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« Reply #970 on: September 17, 2009 02:48:39 PM »

thanks. I put something in just to make sure. Is there anything I can use instead of grommets for the test one ?.

I found these on ebay. Would these do for a underbust.

 
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SIZE 24 BRASS SAIL EYELETS c/w TURNOVER RINGS

THESE REQUIRE A 10mm HOLE

Minimum Internal Diameter after closing      8.89mm

Overall Length    6.35mm

Flange Diameter  17.45mm
Flange Thickness     0.79mm
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« Reply #971 on: September 17, 2009 09:09:54 PM »

That seems big to me.  You may want to find something sized 0 or 00.  When  I started I got a kit like this and it was really cheap.  Just picked it up at the local hardware store, and it lasted me a really long time.  Until I was making enough corsets that I bought a tabletop press for grommets, actually. 

Something useful I've done, and seen recommended elsewhere, is to just take a couple strips of fabric heavy fabric (twill or something), sew them up like it's the back end of a corset, add bones and grommets.  Then whenever you do a mock up you can just sew your pre-grommeted strips in and see how it fits without having to waste grommets and time setting them for a demo project over and over.

(but if you're in the UK they may be called eyelets there.  In either case, make sure you get the kind with two parts- the front with the flange, and the flat back.  the one part kind pop out if you look at them funny)
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« Reply #972 on: September 18, 2009 01:12:00 AM »

The tape thing is a good idea. I may have a shufti at it:).  I wasn't sure about the size of them. We have a homebase here which is about as hardware ish as it gets so I was thinking of taking a trip up there to see if they had anything.   I seem to recall that Eyelets and Grommets are different things in the technical world, prob exacly the same thing in practicality but
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« Reply #973 on: September 18, 2009 03:31:12 AM »

Grommets in the UK are plastic/PVC and the metal grommets  that are what you call Grommets are called Eyelets to us
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« Reply #974 on: September 18, 2009 08:59:45 AM »

yeah, I knew there was some kind of US to UK disconnect there.  Here, grommets are the two part metal ones, and eyelets are the one part metal where you just smash the back and it splits open to stay on.  Our eyelets look awful from behind, usually fray the hell out of your laces, and pop out easy.  But what you call eyelets are the same as what we call grommets.

The sizes are the same, though, so far as I know.  I've heard of people using presses like the HomePro 0 and 00 dies (which I use, and most of the North American corset supply places sell) with Vena Cava eyelets from the UK without issue.  You can use either size.  Personally, I generally go by the size of the corset I'm making since being larger myself I feel like teensy little grommets only make me look bigger, and I prefer something more substantial.  But when I'm making something for someone with a 20" waist and I use the larger ones I think it looks like the grommets take over the whole back.  But it doesn't really matter, that's just my preference.
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« Reply #975 on: September 18, 2009 10:29:55 AM »

I'm trying to imagine having a 20" waist lol. I'm a hefty wench with a 32"

Now then our eyelets are one part metal with teeth that you bash in and our grommets are two parts that you press but I was only able to find them in plastic. I may have to rethink

 I went shopping this afternoon and went to every hard/homeware store in the area and have never seen so many little gaping fly impressions in my life!!. I think I'll end up ordering online and praying that the entire postal service doesn't decide to strike and they might actually arrive before my birthday (oct 1) so I can make a proper one to go out in. How many would you say needed per corset ?
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« Reply #976 on: September 18, 2009 12:34:03 PM »

figure about one per every inch length of the back, on each side.  You can space them a little bit further, but I wouldn't go more than an inch and a half.  (that's from the center of the eyelet to the center of the next one, not edge to edge.)  It would depend on your height and how high the back was.
(oh, and the 20" waist was for a girl who is all of 4'10", so she's overall a very tiny person, but not frighteningly emaciated or anything- it's the zebra print one in my profile.)
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« Reply #977 on: September 18, 2009 01:40:02 PM »

figure about one per every inch length of the back, on each side.  You can space them a little bit further, but I wouldn't go more than an inch and a half.  (that's from the center of the eyelet to the center of the next one, not edge to edge.)  It would depend on your height and how high the back was.
(oh, and the 20" waist was for a girl who is all of 4'10", so she's overall a very tiny person, but not frighteningly emaciated or anything- it's the zebra print one in my profile.)

 thanks for the advice. The back is 8".

 4'11" the dear me and I worry about my own lack of inches at 5'1" on a good day with the wind behind me. I do like the zebra print one. I'm aiming for a black and white striped one with  lilac roses
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« Reply #978 on: September 23, 2009 08:11:05 PM »

Boning?  I know that this is used to keep the corest up and to help it keep shape, but is there anything CHEAPER!?  You need so much of it, its expensive, AND it seems to ruin it.  TO sew it, there's visible seams on the front, which I don't want.  Any ideas?
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« Reply #979 on: September 25, 2009 11:28:01 AM »

Boning?  I know that this is used to keep the corest up and to help it keep shape, but is there anything CHEAPER!?  You need so much of it, its expensive, AND it seems to ruin it.  TO sew it, there's visible seams on the front, which I don't want.  Any ideas?

Boning isn't always too expensive - you can get it from Farthingale's for like $1.50 or $2.00 per yard.  Not sure much is a lot cheaper than that.  You can always go for nylon boning, but that is often at least $2 a yard and is not very effective.

I'm not sure what you mean by boning ruining a corset - it's necessary in order for the garment to function as a corset.  You'll want to make sure you use fabrics that are heavy, either by their nature or stiffened with some interfacing, so the garment can support the boning.

If you don't want the boning channels to be visible from the front of the corset (I think that's part of the neat structure and charm of a corset - all of the seams and stitching lines, but everyone's different in their preferences Smiley) you can put your boning into the lining of your corset.  That way, you only see your seams from the front of the corset, and no extra stitching lines.  I don't think the corset would be as sturdy if you do it this way vs. putting both layers together to make a channel, but it would achieve the look you want.  Smiley

Either way, the shape of a corset is made by having many separate pieces (and thus many seams), so there's not really a way of eliminating seam lines from a corset in general. 
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