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!)http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c218/hieis_girl1/Sewing%20projects/102_2200.jpg
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.http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c218/hieis_girl1/Sewing%20projects/102_2201.jpg
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!