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« Reply #100 on: October 02, 2004 12:40:49 AM »

I just joined here because I wanted to give you some advice on corset-making =)

When you are drafting your own pattern and are a 'standard'-size person you should make that pattern about 10cm (4"?) smaller than your waist-circumsize(sp?). You should also keep a watch out for the fat that wants to bulge out at the top and bottom of your corset if you lace it a bit. If you get that problem you need to enlarge the patternpieces at those places. When I made a corset for a friend I had to enlarge the back-pieces at the top to make place for that fat. It isn't because you are fat or something, it's just because when you lace yourself you squeeze all the stuff in your stomach and outside to places where it don't normally is.

I also think that for a real corset you need to use a busk instead of hooks and eyes and steel boning (or that really sturdy plastic boning that is made to work like whale boning), otherwise it won't hold it's shape. Around the lacing at the back you need to use that flat steel that won't bend to the sides (spring steel I think), otherwise your lacing will bulge and look really strange. Hooks and eyes at the front will work exactly the same, they will bulge if you lace a bit. I always use spring steel under the busk now too for extra support so it won't curve too much around the stomach.

And the more boning you add the more comfortable the corset will be, that's my experience anyway. In my latest corset for my friend I used about 28-30 bones. Spring steel at the back and under the busk and spiral steel in all the other places. Spiral steel allows for more flexibility when you  move. And if you have a seam that is curves you have to use spiral steel because spring steel can't follow that curve. If you have a lot of boning and sturdy material the corset can't bend itself and cause pain when you move or do stuff.

BlueEyedGirl: I think www.farthingales.on .ca have patterns that works for plus-sizes too. I have the silverado and it goes from size 6 to 26, I'm from Sweden though and don't know exactly what those sizes represent. If you are making your own pattern or enlarging a smaller pattern, remember that plus-size women can lace more tightly than thinner women thus you could make your pattern more than 10cm smaller than your waist-circumsize.

I'm so sorry about my long post and my crappy english, but I hope I could help a bit at least Wink
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« Reply #101 on: October 02, 2004 04:48:36 PM »

i dunno bout taking centimeters  off... because a lot of girls might start chopping huge numbers off and try to squeeze into it and if they don't line it properlly it will stretch or the seams will break, i personally stand by engineering the displacement of fat to "look skinnier" but not actually go around pulling to tight. btw, you can also use flat steel boning, it comes in mulitple lengths, and is period accurate if you are doing sca  or reinactment stuffs
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« Reply #102 on: October 02, 2004 11:25:54 PM »

But the meaning with a corset is that it should reduce your waist-circumsize. If it doesn't reduce your waist-circumsize it isn't a corset, just a normal bodice. And if it stretches or the seams breaks when you try to lace yourself you haven't made it properly. Just because you reduce the corset with 10cm doesn't mean you have to lace yourself in 10cm. If you begin with a mock-up and feel that 10cm is too much, start with 5cm instead. But when you buy a corset it is recommended that you buy one that is 10cm smaller than your waist-circumsize.
Isn't flat steel boning the same as spring steel or have I missed something? I get so confused because spiral steel and spring steel sounds as it should be the same thing to me. But obviously it isn't..

I also saw something earlier in this thread about lacing the corset first, and then put it around you and try to close the busk. That is so wrong. You'll only hurt your corset if you do that. The proper way to wear a corset is to lace it really big, put it around you, close the busk and then start to lace it tighter. You start to lace just a bit, and then after an hour or so you can lace a little bit more. But remember to start easy, it's so much more comfortable that way.
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« Reply #103 on: October 03, 2004 01:30:21 PM »

the purpuse of the corset depends on the style of the corset. any sca/reinactment corset up until the 18th century is not intended to reduce waist circumference, but rather to provide a fashionable shape, yes, gothic and bondage corsetry is all about reducing waist size in a sado/masochistic way, and victorian corsetry did wasp your shape, but not all corsets are made for that reason. according to most of the research i've done, atempting to disfigure your natural body shape too much is hazardous, and a corset should not be a burden to wear, but rather more comfortable than a bra. ten centimeters is a bit extreme. and the difference between a bodice and corset is that a corset is inetended to be worn under cothing whereas a bodice goes overtop.
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« Reply #104 on: November 02, 2004 04:32:06 PM »


That's Awesome!! Thanks for posting!! I was thinking of making a duct tape one...  Shocked
But i dont know about it and stuff... but thanks!!!
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« Reply #105 on: November 28, 2004 07:46:55 AM »

I've made a couple of corsets. We've been using custommade patterns, but if you're relatively small I bet you can use Simplicitys vintagepatterns.
You can also make a pattern out of an old t-shirt and ducktape (not sure about the spellng there)and a friend you trust to see you in stupid situations.

