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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / stripy skirt of a pencil variety on: April 15, 2007 11:42:50 AM
 O.K so I know I said I would post pics of the corsets I made recently, but my model (my sister) refuses to let me use the pics and they weren't made to fit me. So heres my latest skirt instead.
I really like the way it turned out at the back coz it was kinda "frankenstiened". it reminds me of bettlejuice but I don't know why, must be the stripes I think(I found them in the off cuts section, 3.00 for 2m- fabric is expensive here.)


Front


Side seams, I think these tuned out okish, they look good on lol but the skirt is seethrough.


Back


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2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Roethke adapted overbust corset *tute*edit 08.03.07 on: February 14, 2007 11:49:35 AM
I just got a sewing machine! So obviously what you do first is attempt to draft your own patterns for a corset and a pencil skirt- skirt first, I'm not that stupid (well that's your own opinion apparently)  as to try a corset with no machine experience! So I already tried hand sewing this amazing thing http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=122286.0 before Christmas and saw no-one had figured how to adapt it in to an over bust so I decided to have a bash, its not the best but quite good for a trail run, and the pattern will be easily remedied!
CORSET

Side

http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/8085/p2130028vc8.jpg
Back
http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/8403/p2130029dk1.jpg


Comments, compliments, crits or questions welcome!=]



*edited 08.03.07 after third one I made- much better attempt I think lol. Will show ya all eventually =]*
For the pattern:

1) Take your measurements ( there is a lot of them but you need them)

Measure:
True Waist,
Hips,
Just below ribcage,
Just below bust (where the back band of a bra would go)
Largest part of bust,
Where you want the top of the corset to lie,
And finally, everything vertically between, so from the top of the bust down to the largest part etc.

2) Round each horizontal measurement to the nearest inch,  and minus the amount of cinching you want, although I don't think anything more than 4 will hold very well. (minus from all horizontal measurements, you get the biggest cinching on the waist by tying it correctly.)

3) Draw a line the length of the largest measurement, probably bust,  and divide it in to 6. Draw a straight vertical line on each mark. [ a]

   I suggest using this order, however it is important that you use the largest part even if its not the bust for step 3. Bust, above the bust, below the bust,  ribcage,  waist, hips.

4) Take the measurement that you took between the line you just drew, and the next horizontal measurement, i.e.  2.5 between largest part of bust and top of corset, and mark this on to the vertical lines.[.b]

5) Divide the next horizontal measurement by 8, take this away from the first horizontal measurement, now divide the difference by 16.  
 
6) Mark this measurement perpendicular from the points made in step 4[.b]. Join the marks to the places done on the line in step 3[a]. You ought to have 8 trapezium shapes.

7) If using the suggested order, extend the lines made in step 3 downwards [c]. Repeat steps 4 ,5&6 so you have 8 hexagons.
  


8 ) Extend a line downwards from [d] repeat 4-6. Continue like this until finished.

9) Draw the shape of the top and bottom edges then number them and finally cut out

To make:

1) Its best to use the layer method if you use the Roethke cola bottle recycling gurdness, but for the last one I did, I use cable ties and they be all skinny and lovely so you can attach them any way you want- unless you do the whole sweetheart bodice thing- then I would stick to layering , so get hold of a lining,  and cover fabric (outside bit) and maybe a base fabric .

2) Pin and cut all the pieces, make sure you pin and tack all the pieces in the right order.
 
3) Sew them together.

4) Attach boning via boning channels in this sort of shape (well for a sweet heart type bodice its easiest and looks best imho lol):

Or alternatavly, if using a straightish top, you can do what you like really!!!=]

5)  Lie the 3 completed layers like this; lining- face up, cover- face down, base. Tack and sew.

6) Finish the raw edges and add eyelets.

7) Tie like this to ensure balanced cinching:  http://www.waspcreations.com/howtol.htm

Any questions just ask, I've never done this before so its probably not much help+ I don't know what I'm talking about, but I tried =]
3  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Where can I buy boning ??? on: January 15, 2007 01:00:23 PM
Where can I buy boning for corsets from, I can't seem to find any in the local craft type shops (not that there are many in the Durhamish area Angry). Plastic or steel I don't mind I just WANT lol!
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