Reflections from the last show:
This was the first time I wore my new sidesaddle suit.
Although each of my riding outfits is unique in it's own way, I think I like this one the best. It was designed after this antique pattern: If you search further back into my blog, you will find a few other ladies who have the same design of a riding suit and it is easy to see why I wanted it!
In the future I plan to have another one made, maybe in brown...but before I do, I want to address a few issues. Okay - I'll be the first to say it.. I AM PICKY! I am also detail obsessed. I am not rude about it.. but I love details and I want things to be just so. I know that I am NOT 25 anymore .. in fact I am FAR from it and while I think I have taken good care of myself.. well.. I am NOT 25 anymore! My waist is a full 2 inches larger than it was a mere 5 years ago and my muscle tone is not as good either.
In looking through my pictures, I noticed something. First, that my suit jacket was not laying flat against my upper body and second, the folds were worse after I rode and was quite sweaty.
I'll be the first one to tell you that the 'folds' are not just in the fabric, but also in my body.. but who wants them to show??
In this picture after my ride, I remember sweat running down my back. The jacket pulled at me and stuck to me. This jacket is far from being tight.. but you cannot tell it by this picture! Beneath it I am wearing a sports bra, which is also not giving my body a particularly flattering look either.
So - there are 2 things to address: the riding outfit and my body.
When it was made, I chose to have it lined with a grey cotton fabric, siting that satin would be too slippery. My next suit will have a cotton lining in the skirt, but I am going to change the jacket lining to satin.
I would love to lose 15 pounds, I would love to lose 15 inches, Heck - I would love to lose 15 years... but lets get real here. I am a stress eater, and if you read my other blog, you know my life sometimes defines the word STRESS. For this reality, I purchased this:..and while I do like it, it is not cut high enough on my hips and it does not cinch in my waist the way I wanted it too. It also really pushes your breasts in an odd shape out from under your arms and from below. That combined with wearing it with a sports bra looks ... well ODD, which is why I chose not to wear it under my grey suit. It does however, give wonderful back support for those of us who need that, I would highly recommend it.
I have always wanted to have a corset made for me.. specifically for my body. I even knew the right person to make it for me, Karen Trevor. Well, I am thrilled to say that my riding corset is in the mail and on it's way to my door. Karen replicated her own wedding corset as she had enough vintage material left over and I am just counting the days until it arrives!! This is Karen's wedding corset:
..and here is mine in the stages of completion: