Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rack Reduction


Given the title of my blog, I regret to announce that this is definitely happening, Fashionable Reader. I have my surgery booked and everything. I'm not going to change the blog name, mind you. I lived with a Rack for decades, I deserve to keep the name having suffered for it. Plus, they tell me they can't take me down as much as I would like, so my Rack with still be Rack-ish.

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However, apart from the blog name situation I am SO EXCITED. Scared, of course, it's major surgery, but mostly excited.

My bra and my cat, for scale.

Here's the thing. I've never liked my breasts. I got them late, they kept growing and, by-in-large, inconvenienced me. Now at a 28 JJ they really negatively impact my life. I can't exercise anymore, I've no posture, my back is a mess, I've groves in my shoulders, scars all over my back from things having been rubbed raw and cut off, all bras are torture devices, I basically hurt all the time, and, well, you know the litany. I'm not going to blog about the process of the surgery itself, because you don't want that here. (There are many websites out there if you do.) Suffice it to say... it's happening and it won't be pretty or fun.

Purity  Pino Daeni

This is a blog about fashion and I must say I can't even express the thrill about prospective options once these puppies are down. Oh, the shirts I will wear! The dresses! I dread my own shopping habits once more of Nordstrom Rack is opened up to me. I wonder if my style will shift as a result of not having to wear vintage because it is the only thing that fits. I'm even looking forward to going through my closet and purging, or putting aside for tailoring. I don't know how many of my carefully hoarded and curated vintage dresses will fit me when I am through the months of recovery, and you know what? I don't care!


I'll be sad to lose the corsets. Most of mine are custom, earned with sweat and tears, and probably not able to be modified much. Although I have a relationship with Dark Garden and I know they will do their best for me. I own 11 corsets total (don't judge, we all have addictions). The two under-busts will be unaffected (and probably worn more often as a result of me not needing the support of an over-bust).


The infamous spoon corset should be fine, it's too small in the bust anyway, as should my vinyl. Both of these are off the racks and never fit my Rack correctly anyway.


My two favorites: the Class 5 and the cream brocade may still fit, depending on the size of the resulting boobs after reduction, as I balloon up over the top now, the Rack will likely just sit down in further after, which is better for a woman of my years anyway.


 My batty corset, I don't know, I rarely wear that one as it is so goth. I may consign it.


That leaves three that probably won't fit anymore: my foundation sweetheart (the one you see me in at events as an undergarment), my cyber, and my fancy.


I fit fully inside these three, and Rack reduction will have some notable effect.

"Say what you will about the formidable Madame Damnable, but I can see how she made her money in Anchorage. She’s got to be fifty-nine, and she’s still got a balcony you could do Shakespeare from."
~ Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

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What size will I be out the other end? Well, I asked for a C cup. But they tell me I can't hope for anything smaller than a D and it's most likely going to be DD (so see, I still get to earn the name Retro Rack). Fashionably, C would be best, because that would put me at an overall pretty standard size 6. Still, I've gone for years being a different size top and bottom so I guess I can continue.

Donna Mae Brown perched on a new 1950 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe

Meanwhile, I am working hard to stay fit and eat healthy before I go under the knife. I'm a little scared but I'm also so thrilled by the prospect of not being in constant pain any more. I hope you will please excuse some laxness in the blog'o'sphere as a result. I promise to let you all know how it goes as soon as I am back to sitting up and eating solid foods.


A word on the subject that I was hoping wouldn't be necessary...

If you are a dude (and it's always dudes) and feel the need to comment on my figure in a "heh heh, snort snork, you're so hot I hope you don't take it too far" terms... that is SO SKEEZY. Yech.

I'm honest on this blog because I have a wonderful relationship with my readers and I want them to know why there is a delay on my books and why I won't be online very much for the next few months. Respect my reasons, my choices, and which of these I have made public.

I write about gentlemen in my books and I expect you to act like a gentleman on my corner of the internet. If you wouldn't say it in front of your mother or your daughter, don't you dare say it here or to me in "private."

Source- That’s What She Said

Retro Rack is also on Facebook, where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

33 comments:

  1. Best of luck with your Op!
    I used to have a housemate who had terrible back troubles because of her generous rack she equally loved and loathed them, think it's probably difficult to understand if you've never known someone/experianced the problems of a very large chest so here's one reader who's sending you lot's of support and well wishes for what I'm sure wont be pleasant short term but will hopefully make life much more comfortable in the future.
    As a reader would just like to say how much respect I have for you being honest about why you might have some possible delays and as a fellow woman I think it's great your talking openly about a problem that lots of women don't discuss because of a general lack of understanding!

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  2. Hi Gail! Thanks for being so candid about everything you are going through. I can assure that you will love being a "DD" after all of your battles at your current size! (I am - naturally - of course!) My cousin also had a reduction surgery and it thrilled with the results! (She is a tri-athlete so you can imagine how being so large affected her life!) Anyway, know you have a lot of "support" out there and welcome to the DD club! We have a lot of fun while looking FABULOUS! xo.

