11 November 2014 @ 08:18 pm
Hello everone
There seems to be almost no information on making latex corsets out there;  I'm planning to use a cheapo latexa cincher as a desgn to copy, semi trans latex and clear polyester boning sandwhiching the bonig between the two layers of 0.5mm. Can I insall the eyelets stright through the boning?  I have the S3 press and tooling.

Thanks in advance

03 November 2014 @ 07:30 am
HI I am new to the whole corset making world. I am currently in mock up stage of a corset that I drafted myself, following the directions on Foundations Reveled. They seemed to work ok. I had some questions about it, posted pics in the corset making group I belong to on Facebook, and got back some interesting comments about it. IT was pointed out that I may be a bit asymmetrical. So- I decided to make a pattern out of duct tape, to see if that helped. While doing research for that, I came across the directions here http://costuming.org/waisteddotcom/patmak.html
In it they say that it is VERY important to cut your corset out with the grain line following the waist line markings. This is counter-intuitive to everything I have ever known about sewing. I have tried to find other sources of information about this. I can't seem to find it anywhere.
So my question is... Are you supposed to do this, or am I miss- reading it somehow?
Thanks for any help.
If anyone is interested, here are the pics of my first mock up. I am needing to cut it higher under the bust to help minimize the roll, as well as figure out how high a high back should actually be. I have a roll there as well. I know that the "squish" has to go somewhere, I just want to minimize the look of it.2014-10-31 20.59.03
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29 October 2014 @ 12:03 pm
So I had to use what ribbon I could find. So the Back is red and the front is only temporarily in green.
If I used the pattern again I would either raise the front or lower the armholes and add a little to the side seams.
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It sits about midbust. So the front edge is just on the bust point. Which I know is right for regency stays but not sure about 18th century.

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27 October 2014 @ 11:13 am
I am having a very very difficult time finding two piece eyelets 3/16" with a long shank. Would anyone here be kind enough to share a vendor or estore that may supply them?
23 October 2014 @ 11:41 am
So here is where I'm up to. I found a thin enough 'ribbon' but only had enough to lace the back.
Next step is to do the eyelets at the front and spiral lace. I think I will have to widen the armholes a little if I want it to sit in the right place on my hips/waist.
I'm learning a lot making this. Sometime in the future I should be able to remake with modifications like the armholes and reed boning.
20 October 2014 @ 07:43 pm
So I'm handsewing my eyelets. I know glutton for punishment there. Anyway...I started off with a stiletto awl, so fa so good, then onto a pencil, then a knitting needle. Now That's where I come unstuck. It just won't stretch any further.
Its just that little bit too small I wanted 5mm holes to fit the cording through I had to really jam the lacing through the hole which is no good for spiral lacing as I will have to unlace and relace it each time.
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19 October 2014 @ 08:19 pm
I'm not going to bind the top till I've done the eyelets and tried the fit just in case I need to adjust the straps and armhole.
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I'm going to spiral lace the front and cross lace the back.
18 October 2014 @ 07:17 pm
I knew it was gonna be a pain to bind the tabs...but I think my fingers have more holes than a colander.
this is on the inside. I've just tacked the binding ready to machine sew before I fold it over and whip stitch by hand the other side.
I also added tape to the outside seams to add strength.

fortunately this will be under not outserwear as its not the neatest. But its a good learning experience. When I have funds again I can do a HA one and hand sew and take my time...
I always have to make my first item with a pattern 'as is' then I know how to change future ones.
17 October 2014 @ 05:31 pm

I have seen corsets similar to this before and really like the shape http://limlint.deviantart.com/art/super-fetish-corset-frente-188214403

but haven't seen anyone sewing them before so I don't know how the shape is achieved. Does anyone know of a pattern that would work (I've searched everywhere and can't find anything) or hints on how to draft a pattern that would work (I've done some pattern drafting but I'm not good at it without explicit instructions and I've got no idea how to get that shape!

Thank you,

16 October 2014 @ 06:04 pm
Ok so today I cut out the internal fabric and started marking/sewing the boning channels. It is a bit of a task to work out which channels to sew first.
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I found marking out the channels the SAME on both panels the hardest. They have been sewn by machine.
I hand basted the linen to one of the canvas layers. Then used that as one layer. Then pinned on the 2nd canvas layer and drew on the boning channels before sewing them. Some I had to fill with boning as they go sealed up by the next channel.