Last Post for 2013! New Beginnings!

Ah, just two days away from my 22nd birthday! …as well as the New Year.

My New Year’s resolution is to be much thriftier and save up 6 to 9 months worth of living expenses in a fixed deposit (so my grubby hands won’t spend it!).

That means I’m limiting my purchases to the following:

  • Food & Travel (especially for shoots)
  • Cosplay costumes (which will be reimbursed by Cosplay Deviants)
  • Lingerie for daily wear and shoots (my true size is 30A, so I require a few sets that I can wear comfortably)
  • Corsetmaking materials in bulk e.g rolls of steels, boxes of grommets, several yards of coutil

In other, less stressful news, I received a lovely ribbon corset in gold silk dupioni with spot broche binding from JemCorsets!

The lining is lovely too!

I managed to season it stealthily under a pretty vintage dress…

It gives me a soft, slender silhouette, instead of an “extreme” one.

I haven’t been training for over a week now due to my trip.

 

Comic Fiesta ftw.

So here’s myself training again in the Josephine… new camera (Canon 40D) so forgive the wonkiness.

My tripod is too crappy to support this camera’s weight!

I think I need to stick to the good ole nasty compact camera for these......

I think I need to stick to the good ole nasty compact camera for these……

Oh and in case you don’t follow my Tumblr, check out these new photosets!

Photography: Dream.Photographie by Dave&Belle MUA: KathTea Katastrophy Accessories: Black Filigree Couture Corset: Sparklewren Panty: LoLeviLa Lingerie

Photography: Dream.Photographie by Dave&Belle
MUA: KathTea Katastrophy
Accessories: Black Filigree Couture
Corset: Sparklewren
Panty: LoLeviLa Lingerie

More here! http://kathtea.tumblr.com/post/70347640582/photography-dream-photographie-by-dave-belle

and

 Photoset December 24, 2013 91 notes MUA: KathTea Katastrophy Photography: Dream.PHOTOGRAPHIE by Dave&Belle Corset: C&S Constructions


MUA: KathTea Katastrophy
Photography: Dream.PHOTOGRAPHIE by Dave&Belle
Corset: C&S Constructions

http://kathtea.tumblr.com/post/70998577354/model-mua-kathtea-katastrophy-photography

Day 6: How uneventful

Not much anecdotes to share for today really.

After all I woke up at 3pm (like a champ, not!) while corseted in my Josephine overnight, which means definitely way past 12 hours of waist training.

I had my “breakfast” (which was leftover cake from last night, hey, don’t judge me, my sis read that it’s okay to have something sweet to start off the day to curb cravings later on) and then helped my dad flavour (and kind of “fix”) a stew he had cooked up. I think he attempted to wake me up at around 1pm but I must have fallen back to sleep.

Fun fact: My family uses my palate to flavour things they cook up, apparently I know how to make things taste better. 😛

I had my Josephine on for most of whatever was left of the day and took it off later in the evening.

Most of my day consisted of getting my client’s corset done.

Curves! Hipspring! I am a happy camper 😄

Notice I didn’t put up a picture of myself in the Josephine. I feel that there’s going to be little progress in the images since I have it closed or nearly closed most of the time now.

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I’ve put this on from 11pm to 12am with a wider gap since I didn’t want it to turn crooked.

I’m going to being changing into the Josephine again right after this.

That’s all for Day 6!

Day 5: Crepe Cake & Peri-Peri Chicken

It’s my dad’s 60th birthday and I decided not to be a total party pooper to wear a corset to a scrumptious dinner.

But nevertheless I did train earlier in the day!

As usual, I wake up in my Josephine, go out and have breakfast it in. Though I made the grave mistake of wearing it with an underwire bra so now my sternum is aching…

Later when I am home, an hour in the C&S pipestem.

The lacing gap enrages me lol

The lacing gap enrages me.

And something else for a change!

