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11 August 2014 @ 09:09 pm
reversible corset?  
I have a client requesting a reversible corset vest. I'm struggling with how exactly that one would work - has anyone done one, or can recommend a tutorial/article on how such a thing might work?
Carlton W. Terrydcwttaoo1 on August 12th, 2014 07:10 am (UTC)
the key here is listen to what she wants; just a vest, with boning and reversible. NO going over hips or beasts. Just in between that area with a finnish fabric on both sides. Draw out basic designs first, fine what type of boning the client wants, the outside fabrics and trims. And of course the size. You need all of those things before doing one stitch. Good luck.
malwae on August 12th, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re: possible...
Also, might be prudent to set expectations for how the garment will settle over time. Even loose reversible garments tend to find a 'favorite' side over time, and when you turn it to the less used side, there can be some awkwardness in how it hangs. This effect will be more pronounced on a shaped, tight fitting, reinforced garment like a bustier (which is more realistically what you're going to be building). The weave on the fabric that's worn on the outside for the first time will ease a bit larger compared with the inside layer, and when you turn it around it's going to have some faint buckling, rippling, etc.

I'd probably say that the client should expect a vest that's close fitting, but not so heavily boned and tight that she could get away without wearing a bra.
Carlton W. Terrydcwttaoo1 on August 12th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: possible...
Assuming its a women client also. I agree.
Charlene TherienCharlene Therien on August 12th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
I wanna say ditto to both comments above. I've seen people make reversible corsets and vests, but the end result usually doesn't live up to expectations. Perhaps the client would be willing to spring for two boned vests/bustiers that were single layer with inside boning channels?
Annarabid_bookwyrm on August 14th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
I would suggest that you try and find out what their goal is - do they think this will be less expensive? Do they... have very limited space in the closet? Are they going to the moon and the luggage weight restrictions are intense?

If it's the price thing (and I'm betting it's the price thing), you may see if you can work with them to make two garments fit the budget. The finish required for truly reversible corset is likely to be a bit of a hassle, and therefore a bit more expensive - this is not going to be a 'buy one, get one free' situation.

One thing that could help a lot with costs - you're only going to do the fittings once. Once you've got a pattern that works, you can make both finished garments off it. Yes, materials will cost slightly more, but the only big thing is the busk and that's a whopping $20. Survivable. You could offer installment payments, or something like that.

A reversible corset will also be a problem to wear. There are some very good reasons below, and here's another: You won't really be able to use a busk, since those face one way only and would be really hard to close from the wrong side, so it will have to be closed in front and open only with laces, which are much harder to get into by yourself.

You also can't loan one half of a reversible corset. Do they have same-size friends?

Best of luck.