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23 January 2006 @ 09:56 am
a corset pic  
so...I dont usually post pictures of my work, but here is one I was really worried about.
it's for my best friend to wear to Ren Faire.
two reasons I was worried: 1.) she's got a rogue boob. it's easily a cup size bigger than the other so I had tried something new - I made the stomacher part of the corset higher on one side than on the other, the front side piece of that side is also higher. I was worried that you would be able to tell the line across the front was easily 1 1/2 to 2 inches different, but I dont think you can tell that much untill someone points it out. I also think that her breasts look pretty even considering. I've seen her in potted fox and pendragon looking VERY VERY lopsided. so...Im feeling pretty good about this.
2.) I had to make room in the waist/hip area for skirts. she usually wears atleast two skirts and a pair of bloomers under her bodice or corset. In the photos I took, she didnt have skirts or bloomers on and there's a small amount of room where the hip comes to the waist. I believe that this will fill up once the rest of her costume is on.
so...any feedback is certainly appreciated!!

justtobeme2justtobeme2 on January 23rd, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
I think it looks AWESOME!
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
ohh thank you so much!
it so doesnt compare to the fancy schmancy stuff some of you make.....but its supporting those huge boobs of hers with out any fear of them falling out and hurting someone!
Miss Needles Vagabondneedler on January 23rd, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
I think it looks absolutely stunning, it looks very even, you are very clever!
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42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
well I wouldnt have said spectacular - but thank you very much. I believe she is quite pleased! I finally delivered on the birthday present I owed her from JUNE 2005.
MsToriJones: purpleandwhitemstorijones on January 23rd, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
BEAUTIFUL....and you are right....I would not have noticed at all. with out reading I just figured she was not standing straight. you see this a lot..

42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
well - she is ALSO not standing straight...I had to remind her to straighten up several times during fittings, and photos. heh
Mynja: tigerarmandae on January 23rd, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
It does look absolutely amazing.

Also, if the uneven line is really bothering you, here is a suggestion.
- Cut the line straight, but on the inside of the corset have a "shelf" or a kind of filler under the smaller boob. Kinda like they have inside some bras. A sort of insert. You could do this by sewing a sort of pocket on one side, and even stealing the insert from said bras. That way she can slip it in/out for cleaning whatever.

As to the hips - It looks good, and yeah, skirts do need extra room, but instead of adding it to the hips (it really depends on the fabric) I would just make the corset standard size, cause it will press/cinch in. That way it doesn't -need- to be worn with skirts to look nifty. The lacing in the back may be larger -

Or, Idea #2 - Since you have lacing down the long curved edge in the front, why not have lacing over the hips? That way when not wearing skirt, the lacing is almost closed, no gap, but when she has skirts there is a gap similarto the one she has in her front. Would be more adjustable and coudl esilly be done on one of the hip panels in between two of the bonings so you don't sacrifice any structural integrity/rigidity.

/structural engineer geeking

But even the way yo uhave done it looks marvy ;p
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
the corset wont ever be worn other than at renfaire...and the reason I didnt make it the regular size is that then the three garments worn under tend to DIG in to the waist, makes for an uncomfortable situation after 7 or 8 hours at faire.
Mynjaarmandae on January 23rd, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. When I had to deal with that, i had padding specifically made to go under the grommets. Even just a section of wool/fleece folded over itself. Also helped to wick moisture away from the skin.

42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
interesting idea. we do WENCH - not lady, so there's no bum rolls or anything like that....
padding to go under the grommets....also interesting....I'll keep those ideas in mind.
Mynjaarmandae on January 23rd, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
not necessarilly lady. Just a folded piece of fabric that goes between skin and metal. less chafing ;p

mrpet: curiousmrpet on January 23rd, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
I also recommend having a laced up hip gusset. They are really easy to insert since they are split in half. An example of one of my designs
mrpet: curiousmrpet on January 23rd, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
arrghh, I meant to hit preview ;)

No really, here is the example
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
you've got the star over the split so I cant see it, but I wonder how much of an ass pain it was to sew down to waist, and then hem open the hip gusset in order to grommet.

this would TOTALLY solve the "how many layers are under my corsetty goodness cutting into my delicate flesh" issue.

I will have to play with that idea - thanks for bringing it up.

I dont suppose anyone has any production photos of this or something similar in the works??
mrpet: curiousmrpet on January 23rd, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
It wasn't too bad. I put the stars there as a design element. I also had to do a last minute boning change so the top wasn't as clean as I would have liked it, stars to the rescue!

Before you start you need to finish the edge of the gusset. I just turned it under. Eventually you will top stitch it to the lining piece which is also turned under. For fabric, a quick line of basting stitches is all you need.

The main thing that you need to do when you are sewing the split gusset is to align the top of the gusset up so that it hits right on the seam allowance of the adjacent panel. That way then you sew the two panels together with the gussets attached they will come out from the top point together. I would draw on the SA on the inside of the fabric so you can line it all up before basting. Since you would see the SA if you split them you need to turn both SA away from the gusset (make a welt seam) Once you have the lining in there you can top stitch the welt seam down for a tighter look. when you turn the SA in and the gusset out you will have the SA left to sew to the next panel (w/ gusset) Make sure that when you put them together right sides, the gussets are perfectly lined up.

I made the lining piece as one big panel rather than try and fit the gusset on the inside. I didn't really add much in the way of increases b/w the gusset and pannel, they were all in the split. This saved me a lot of time.

