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08 July 2009 @ 08:29 pm
Fan lacing tutorial  

OMG ! I can’t believe I’m writing a tutorial on this community ! I still feel like a poor newbie to corsetry…

First, I’d like to thank you all for your nice comments on my fan-lacing underbust.

Second: I knew someone else on this community had made a fan-lacing corset before, so I checked the community entries and finally found what spiggymr7 had posted a while ago. Unfortunately, there’s no pic anymore in that entry, but I know you can see the corset on her myspace page, for those who are interested.

As some of you requested a tutorial about the fan-lacing...

 

I’ll start with a few words on the construction itself: quite easy, you make your corset as usual, and only add a kind of external waist tape, where you will attach the lacing slides.

I used grosgrain tape, sewn between the 1st and 2nd front panels, at the waist.

Now, let’s get to the lacing: I unlaced my corset, and made a lace out of 2 different colours, to make it more visual (as I noticed that a dark pic of a dark lacing over a dark corset is not that visual).

The tip is to always think “cross”: my lace goes across the corset when it goes from a slide hole to an eyelet, and from an eyelet to the opposite slide. It only goes straight between one eyelet and the other, this is how I get horizontal lines…

You start at the top of the corset, and fan-lace it all the way down. Here are pics for the first sets of eyelets:













My coloured laces were too short to lace the whole corset, but I hope this is what you expected....
As you can see, it's much easier than it seams at first
 
 
 
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corsetrasewingcorsetrasewing on July 8th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
that is fabulous!
thank you kindly for this lacing tutorial, the different colored laces really help!
Serindëserindecorsets on July 8th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Before making this corset, I ruined my eyes watching fan-lacing pics, trying to understand the lacing technique...
Donnademi_x on July 8th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
nice, well done..... but my brain now hurtz!
Serindëserindecorsets on July 8th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
LOL :^D
I'm afraid I don't have any aspirin left...
jason!lollerjason on July 8th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
you totally rock :D
thank you thank you thank you!

I'm totally gonna try this out!
Duaeduae on July 8th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Would you mind if I reposted my fan lacing method? It's similar, but one slight difference. (the original one the images got deleted)
Serindëserindecorsets on July 8th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Please do ! I'd be interesed to learn another method !
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Serindëserindecorsets on July 8th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
You can buy the fan-lacing slides from Vena Cava Designs (uk), or from Corsetmaking
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Serindëserindecorsets on July 9th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
It's fine, no pb.
"boner"...you just taught me a new word
selmabouvierselmabouvier on July 8th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! I'm saving it.
sparklewrensparklewren on July 8th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome little tutorial :-)
type_chicktype_chick on July 8th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks much! Is awesome!
Jane Starz: Sewing - machinejanestarz on July 9th, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
This is awesome!
I'd have to work out a sketch to see how many eyelets I should make, but your photo's make a great tutorial!
Serindëserindecorsets on July 9th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
More details: I have 12 eyelets on each side, and as I use 5-hole slides, the lace goes twice into 1 hole.
Hope it helps...

Aallyxa_rabid_flea on July 9th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
NOW you post a tutorial on it...
I had to spend hours picking apart pictures for a fan lacing I did last year.

Just an add note from most of the ones I had seen (and a little learning experience) when you go to cinch it up, it works easier if you skip the 2 eyelets on each side that are underneath the slides. In your pictures it would be the 6th and 7th from the top.

Am I the only one that has found this?
Serindëserindecorsets on July 9th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Interesting. It means that I should skip the waist eyelets... As I need to relace my corset with its black lace, I'll think I'll try this out, as weel as the other technique Duae posted.
flawless bitch_delicateterror on August 3rd, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Do you use one continuous lace?
Did you try skipping the 6th and 7th holes? I'm curious to know how that worked out.

Thanks for this tutorial! :)
Wilhelmina LemmonWilhelmina Lemmon on May 21st, 2016 07:27 am (UTC)
How long laces?
How long do you make the smaller fan lacing laces per grommet? Thanks for your tutorial.
Serindëserindecorsets on May 29th, 2016 03:25 pm (UTC)
Re: How long laces?
Sorry for the late answer. Honestly, I wrote this tutorial nearly 7 years ago, haven't made fan-laced corsets for a long while, so... not easy to answer, I'm afraid :-) .
For each fan-laced corset I made, I always eye-balled the length of the laces: I wanted enough length to loosen the corset and put it on/ take it off, but not too much so that I could also lace it tightly enough. The length of your waist straps is also very important: the longer they are, the more flexibility you have regarding laces and lacing.