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  3. I'm so excited for you!

    Anything one can do to be more comfortable, physically and emotionally, in their own body is wonderful, and I wish you all the best with your recovery.

    And if that means a delay in books, then I suppose I shall have to be a bit less spoiled with my reading choices for a bit.

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  4. I think you're making the right choice. 100% of the people I have ever met who have had the surgery done are happy with the result. Rock the surgery and be good to your nurses!

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  5. We love you Gail! Good luck and I'm glad that you are going to be both happier and healthier.

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  6. Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. Tell your lovely kitty to take good care of you!

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  7. I hope your after surgery time goes well. I had a different surgery last March and I was surprised how exhausted I was afterwards. Lasted about 2 weeks.

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  8. Good luck Gail! I hope that the surgery goes well and that you recover quickly.

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  9. As a girl with G cups, I sympathise. I wish you a speedy recovery, and have fun with the new rack! <3

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  10. Best wishes & speedy recovery, Ms. Carriger

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  11. When I saw the title of this post appear in my reading list, I cheered. I know so many large-busted ladies who wish they were more manageable. I'm so happy its happening for you. I'll be thinking good thoughts for success and a speedy recovery! :)

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  12. I'm happy for you and jealous at the same time. I know all about the pain and the grooves and I'm only a DDD.

    I'm betting though while you'll be able to buy more modern things, you'll give it all a vintage flare! And it'll always look fabulous!

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  13. Oh, so envious! As a 36HH (and growing, curses!), I've been dreaming of a reduction for over a decade, but haven't leaped yet. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a much more manageable rack on the other side!!!

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  14. Good luck and a quick return to full health! I hope the surgery gives you everything you hope. And I greatly admire you for talking candidly about your problems with your rack. The conversations have helped me in my own quest to find properly fitting undergarments and clothing.

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  15. Love your books and fashion. Best wishes for your operation!

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  16. Best wishes for your operation and a fast recovery! So happy for you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with not wanting to be in pain or miserable, and so glad that you're taking the leap to have the surgery. I've heard that it's absolutely worth doing, and hope that you are comfortable soon.

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  17. Wishing you a speedy and uneventful recovery. May your pain meds work swell. Sounds like you're going to enjoy the recovery time (Man, binging on Buffy? Why not? I love the musical episode.)

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  18. Good luck, may you have a complete and speedy recovery.

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  19. Good luck, and may your recovery be quick and trouble-free!

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  20. Best of luck on your recovery and I hope your overall health improves. And for the corsets, I'm sure a use and a home will be found. In the end, your health is the important thing.

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  21. Good luck with the surgery and recovery. Hope you get the end result you're hoping for!

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  22. I do wish you well and a speedy recovery - I don't think people realize the burden one carries with a sizeable "rack." Best wishes as you recover - let those around you help as much as they want - receive in love.

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  23. I've got everything crossed for the best outcome for you and the speediest recovery. Enjoy Buffy (the early series are best) and I hope kindle/e-reader reading is still possible too.

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  24. I hope you have speedy recovery! I'll probably be doing the same in a few years so I'm interested to see the change in your style. :)

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  25. I hope you have speedy recovery! I'll probably be doing the same in a few years so I'm interested to see the change in your style. :)

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  26. Also, you might be able to convert any overbust corsets that don't fit to underbust ones. It may be possible to take of the top binding, remove and shorten the bones, cut down the fabric and then assemble it together again.

    An alternative might be to make a "bust pad" which is an Elizabethan technique I'm SURE I've read (but now can't find on Google) where you make a banana shaped pad that sits under your breasts and holds them up in place within the corset. Depending on how things work out, that might be a way to get a slightly too big overbust to fit again.

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  27. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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  28. i have only a single J but just attempting to buy a bra is a major mission--i feel for you. even have reduction envy--at the moment due to complications in an accident i can't have it--but have wishes for the future-- you always hang tuff' so i know you will be fine in this too.

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  29. Best of luck and get well soon, Ms. Gail. My best friend, Mz. Maisy Teasworth had reduction surgery about 6 years ago and it really was the best thing she ever did for herself and her health. It will literally be a weight off your shoulders.

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  30. Best of luck and get well soon, Ms. Gail. My best friend, Mz. Maisy Teasworth had reduction surgery about 6 years ago and it really was the best thing she ever did for herself and her health. It will literally be a weight off your shoulders.

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  31. Good luck with the surgery. Hang in there as you heal. Enjoy all the obligatory shirtless scenes with Angel. I would also suggest watching Arrow if such scenes suit your fancy. Fast forward is a nice feature. ;-)

    I have found that Colette Patterns (https://www.colettepatterns.com) are designed for a C cup. I still have to adjust but not as much I would with the "normal" Big 4 patterns.

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