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« on: May 27, 2008 09:45:09 PM »

I want to make a corset that is a bit stiff, but not really stiff. Any ideas of how I can make it stiffish and what I can use?

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008 05:19:06 AM »

You might be able to skip the boning altogether and just interface the snot out of your fabric (I'm not 100% sure that will work the way you want though).

Also some fabric stores sell plastic boning in different weights which is much lighter than spring steel. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008 07:39:21 AM »

Like she said Smiley There are a variety of weights of plastic boning.

Forgoing boining in a corset depends on several things:
1) what size are yer boobs? If you are an A cup or a narrow B, you can probably get away with just heavy innnerfacing & stiff fabric layers. If you have bodacious ta-tas, you need the boning to keep the corset where it belongs. C cup or better will push the corset down- yes- even if you try lacing it really tight. Sagging and too tight is really not attractive.

2) is this truly a corset or is it a vest type or one with straps? If there is something over the shoulder to keep the top parts up, you can usually get away with skipping it.

3) is it being worn over other clothing? if it's pairing up with other stuff on the outside of other garments, again, you can get away with skipping the boning. If it's acting like underwear (corsets are underwear!) it needs boning.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2008 05:32:27 PM »

I'm thinking of doing all sorts of corsets, like vest ones maybe, or over shirt ones, or shirt type of corsets, some with straps, some without.

I'm looking for all sorts of options really.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2008 05:49:59 PM »

Roethke has a great corset tute on Craftster, and she just uses plastic drink bottle plastic. I've also used 1mm-thick plastic sheets, cut into strips. I think it's a model-making supply.

Just take a look at whatever's lying around the house, and see if you can improvise!
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2008 08:42:08 PM »

I saw a corset boned with those plastic zip ties, you know the long ones they use for handcuffs? I only saw a picture, they seemed to do the trick. Seems to me it was here on Craftster ... I think in the challenge section - yes, a couple of months ago during the dollar store challenge - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237720.msg2609051#msg2609051
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2008 07:07:49 AM »

cable ties! cable ties!

sorry - but these little wonders rock! if u use quite a heavy gauge then they'll hold up most things.

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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2008 03:04:46 AM »

For DIY light weight boning... a cool whip bowl works great.  Especially at 2am in the morning when there are no stores open and you just have to get it finished.  Cut the bowl down one side, cut off the bottom and the lip.  Lay between pressing cloth (pillow case works great) and use moderate heat to press it flat.  Once it cools in a few seconds you can cut it to the widths and lenghts needed.  You can stitch through it easily with a long stitch if you dont want or cant put in a seam casing.
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2008 07:42:05 PM »

I had the cutest Wet Seal tank top that had corset seams, but no boning.  The seams were really well placed, the thing was lined, and I think lightly interfaced, and it fit like a dream (I've gained a size or so since I got it, but I still have it for when I get back down there).  Anyway, it was really nice because it looked like a corset, provided a wee bit of shaping, and yet could go in the wash, and I could sit.  Plastic boning, I've found since, tends to want to warp when you sit.
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2008 08:14:57 AM »

yes to plastic zip ties. i'm cheap and boning is expensive! also the ladies at my JoAnn's suggested cutting up a milk jug.
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