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24 April 2011 @ 09:20 pm
First real corset! In progress  
So I just completed all requirements for graduating university with my B. Ed. Graduation means graduation party and I decided that I was making my outfit. And that my outfit needed to include a corset. And this time, I decided to try for some real reduction at the waist. Not much, since I don't need much, but a good 2-3 inches. After a few minor modifications to my original drafted pattern, a hand-sewn toile and a machine-sewn toile, I came up with this. It's still in progress, lacking the binding. I want to add pink or gold lace trim and the laces in the back will probably be pink, not purple. I'm going to add a skirt and some type of bolero top (lace maybe?). It needs to be toned down a little bit since I'll also be wearing it to my granddad's 90th birthday the day after my grad...

So without further ado, pictures and information under the cut
Corset front Corset side

Not sure if it's just the angle of the photo or if it's just badly laced. Next time I wear it, I'll have someone help me lace it up to make sure it's even. I'm not really good at tightlacing by myself yet. I also want to put modesty panels front and back. And last but not least, before putting it on I will remember to remove any and all pins that were in the project. I drove all the way home from the sewing studio in that thing before realising what was poking me wasn't a bone, it was a pin.
badly laced back

Inside lining

The fashion fabric is cotton velvet, fused to white denim for some pieces, white  heavy canvas (a cut up karate gi in fact) for others, the lining is quilting cotton. I used Pellon double-sided fusing to fuse the fabric. My next corset I'm going to try the mistyfuse to compare the two.  The bones are mostly spiral steels, except for two flats at center back. The binding is going to be bias-cut strips of the same red velvet, as I said I'm going to add probably gold (or pink) lace and pink laces for the back. I am a little concerned about the slight muffin-top at the back, even though the cups are a bit loose. I think next time I'll take the front pieces in a bit against the torso and I'll raise the cups a tiny bit.

I was just so pleased with it I thought I'd share!
Julia: corsetmutive on April 25th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Ooh, very nice. I love the shape!
Annarabid_bookwyrm on April 25th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
It looks like the hip could be larger. If you like the spring in back (the width between the back edges) then you don't have to change it, but you could also add an inch or so both sides overall.

I love the color.
Sabrinamala_14 on April 26th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Looks good! Great shaping. Being small-busted, I tend to take in a lot at the bustline too, which I've noticed makes a bit of a muffin top at the back. I think if you take the width from the front but add a little to the back, the fit should be better all around. That's what I plan on doing on my next corset.
A thing of such beauty must be called love.electrakitty74 on April 27th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
For tightlacing oneself, I can offer a little insight. One of my friends keeps hers laced with one long continuous lace with slack at the waist. She lets herself in by the busk, then tugs the lacing in progressively (with kind of a shimmy movement)until she's snugly laced, then ties a bow. I was so impressed the first time I saw her do it. Hers is just an underbust corset; I'm not sure if it would work differently with an overbust.
Claudiaatasharuku on April 29th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
That's only 2 or 3 inches of reduction? You must have a great figure, then. =P Beautiful work.