The Rambling Soldier (sharpiefan) wrote in reenacting,
The Rambling Soldier

Clothing query for a Dickensian 'look'

I have a new job! I'm a performer at Dickens World. Which basically means I wear 'period' clothes and interact with the public all day. Much like re-enacting, really. It's good fun, the people are good. And the 'look' of the place is great!

I have one question for those who would know such things - and, fellow re-enactors, please don't die of shock. I do do authentic period correct stuff when I'm out re-enacting, although I play a male role.

I basically would like a corset or stays and a bodice. Now, I don't want to spend a fortune and it doesn't have to be spot-on period correct, so long as it 'looks right' (bear in mind that I and others are wearing modern skirts in several layers, and I have a nightdress doing duty for a chemise and you'll get what I mean). I would be happy to get something early 1800's, even though I don't really plan on doing camp follower at re-enactment events, just so that I don't feel I am wasting my money if I can't get anything else cheap.

I'm fairly thin, but top-heavy (I take a 38D bra) and my boobs aren't exactly what you would call 'pert'. So, people. What would you recommend and where should I look? I'm not great at sewing and don't want to have to attempt to make something unless there is no other other option.

If anyone is getting rid of something that would work, I would definitely be interested in acquiring it, and would pay reasonable costs. I'm not upper-class - most of Dickens' characters were from the extremely-poor end of the scale, so anything too posh is definitely out!
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