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My first pieces for both Maleficent and Celeborn came yesterday! That oh-so-essential undergarment for Celeborn and an accessory for Maleficent that I scored on the cheap while being bad and browsing eBay last month. My rationalization was that Maleficent is bad and therefore I was merely channeling her when I hit "bid". Unfortunately, I think it might be a little too small for the ball that sits atop her staff. So, I might be at square one anyway. But as I said, it was uber cheap, so even if I don't use it, I'm not out much.


For Celeborn, I got the compression shirt, which means that has incredibly speeding shipping! I posted this in a comment to [ profile] wicked_swann, but I thought I'd post it here as well. Maybe my initial impression of the shirt will help someone else.

It came in yesterday, so amazingly fast shipping! And the prices are very reasonable, so I didn't hesitate. I got the "Ultimate Chest Binder" from in the medium size based on my chest measurements. But I could probably stand to get the large. Or maybe I'm supposed to feel a bit like a stuffed sausage, I don't know. ;) The entire front half of it is powernet plus a mesh layer. The back is just a stretch mesh fabric. I have no idea how breathable it is, but it feels okay for now.

As for the silhouette, I think it works. I mean, my chest doesn't disappear entirely, but it looks like I have large pectoral muscles or am just really flat chested. It's sort of difficult to adjust, uhm, things, to make it look right. You want to sort of flatten them out evenly under the powernet so you don't accidentally create cleavage or push them up too high or something. Takes a little getting used to and some fiddling.

I might also consider getting the muscle shirt version instead. There's more coverage, which I'm assuming would mean more area to flatten stuff. I only have so much space before I run into the armhole and if I push too far in that direction, I wind up with weird bulging. If I had a full coverage t-shirt or even the muscle shirt, I might be able to push further that way and eliminate some of what is moving upward, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Another option would be the vest with the hooks and eyes. It might be a little easier to put on and adjust, I'm not sure. The only reason I didn't go for these was because supposedly this one had better chest compression. I don't know, you might email the company and tell them what you're wanting from it and they might be able to direct you to the best option.

If it helps to gauge how well this might work for you, I'm normally a 38-B or 36-C depending on the day (don't ask me how that works, I have no idea, but I have both sizes in bras and some fit better on different days).

Pro tip: step into it, don't try to pull it on over your head like a regular shirt. Will absolutely not work that way. One last thing, and I have this beef with the body shaper I wear under my female costumes as well: It does have a tendency to roll, crease and creep up if I don't keep it in check, particularly when sitting.

And that's that. Onward and upward!
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