I have a lot of pics from that construction. I need to look through them but I seem to remember forgetting to take a pic of the gusset insertion. If the trash hasn't gone out tonight I can snag the original mockup piece that doesn't have the star on it.
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
I would LOVE to see....if you find pics, or take pics of the mock...I'd love to see this in action!
I think I have the basic idea....and it'll solve a multitude of things for me with the type of things I usually make!!!!!
mrpet: curiousmrpet on January 24th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
Here you go: Click the pics for a full size version of the mockup. It is in red fake leather, I just cut it out of the larger peice to save.

WereCatwerecatslair on January 24th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Oh my gods!
You made a chubby wonderwoman! You sooooooo rock!
mrpet: boobiesmrpet on January 24th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
Re: Oh my gods!
I would call her curvy :)
WereCatwerecatslair on January 24th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: Oh my gods!
Chubby, curvy, voluptous... whatever, all the same to me. I myself am all those words and then some. LOL She looks absolutely adorable! I know, probably not the word you or she would be looking for, but I still think its cute and you rock for making it for her. I have seen too many women worry so much about what they think (based on media in general) will and wont look good on them they never try what they want just cause they want it. It's nice to see someone that does. Let her know for me that I think she looks awesome!
The Red Rose of Texasfieryredhead on January 23rd, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! I want one! ;)
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
well - I'd be happy to help you with that!!
if you really do, email me at artsywench at gmail dot com.
The Red Rose of Texasfieryredhead on January 23rd, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'd love one but my spending is curtailed at the moment; trying to save to purchase a horse trailer which I desperately need! :p
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
gee...i have one of those i can sell you too!!
though...its pretty old and needs some body work.
The Red Rose of Texasfieryredhead on January 23rd, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Heh, but you alas are in PA and I am in Texas. :p If I still lived in Boston we'd be in business! ;) I've been having a really hard time trying to find a trailer I can afford as my guy is just shy of 17 hands and needs a really tall one!
anidananidan on January 23rd, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Is that your lad in your icon? He's a beauty. I really miss my horse, well, I leased him, so technically not mine, but we couldn't afford to keep leasing after a while and I haven't had a horse since. Nearly 10 years now I think about it!
The Red Rose of Texas: Max Rosesfieryredhead on January 23rd, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's my Max! :) Thanks very much; I'll relay your compliment to him. ;)
m1ss_ann_thropy on January 24th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
He looks like a 'Fries'... horses that come from a province here called 'Friesland' :) I've had to reluctantly sell my horse after I got divorced, there was a Grand Prix rider (dressage) from the States who fell in love with him (he was sold and flown over) and he's ridden by her pupil. Still miss him though and overseas is a bit hard to keep track, even though we have contact.
The Red Rose of Texasfieryredhead on January 24th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
He is just that horse; a dutch registered Friesian. :) Max is my second horse and although he is really my dream horse I still miss my little mustang who was my first.
eggiebert on January 23rd, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
If the customer is uneaven in measurments for whatever reason, it's my thought that the garment reflecting that is ideal. This is a wonderful reflection of her figure, and gives an impression of symetry that wasn't spoiled even after I read the description! :D

It looks lovely.
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
thank you so much!! after looking at the photo all day I really wish I had a "straighter" photo of her. but she's two states away as of 12pm last night...so that wont be happening till faire season starts in May atleast.

I really appreciate all the nice things everyone had to say about this corset! thanks everyone!
malwae on January 23rd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
I just love the concept of a rogue boob...
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
omg!! you ought to be there when she's wearing a pendragon bodice and we've had a few at the pub....its all about mashing that sucker back down in so it doesnt hurt someone....remember daffy duck and the jenie of the lamp?


I am forever telling her to put her "extra pillow" away.
Kerri: Corset shortsolan_t on January 23rd, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
Wow, that worked very well. I am not even sure which side is actually higher! As someone else said, it could simply be that she's standing uneven (and don't I know all about that!) Good job!
m1ss_ann_thropy on January 23rd, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
It looks really great! Wonderful job!
Geek Princesspretty_geek on January 23rd, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
I think you did a wonderful job. I never would've noticed if you hadn't said something. ^_^
Ninacherry_sprinkle on January 23rd, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
It really looks wonderful! I'm so jealous, I want one! :)
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'd be happy to oblige! this particular corset was quite fast to finish now that I have my new machine.

Ninacherry_sprinkle on January 23rd, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
yeah? nina@septemberpixie.com contact me!! :D
_luminosity_ on January 23rd, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
That looks really good! I really like it without lacing guards, it looks like the front panel is "floating"
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
I rarely do modesty panels, and almost always make a seperate stomacher and side pieces.

most of the work I do is for ren faires so this is pretty much the norm other than the fallen angel silk brocade style for the skinny people with the plastic bones.
anidananidan on January 23rd, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
I think you've done a great job. When you said you had worries I was like "what, where?"
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 23rd, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
ohmygosh thanks!
everyone's been so good for my ego today!!
WereCatwerecatslair on January 24th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
So what are my chances of...
talking you into letting me pay you to draft a pattern in my size and measurements for me. I have some lovely brocade here I want to use. I love the lacings on either side of the busk. It looks awesome! My boobs are almost an exact match so you wont even have to raise one side or anything. Name a price and I will do my best to come up with it. :)
42redmonkeys42redmonkeys on January 24th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
Re: So what are my chances of...
how about emailing me off list, and we'll talk about it.
artsywench at gmail dot com
WereCatwerecatslair on January 24th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: So what are my chances of...
You got it hon :) It will be coming from werecatslair at Yahoo . com :)
electradesignselectradesigns on January 26th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
very nice! I didn't notice the asymmetry until you pointed it out. It props up her goodies quite well and they look even. I think people will be so mesmerized by her boobins that they won't ever notice any of the little quirks you had to compensate for.