the highway at 80 mph, when you no longer have the stability of resting your arms by your side, is a little precarious-- athough I can only imagine the image from passing vehicles had anyone bothered to look over. I'm just glad I didn't get pulled over or get a flat, though my dear husband had the sense to ask if I had anything stashed in the car that I could potentially cover myself with should the need arise.
The event itself was great, and the musuem was the perfect setting for a steampunk event. Though not everyone was dressed up, the steampunk outfits there were all amazing, and it has definitely motivated me to complete a few more articles of clothing. I think next on the to do list will be a bustled skirt, and underskirt. And maybe another corset, complete with steel boning and a busk.
Though I did love the snug feel of the corset while at the event, I must admit that it felt so incredibly nice to get out of it for the ride home, especially on such a hot day. And that brings me to my final point, though this was not figured out until the day after, when I awoke to sore muscles around the ribs and back. I guess wearing a corset involves using muscles you don't normally use-- perhaps in keeping you so terribly upright and pulled in. Still, a small price to pay, don't you think?
Here are some more pictures from the event...