I love boys in corsets and I had the pleasure of making a black cincher for a client. I had bought some ballistic nylon that I thought would make a cool, industrial looking corset and he fell in love with the fabric. It is basically what those black, stiff suitcases are made out of. Unfortunately, because of the plastic coating it has, it was one of the most difficult corsets I've ever made. I broke numerous needles and almost broke my home machine. I have an industrial that I should have used, but it isn't working too well at the moment. The fabric wouldn't take a crease or iron at all. It would ignore my iron up to a point and then all of a sudden start melting. So, the boning casings and the binding were a serious challenge. I ended up sewing a piece of the nylon to a piece of the coutil essentially making a tube. I then turned it right-side out and stitched it down. I had to do each one 2 or 3 times to get it to look right. The binding fought me as well. The only thing that helped was ironing it so it became soft and supple, just before it melted and then pinning it really quickly before it regained it's original shape.
I am so happy with the way it finally turned out and much more proud of it than all the easy corsets I've just whipped out in the past. The only thing that bothers me is that it looks just like any ol' black cincher - nothing super special. I just have to keep reminding myself - I learned a lot on this one and my client is happy so it was all worth it.
Here's a few pics:
Photos by the talented Ruby Rieke