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Topic: Silk Brocade Corset... for $8!  (Read 36825 times)
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« on: April 02, 2008 06:48:03 PM »

When this challenge was announced, I immediately started thinking about ideas.  What awesome things can I make for under $10?

Then it hit me: A CORSET!  I went to my dollar store with this end goal in mind, and after a week of blood, sweat, and tears (good thing I keep the band-aids in the craft room), I came up with this:


The materials:


3 Silk-brocade pillow cases, 2 for $1.95, 1 for $1.50 (you'll find out later why one was cheaper)
1 package of zip-ties, $1.65
1 pink kid's scarf, $1
TOTAL: $8.05

I'd picked up a package of snaps and a grommet setter, but I decided not to use the snaps.  The grommet setter?  Well, you get what you pay for... Totally didn't work.

First things first: the lacing.


Farewell, pink scarf, I barely knew ye!


Yarn tripled and chained with a G hook, then that chain was chained with a K hook.

I really wish I had pictures to show of my process making the corset, but my craft room lighting is the worst in the world, and I rarely get home before it's dark out.  But!  I'll tell you what I did!  First, pictures:








Completely lined and reversible!









The pillowcases had fronts and backs.  The fronts are the pretty swirly brocade design, and the backs were a plain green that matched.  I used my seam ripper to take the pillowcases apart, then I interfaced both sides to high heaven (dollar store pillowcases, what can I say?).  I made my own pattern by wrapping an old scrap sheet around my dress-form, and pinning it to fit snugly.  I sewed the sheet, marked up my seams with a pen, then cut out the pieces and used these as my pattern.

I cut each piece of the corset with my outer and lining fabric together (right sides facing!) and realized after I'd cut out all my pieces that I'd accidentally cut out two right sides!  I was dead set on NOT doing this, so I made sure I flipped my pattern pieces, not realizing that instead of the brocade fabric on top, I had the lining on top.  So yeah.  I'd only bought two pillowcases, but after this mistake I had to go back to the dollar store to get one more.  Luckily, since I didn't use the snaps or the grommet setter, I could afford it!  Even better, the person only rung it up for $1.50!

I sewed each brocade and lining pair together at the top, and then each panel together at the sides.  When all the pieces were together, I sewed the edges of the end pieces and turned it right-side out.  I pinned up the seams to make sure they were even, and stitched in gutters for my boning (the zip-ties).  After I squeezed the boning in, I sewed up the bottom, then installed the grommets.  After lacing it up, I was DONE!

There are definitely some things I'd do differently if I could: drafting a pattern on my dummy was all fun and games, but I really should have done some MATH, too.  The pictures of me wearing it don't show that I had to stuff a scarf in there to make the sides not look incredibly bunchy.  Here's it without the scarf:


It's too late for me to go in and stabilize the waist because the brocade is cheap and will completely fall apart if I undo the seams.  My problem was I made the pieces too wide at the waist.  Next time, I do math.  But hey, it's not bad for my second corset, first one without a pattern?
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2008 06:55:56 PM »

***applauds***

Holy crap! You just may be my hero. It's awesome!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2008 06:58:09 PM »

This is possibly the most amazing thing ever made from dollar store booty.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2008 06:59:41 PM »

That is beautiful! I am envious of people who can sew--many more options to create fabulous-ness!
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2008 07:02:02 PM »

I'm beyond obsessed with corsets, I love them, and this...this is absolutely fabulous! Well done  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2008 07:02:52 PM »

I LOVE IT!! You will definitely have my vote!
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2008 07:04:29 PM »

Hey! This is what I needed for my dress! Nice job.
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2008 07:04:49 PM »

Very cool Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2008 07:05:45 PM »

Omg, you Craftsters never cease to AMAZE me!   Shocked

THIS ROCKS!! And the way you used each item. Unraveling that scarf. Wow!
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2008 07:09:30 PM »

Omg, you Craftsters never cease to AMAZE me!   Shocked

THIS ROCKS!! And the way you used each item. Unraveling that scarf. Wow!

