Greetings everyone! As always, thank you to all who replied to my last newsletter and offered words of encouragement and support. Here is how things are going:
The Apartment Fire Case Escalates: The fire happened a month ago, through no fault of our own and with no repairs initiated, not even a quote. As mentioned before, we sought legal consult for the state of the apartment and found that it was in violation of 4 different ares of safety and habitability. We lost about 20% of our livable unit space, and have not been able to use the ventilation system as it blows smoke through the rest of the unit. With the help of an attorney we simply requested reduced rent for this month in lieu of escrow. The landlord served us with a 30-day notice in return. He has absolutely no legal ground to do this and we could wipe the floor with him in court, but whether this is worth the hassle is another thing completely. Our quality of health has been noticeably declining the longer we stay here, and I just want a place to land ASAP.
Broken Foot Recovery: I am now past the 4 week mark and walking with 1 crutch outside, and without crutches around the apartment! I am being a compliant patient and never putting my foot on the ground without my support boot. The new freedom makes ambling up and down stairs so much easier, and not a moment too soon as my husband and I are currently in his work city and will be looking at 9 or 10 new apartments this weekend.
Sale! Later this month I will be holding a moving sale (selling off about 25% of my personal collection - that's just to start!) to help declutter and also fund my upcoming move (as well as help with legal fees). Most of these corsets will be in sizes 22" through 26", and as usual my patrons will get first dibs before I open up the sale to the public.
As for corset/ website updates, this week we've updated the "Corsets with a High, Square Hip Shelf" gallery, and some new styles in the shop including new corsets with hip ties to fit average and shorter torsos!
There are many reasons that a person may be interested in a corset with a very abrupt, sharp curve from the waist to the hip:
Most obviously, someone who has a particularly wide pelvis and smaller waist may also find this silhouette more comfortable, as opposed to a sloping hip spring which can put pressure on their hip bones.
It is also a good choice if you have one hip bone that is higher or more protruding than the other - you may be able to accommodate for your higher hip and disguise the asymmetry by wearing a corset drafted with a dramatic hip shelf.
Or you may be a cosplayer looking to achieve a certain shape, or otherwise simply love the silhouette! I have narrow and sloping hips, but love the appearance of a striking hip shelf, even though I don't fill out the corsets completely. I can easily pad out the loose areas with hip pads (yes, I do own them!).
The photo above is by The Boudoir Key where she demonstrates how a easily concave hip shelf can dramatically affect the silhouette compared to the sloping hip, among other pattern differences.
NOTE: We are nearly at the end of my 1-year Ebay page experiment. Sadly it did not perform as well as I had hoped. We will slowly start winding down activity on this page, just cleaning up expired listings and perhaps adding new listings once a month instead of weekly.
Featured this week:
Axfords 24" overbust price has been dropped down to a starting bid of just 10 GBP ($13 USD!)
Orchid Corsetry Blue Silk Dupioni & Black Mesh Vala Edwardian Underbust, US $380
Puimond Black Cotton Coutil Underbust, size 22", $275 USD
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