Anyway. You simply put on the t-shirt (preferrably a tight one) and then you have your friend wrap you in ducktape from beneath the breasts and as far down as you'd like. When you're ready you simply cut it open (with a bit of causion of course) in the front.
You then have to split it into two parts. Then you take one of those parts and split it into 4, and there you have your pattern.
Just remember to curve the parts in the waistline.
This will make a nice corset for clubbing, but not for waisttraining, but I suppose waisttraining is a completely other forum Smiley
When you sew it, make sure to make it in at least 4 layers. Some really stiff fabric inte the middle, a nice silk, or pvc or something for the outer layer and soft cotton for the innerlayer.
You could use a zipper in the front with this pattern since it's not supposed to be tightlaced.

Here are som links to different designers for inspiration:

http://amf.addr.com/new_chopping_cart...
http://business.virgin.net/armour.dil...
http://business.virgin.net/armour.dil....
http://www.meschantes.com
http://www.darkgarden.com
http://www.deliciouscorsets.com
http://www.devotioncorsets.co.uk
http://www.goodgirlcorsets.com/catalo... 
http://www.the-ardent-collection.com/...
http://www.hedoniagallery.com
http://www.corsetmaker.com
http://www.corset-manufaktur.de
http://www.onewildeknight.com 
http://www.paulcleather.com 
http://www.puimond.com/index2.html 
http://www.ritualdesigns.com 
http://www.romantasy.com 
http://www.sinisterdesigns.com 
http://www.starkers.com 
http://www.stormyleather.com
http://www.otherwomanwear.com 
http://www.waspcreations.com

and some online shops:

http://www.roisgarden.com 
http://www.vollerscorset.co.uk
http://www.axfords.com 
http://www.absolutecorsets.com 
http://www.staylace.com 
http://www.candsconstructions.com 
http://www.subvisioncorsets.com 
http://www.fairygothmother.co.uk 
http://www.bruteforceleather.com 
http://www.finecraft.com 
http://www.gallerielingerie.com 
http://www.jc-creations.com 
http://www.jurneckacreations.com 
http://www.fetishwear.com 
http://www.rawhidecorsets.com 

and finally, for reference:

http://www.staylace.com
http://www.corsetsjardiniere.com/

Good luck. Hope you'll get something out of all this.
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« Reply #106 on: January 16, 2005 06:17:41 PM »

i can't remember any specific sites off-hand, but the last time i had to make a corset i always found great links through www.costumes.org that's where all us costuming kids find our stuff. shhhh....there should be a link for corsetry that will give you so many links your head will explode! good luck!

oh! and some should have info on measuring. every company does them differently, so find a method you like and stick with it
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« Reply #107 on: January 17, 2005 10:21:00 PM »

All of these sites are really great and the advice it great as well. I had never given much thought of the matter, but now. I am thinking I will. I am a bit  *Ahem* bustier than usual, and i think I will try the duck tape method... Thanks for the new insight and idea! BTW: I love the pics posted! Good work!  Grin
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« Reply #108 on: January 18, 2005 08:43:20 AM »

All of these sites are really great and the advice it great as well. I had never given much thought of the matter, but now. I am thinking I will. I am a bit *Ahem* bustier than usual, and i think I will try the duck tape method... Thanks for the new insight and idea! BTW: I love the pics posted! Good work! Grin

If you're one of us "big busters" I'd recommend that you make an underbust-corset. At least if you're going to use the ducktape-pattern.  Just remember to take som inches off in the back or the lacing won't hold anything in at all. I made that mistake myself with my first attempt, luckily it was for my boyfrined and tightlacing isn't his cup of tea Smiley
Right now I'm making an underbust after a custommade pattern. It has good prospect to make a wonderful fit and I'm just a little bit excited about it Smiley I'll be sure to post pics when it's done.

Good luck!
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« Reply #109 on: January 19, 2005 09:58:43 PM »

Thanx 4 the advice! Grin What do you mean about taking inches off the back... I'm still new to the whole idea of sewing too... LOL! This is truly my first sewing project as well! Did I forget to mentionj that? LOL!
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