Recycling = awesome.  I love knitting with sweaters I've unraveled from thrift stores.  It's a really cheap way to get some nice yarn, too.  I scored a 100% cashmere sweater the last time I went sweater harvesting.
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2008 07:10:52 PM »

Holy Crap! That's AWESOME!
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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2008 07:11:29 PM »

Oh so Awesome!!  If you do it again, a pictured tut would be great.  WOW!
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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2008 07:17:22 PM »

This is wonderful! It looks great on you, too. You rock! Grin

Unraveling that scarf... wow. And then the chaining, and then chaining again... I hope you watched a good movie or something! I shudder at the tedium! Wink
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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2008 07:20:17 PM »

This is wonderful! It looks great on you, too. You rock! Grin

Unraveling that scarf... wow. And then the chaining, and then chaining again... I hope you watched a good movie or something! I shudder at the tedium! Wink

I did the chaining in bits and pieces, mostly at work or at home when I was surfing Craftster and Ravelry.  I can chain pretty fast, though, so it didn't actually take me that long.  And I ended up cutting off a lot after I'd laced up the back anyway.
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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2008 08:01:56 PM »

Too frigging cool!

I was just thinking about recrafting a too big pair of dress pants into a corset...
(they're grey with white stripes preeetty).
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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2008 08:29:42 PM »

This is one of the nicest corsets I have ever seen in regards to the shape/style and fabric used.  Very inspirational.  Well done  Grin.
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« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2008 09:00:26 PM »

This is incredible!  Well done!!
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« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2008 09:23:14 PM »

absolutely STUNNING!!!
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« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2008 09:50:58 AM »

I felt the need to comment again. Grin 

This is just so beautiful! I think I know where my vote is headed. Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2008 10:31:54 AM »

Did you crochet the skirt from leftover scarf as well?
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« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2008 10:54:00 AM »

Just beautiful. The ziptie bones are inspired.
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« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2008 11:10:17 AM »

Did you crochet the skirt from leftover scarf as well?

Oh, no!  I knit that skirt a little while ago.  I posted it on Craftster Right Here!  The scarf was REALLY short and I used up almost the whole thing crocheting the lacing.
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« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2008 03:11:26 PM »

I like the combination of colors, the pink is just the right amount to balance the brocade and make it look interesting and unique. Good choice!

The problem with the crinkles in the waist area is not due to spacing or shaping of the panels, i think its the plastic ties, they are just not sturdy enough. Once they bent you can't get them smooth again (you can try ironing the whole thing under a cloth and with low temperature, that might help a little).
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« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2008 04:00:10 PM »

I am so impressed that you made such a beautiful garment with dollar store materials and without a pattern.  I'm also loving the pink and green.  Those will be the colors of my new spring outfit if we ever escape from winter.
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« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2008 04:17:55 PM »

I want one! Love that brocade.
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« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2008 05:34:48 PM »

The problem with the crinkles in the waist area is not due to spacing or shaping of the panels, i think its the plastic ties, they are just not sturdy enough. Once they bent you can't get them smooth again (you can try ironing the whole thing under a cloth and with low temperature, that might help a little).

I figured that had something to do with it as well.  I was planning on doubling the zip-ties on the sides, but the package had 15 instead of the 16 it was supposed to, so I couldn't do that.
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« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2008 06:34:38 PM »

Just beautiful. The ziptie bones are inspired.

I concur! Absolutely brilliant! Im totally using zip ties as boning for my next bodice!
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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2008 08:00:10 PM »

This is great, when I first saw it on the front page, I couldn't believe it was for this challenge.. That's a pretty professional looking corset for under 10 bucks! Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2008 09:54:29 PM »

it's really pretty.  Great work! It does look very professionally sewn!
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« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2008 07:53:46 PM »

Amazing!!  I have a dress that this corset would be perfect for!  Great idea for using the zip ties!
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« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2008 11:21:40 PM »

Props i love your corset i never would have come up with something like this
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« Reply #31 on: April 05, 2008 07:48:24 PM »

Wow. This corset is stunning. No one would guess that it was made by a real live person, let alone made from cheap pillow cases and a kid's scarf. Truly inspiring.
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« Reply #32 on: April 07, 2008 02:56:52 PM »

Very awesome.

It looks professional and very pretty.
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« Reply #33 on: April 07, 2008 07:32:03 PM »

Oh, I do love this.  I have fabric and ties already in my stash, but I could buy the 'findings' at the $1 store!

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« Reply #34 on: April 10, 2008 08:56:12 AM »

ZIP TIES?!?! GENIOUS. Thank you soooo uch. I don't have to spend an arm for the boning on my next one! Awesome job gal.
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« Reply #35 on: April 10, 2008 05:41:46 PM »

I think thats pretty good for less than 10 bucks! Awesome! And without a pattern too.
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« Reply #36 on: April 24, 2008 09:57:15 PM »

This is so ingenious!!  Amazing work!
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« Reply #37 on: April 25, 2008 07:00:46 PM »

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it's BEAUTIFUL......you did a great job Grin
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« Reply #40 on: October 21, 2008 07:59:14 PM »

very well done!!
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