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Name:                   Talia Felix.

Age:                      Born 1983

Weight:                 95-105 lbs

Height:                   5'3"

Figure:                   33 - 20.5 - 33

Corseted waist:      17.5

Location:                 New Mexico

Eye Color:               Brown

Hair Color:             Dark brown

Occupation:            'Johanna Factotam'

More pictures after FAQ:

(Above stats are as there were at the time of the photographs -- current measurements may differ.)

I first came to admire corsets after noticing Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman wearing one as part of her ensemble; however, my interest in historical costume was really where I got into wearing them. Due to this, the corset's associations with kinky sex actually tend to irritate me - I'm usually aiming for the regal garb of old rather than fetishism. Even with Catwoman, the interest wasn't in the sexual aspects, but in the character. They say one should dress for the kind of job one desires. I apparently want to be either a thief or a French Queen. 
I was able to get my first corset around age 17, an uncomfortable off-the-rack piece that tended to curl up on one side of the hip (the right hip has been a problem on other corsets as well - I may be a bit asymmetric).  Nevertheless, this was my go-to corset for most daily wear, particularly as, at 20 inches round, the waist it was easy to live life in - it was good for keeping the back straight and discouraging overeating. I later obtained a custom 17.5 - 18 inch corset (shown here) that I wore occasionally but which was always hard on my spine, and a Georgian style (also shown below) that was custom made but was not well made -- it was much too small for me: I had wanted 18 inches for the waist and was given 17, and the rib cage was not much larger. I had to invent new modes of lacing just to make it wearable. Thus I rarely ever wore the Georgian, despite its ridiculously high price. I've learned not to buy corsets from people who specialize in fetish wear, since they don't really seem to strive for comfort or practicality the way a busy dame of the 18th or 19th century would have needed.

After about seven years, my poor off-the rack corset was rendered unwearable when the boning began to come out; repairing it did nothing, the boning would just rip right through the overlays and new stitches. I had to toss it, but unfortunately, lacking a good day-to-day corset, I lost my ability to wear the smaller corsets at all. I never did anything that resembled waist tTraining, but apparently that occasional wearing of the larger corset was enough to keep my body in shape for the rigors of the tighter ones - or maybe it's just, as I've gotten older, I don't have the tolerance and energy for discomfort anymore. As it is, I almost never corset these days and presently don't really fit in the ones I do have. My change in fashion sense also was detrimental to my corseting, as all my favorite outfits became things that look ridiculous if you try to wear a corset over them. 

As it is, I'm inclined to buy a new 20-incher (or maybe even a 19 incher) if I ever have the cash for it. I particularly have a hope of obtaining a special kind of custom corset that laces on the sides. These corsets were advertised off and on in the 19th century as being "health" or "athletic" stays, and since my problems with corsets are often in how they hurt my spine, I hope such a model might be an improvement. My golden age of lacing was during a time when I didn't have a lot of my own expenses, and I had an easy time finding odd jobs enough to pay for these sorts of extras. I've wanted at times to maybe get as small as 16 inches, but I have a suspicion I don't have the stamina for such an experiment any longer.
Still, if you have an interest in helping out towards, potentially, this goal -- I might refer you to the following projects of mine:
Fanny Hill - David Garrick - 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Can you breathe in your corset?

In a well-made corset that's not too small in the ribs, the answer is usually yes. However, I have discovered that if one either laces up too quickly or laces up tighter than is normal or appropriate, the results can involve unpleasant things which include a shortness of breath. I believe that the trouble is in the way a corset can potentially cut off one's circulation - if you're not used to it, or you just jump into the thing and tighten it too fast, your heart has to beat a lot harder to keep blood moving through your whole body, and that requires harder breathing to keep everything oxygenated. I'm told that most historical cases of women with corset-related breathing problems came about at places like balls, where they not only might have been lacing up extra tight for the event but then were exacerbating things by dancing -- a vigorous activity anyway, and quite likely to overwhelm if your circulatory system was already in overdrive.

Have you ever fainted in your corset?

No; although I have fainted on a handful of occasions, I was never wearing the corset in any of those instances. I quite believe that these ideas about women fainting in corsets are almost entirely made up. Even the circulation scenario explained above doesn't really match my data -- from what I have read in 1,000 years of Western literature, it seems to have simply been commonly believed that women faint in stressful situations, even during time periods when corsets were not generally worn. Chaucer's telling of the story of Lucretia has a fine example of this -- the character is supposed to be in bed, probably wearing only a chemise if she has on anything at all, and she still faints just in time before getting raped so that she was able to "feleth no-thing, neither foul ne fair." I have heard poor nutrition cited as a more likely cause for this sort of occurrence, than anything to do with the daily fashions. 

Can I Email/IM you to talk about corsets?

Theoretically, yes, you might; the trouble is that I am not really all that interested in corsets any more than I am in any other lone clothing item, and I don't have a great deal to say on the topic unless you want me to parrot off some history. And coming to me on the assumption that I dress in whatever you personally find sexy is just annoying. VERY annoying. Don't do it, please. Why don't you Email me about cooking – I know lots about cooking. I've got a great 18th century recipe for spinach toast! Ask me about spinach toast! Or Cockale – everyone loves Cockale. It's beer made out of chicken.

Can I date/have sex with you?

No, and I hope that your philandering ways result in a multitude of STDs and your putrefied genitals cause a blood infection and you die.

What corsetieres do you recommend?

None. As mentioned above, I have had terrible luck with corsetieres, and have not ultimately been happy with any of my custom-made corsets. I say, go for off-the-rack where you may – it's cheaper and much less disappointing.

Is your corset (un)comfortable?

Depends on which corset. My formerly-17.5 waisted corset is, yes, very uncomfortable, largely due to the state of my back: the laces don't hold well enough to keep me from slouching, and even with a lacing protector in, the cords put too much pressure on my spine. My Georgian corset: it was built wrong, so if I were to lace it the way it's meant to be laced, I could not breathe, and also the tabs are made wrong on the right side, so they cut into my hip if I don't keep several layers of fabric between it and my skin. My homemade 17th century style: that one never really was made right, but as of the last time I wore it, it wasn't bad. My old $250 off-the-rack corset: heaven. No discomfort at all. Ah, how I wish it survived.



: Me at the Monster Battle. This was one of the last times I was able to wear my 20-inch corset
(appearing in black at 0:38, 0:53, 1:08, and my extended interview at 1:29).

Video:  Me in my 18th century corset, from footage shot for a short film called Metastasis II.

Talia's Georgian-style corset fitting images


(above right) My newest corset, done in an effort to recreate a 16th century German style, as seen in the works of Cranach.

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