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March 2017



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the heartbreak of armpit fat.

I have just discovered the official silliest piece of fatphobia I have ever encountered in my born days.

Apparently, we are all now supposed to be terrified of exposing our unsightly armpit fat.

Based on my admittedly cursory internet research, and exemplified by the image above, I would worry about the health consequences for any woman concerned with armpit fat, because it would suggest that she is not doing her breast self-exam properly. What we see above, in the damning orange circles, is in fact part of the boob. And the problem is that Madam is not wearing a properly-fitting bra, as the one illustrated above is at least two cup sizes too small and one band size too large. The little metal bits (we call them 'underwires') are meant to lie flat against the ribcage, not sit halfway up Mount Doom like the track of a sidehill hoofer.

Why yes, I am supposed to be writing a novel. Why do you ask?

But the patriarchy is in my armpits. Some things just can't wait.


Gorgeous corset.

Yeah, a properly fitting corset did wonders for my back pain. Wow. Not so great for sitting down in, but hey. *g*
Thanks! I have one which I made, for like $75 of materials, which also doesn't fit, stupid weight loss. But the Victorian costumes I made to fit over those corsets fit without corseting now, so yay? maybe?

It's from Dark Garden. I think that model (mine's actually a cross between the Sweetheart Victorian and the Aziza) runs upwards of $1000 now. Which is why I'm always skeptical of the online corset shops that claim to sell custom corsets for $150. I can't buy off-the-rack, because I'm short-waisted (my hip to waist rise is 4") and hourglass-shaped (there's a 10" increase over those 4"), so it's either make it myself or pay someone else a Lot Of Money. Good thing I know how to sew ;)

I should ask my friend who does custom corsetry if there's any way to save my pretty corset without spending another $600 altering it...