This corset was bespoke and fitted with a mock-up. It fits to my asymmetry thus the straight gap in the back.

This corset was bespoke and fitted with a mock-up. It fits to my asymmetry thus the straight gap in the back.

I decided to use my Sparklewren to waist train a little as it is an extreme hourglass. In the past, using this for training is a little tough as it obviously can’t be hidden under clothing due to the spiky embellishment. But now that I work from home, this is no longer an issue!

I’m hoping to invest in a few more  corsets in the coming months, hopefully I could stabilize my finances (I’ve applied for a writing job online) in time to do so.

Otherwise I may end up making my own from leftover materials from working with clients.

Which isn’t a bad thing.

Anyhow, I leave you with a picture I took of my parents:

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(Belated) Day 4: I’m so tired! But accomplished?

I spent of yesterday (Day 4) corseted in my Josephine with a 1.5″-2″ gap as I spent most of the morning/noon sewing 25% of a client’s corset.

This was right before bed on the night of Day 3.

This was right before bed on the night of Day 3.

I forgot to eat my lunch and my work productivity started to cease. For a moment, I thought I was just caught up with the blog but the fact that I did not upload this post in a timely manner says otherwise.

My ribs get a little sore after very long periods of corseting (but not painful, more like workout tiredness, which doesn’t hurt you) so what I’ll do in between changing these corsets is rub and massage my torso, back and ribs with my knuckles.

I did another tight measure at my waistline before putting on my next corset.

25.5" squished waist! YAY!

25.5″ squished waist! YAY!

Then came the time to season the C&S pipestem in the evening. Normally an hour in the pipestem feels best for me, loosening it over time.

The lacing gap looks decent this time around.

The lacing gap looks decent this time around. Still not perfect though. Please ignore the goofy face.

After the hour was up, I switched over to my green taffeta cincher by Fiorella Corsetry.

As I mentioned earlier, my ribs were a bit sore so I didn't lace up as tight as usual. Thus, the \  / gap.

As I mentioned earlier, my ribs were a bit sore so I didn’t lace up as tight as usual. Thus, the \ / gap.

And to finish things off, I went to sleep in the Josephine again, almost completely shut.

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Seriously, this is one of the few off-the-racks that fit me so well! I hope to get myself some more standard sized pieces from Isabella Corsetry!

 

Day 3 (night): Nothing To See Here Folks…

It’s a really cold and rainy day.

Headed out with the family: I’m wearing my bugs/insects dress as a liner (see the sleeves peeking out) and then stealthing my Josephine (laced tightly shut) under this vintage dress. Yes, it’s that cold here.

I was fully laced most of the evening, had loosened it up before dinner (nasi lemak~<3) but by the time I was home and ready to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I had to take the corset off and give myself an hour or so of rest.

After all, I’d be sleeping and having breakfast (tomorrow, obviously) while corseted anyway.

So yeah.

Good night and a follow-up to come!

Day 3 (morn/noon update): Food & Fitness

Once again I had the Josephine on for 12-13 hours, including sleep time. After taking it off, I decided to measure my waist around the floating ribs again.

This was after brunch, which I ate while corseted in the Josephine ;P

This was after brunch (Cheerios & milk! Mmm!), which I ate while corseted in the Josephine 😉 My scoliosis is rather obvious here.

 

Nearly 26"! This makes me happy!

Nearly 26″! This makes me happy!

I had a shower and got myself into the pipestem.

I'm rather annoyed that the lacing tightens up at the underbust. This wouldn't have been an issue if I had it laced in the "inverted bunny ears", however, I was advised by C&S to leave the lacing as they had sent it.

I’m rather annoyed that the lacing gap refuses to straighten. This wouldn’t have been an issue if I had it laced in the “inverted bunny ears”, however, I was advised by C&S to leave the lacing as they had sent it.

I’m planning to do some pilates at around 4pm or 5pm once I remove the pipestem (it’s still seasoning).

More updates later tonight!