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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Little girl's ren faire dress and bodice--With Pics! on: June 01, 2011 02:10:22 PM
Very cute! She looks absolutely adorable in that outfit!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: April 18, 2011 10:18:53 PM
Yeesh, just finished reading through all 103 pages! And I have to say, I definitely know more about making a corset than I did last week when I started reading through this thread! And it's definitely been a lot of help to read through all of the advice and suggestions. I made a bridal-style corset last summer for a Poison Ivy costume I made, which had just the fashion layer and boning in casings. It was definitely more fashion-corset than real-corset, so I'm in the process of making at least 2 proper corsets, only because I have fabric that I want to use for 2.

One is going to be a reversible corset, and so the biggest question I have for that would be what is the best way to create the busk closure without using a busk, since the closer sticks out through the front instead of the middle of the two pieces of fabric, if that makes sense?

These are the two sets of fabric I have that I want to use for my corsets: (can't post pictures as I'm a very new member!)
This fabric is going to be for my reversible corset, and have decided to have both types of fabric on each side, with mainly white panels with a couple blue panels as accents.

I haven't decided how I want to lay out the fabric for this one yet. I can't decide if I want the brocade to be the fashion layer, with the taffeta as the lining, or have something similar with the blue and white corset with the brocade as the main fabric and the taffeta in a couple panels as accents and as the lining. Any suggestions???

None of them are cotton, and I read a few times that cotton is the best to use for a lining. But I was wondering, if I wore one of the liner things underneath, would it matter what the lining was made out of, as long as it didn't irritate my skin? One lining is a taffeta, and the one I want to use for the reversible is a silk-like fabric; don't remember exactly what it is since I've had it for a couple years now.

Oh, and for these two corsets, I'm using the SImplicity 9769 and Butterick 4254 patterns. After that I'll probably venture out into the custom duct tape patterns; once I have a feel for making proper corsets.

I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions as I work on these, and I'll definitely provide WIP photos if people would like!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions about corset making on: April 14, 2011 02:13:48 PM
Hox- Thanks for the info!

I've heard a lot about coutil, but I don't really know what it looks like, and I can never find it at the fabric stores, but twill I definitely can!

That was what I was thinking of doing with the fabrics, thanks for confirming that.

I guess the boning thing makes sense. I've only used spiral steel before, so I don't know how flat steel works. But I will definitely experiment with the different types.

I guess the last one wasn't quite clear enough, but it seems like you figured out what I was trying to say. The ribbon didn't want to lie flat, and that's what the pattern I was following said to use, so I went with it. I'll definitely try out bias for this one and see how that works.

Thanks again for the help, I really appreciate it!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions about corset making on: April 12, 2011 02:44:29 PM
I found it after I posted this, but it was kind of a pain to look through, because there are so many pages with a helpful post every once in a while.

I only have a couple certain questions, so going through posts with info that I don't need or already know doesn't really help me.  Undecided
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Questions about corset making on: April 11, 2011 10:22:11 PM
Hello fellow Craftsters! I've mingled around on this site once in a while over the last year or so, but just now joined because I realised that I could definitely use help from fellow (and much more experienced) craftsters!

At the moment, I have a couple questions about making a corset, since that is one of the projects I'm planning on starting soon.

It's semi-late right now, so I might be adding questions that I can't think of at a later time, so I apologise in advance for that!

1. What would be the best fabric to use for the lining?
2. I'm hoping to make a reversible corset, and was thinking about having a double-lining in between the two outside layers of fabric. I was planning on sewing in boning channels straight into the fabric, instead of using the boning casings and sticking the boning between the 2 lining layers. Would that be a good idea, or should I do something different?
3. I know steel and spiral steel boning is the best to use, and just wanted to double-check something I've heard in the past: Flat steel boning is used next to the grommeting and for the busk, and spiral steel is used for all other channels, correct? Please let me know if a different way is better!
4. What is the best technique for sewing on the biased tape/finishing for the upper and lower edges for a corset? The last bridal-style corset that I made I used ribbon and it did not come out as smooth as I would have liked. Any tricks or suggestions to make it come out nice and flat?

Like I said, more questions may (most likely) crop up as I work on the corset. Thank you in advance for any advice I receive!

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