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« Reply #260 on: July 20, 2005 08:30:34 AM »

thanks Smiley I hadn't thought about that..


Just out of curiosity, how do you think sewing buttonholes would work, instead of grommets?

Would it just weaken the fabric more?
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« Reply #261 on: July 20, 2005 11:17:58 AM »

thanks Smiley I hadn't thought about that..


Just out of curiosity, how do you think sewing buttonholes would work, instead of grommets?

Would it just weaken the fabric more?

Maybe, maybe not. I think that IF you make buttonholes you should be thorough and use some sturdy fabric beneaht the pvc to make them less elastic.
Thats the struggle with pvc. It's elastic. Normally you'd use fabric with as little elastic as possible in a corset.
 If the back of the fabric (the actual fabric that the plastic is "painted" on) is elastic you have to be very careful to lay out the pattern straight. If not, that will make crinkles in the seams when the corset is ready. It's almost impossible to avoid completely, since the lacing also contributes to crinkeling.
AND if you don't have a teflon-foot on your machine, it's time to get one (ore those teflon-strips you can buy and put on the foot) or the fabric will go one way and your mind another. If you can't afford a teflon foot, you could use bakingpaper instead. Just place it over the fabric and sew, and then pull it away afterwords.

I really don't like sewing in pvc, although I've made a whole lot of things from it, and still do. I usually like the result though Smiley

As soon as I've finished the pvc-corset I'm doing right now I'll post it. (AND I'll post some more pictures if I can get my boyfriend to take the pictures)
We could have a contest. Wich pvc-corset will make it to craftster first?
I'm going away for the weekend, and I won't get the boning to it until at least monday so you have a good chance!

Good luck!
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« Reply #262 on: July 20, 2005 03:07:11 PM »

I think you're gonna beat me =P I haven't even started to cut pieces yet.. I've got some cleaning and organizing to do before I can actually get down to my sewing machine again. Tongue

Thank you for your help! I appreciate it tons
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« Reply #263 on: July 21, 2005 01:34:02 AM »

Ah well. Don't be to sure. I have a tendency to let things go if I can't finish them right away, and I'm doing this other corset for another friend and it has to be finished by the end of july so you still have a chance. On the other hand, the pvc-corsets an order aswell, but I don't think that it has to be delivered until august.
We'll see Smiley

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Have a nice weekend, and I hope that your arceological dig will result in your willing and able sewingmachine! Smiley
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« Reply #264 on: July 21, 2005 07:49:28 PM »

hmm, I made a corset top, with doubled up cable tie boning on the seams, out of black denim. it was my 3rd attempt at the particular pattern. version 1 is just plain ugly, made out of blue cotton and seam binding for the channels (it was Supposed to be a Demo) version 2, which is unboned, wearable, and generally I like it,  looks like this:


in version 3, there are no buttons on the front, and there are inch sized grommets on the back (8 of them per side.) all laced up, it looks fine, but....
1. the boning under my armpit bows out. nothing serious, but I can't figure out if this is a layer of fat/breast or something making it do this. and how can i fix it?
2. i did some size-adjusting based on vr. 2, except now the chest buckles, too. it falls forward, but it wont stay up. it's wierd, because this version is smaller, and it worked fine in vr. 2.
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« Reply #265 on: July 22, 2005 09:59:25 AM »

it's usually pretty easy to tell if it's a layer of fat that's making the boning bow out.. if you can feel the fat pushing it out when you run your fingers over it, then yep..

Otherwise, you might have cut the boning too long. (hey, it happens.. no biggie), all you have to do is open up the channel and trim about 1/2" off, maybe less depending on the severity of the bowing.

It's perfectly possible that you may not have sewed the 2nd and 3rd version exactly the same, or you might have changed the fit of the garment when you did the sizing alterations. Just keep working on fitting it til you get the fit you want.
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« Reply #266 on: July 22, 2005 09:35:34 PM »

thanks. I'm glad the solutions isn't "add more boning" because I'm about ready to kill all those things! whaheelie!
I have to figure out some kind of busk thing cuz I can barely put it on as is, nevermind when it actually fits!
it's just pretty frustrating. I'm glad version 2 turned out, all though I wish it had turned out with boning. A girl posted a waist cincher todayish and she said somehting about interfacing....any thoughts? I may try it...
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« Reply #267 on: July 23, 2005 09:20:25 AM »

interfacing and linings are super duper important.  they add strength and rigidness to your corset, which will also help with the bowing. If you have grommets or buttonholes or a busk, you need interfacing, or some sort of thick, strong fabric. 

A lining is equally important, because it adds some more strength to the overall garment.

People often add a layer of denim or an equally heavy material as well.. For strength. (if you're just making something for fashion, and not really meant for reduction.. this isn't necessarily important)

also something that's really really important is pressing your seams. I know it sounds weird, but it's just one of those things you got to do. I gurantee that it'll make your projects turn out ten thousand times nicer if you take the time to iron the seams and press the seam allowances according to the directions.
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« Reply #268 on: July 24, 2005 07:56:31 PM »

interfacing and linings are super duper important.  they add strength and rigidness to your corset, which will also help with the bowing. If you have grommets or buttonholes or a busk, you need interfacing, or some sort of thick, strong fabric. 

A lining is equally important, because it adds some more strength to the overall garment.

People often add a layer of denim or an equally heavy material as well.. For strength. (if you're just making something for fashion, and not really meant for reduction.. this isn't necessarily important)

also something that's really really important is pressing your seams. I know it sounds weird, but it's just one of those things you got to do. I gurantee that it'll make your projects turn out ten thousand times nicer if you take the time to iron the seams and press the seam allowances according to the directions.
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I used black denim on VR. 3 because of the problems I ad with lining and stuff, so it is strong enough and whatnot, it's just getting the fit right- because there's a lot less leeway then I'm used to! All of a sudden everyone wants me to sew them little purses- which are Not time consuming, unless you're making 10. grr.

I have been pressing seams, except on curves. (lightbulb here) Maybe that's why it doesn't fit on my curves! haha...we'll see, we'll see... 
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« Reply #269 on: July 27, 2005 11:49:36 AM »

This is an idea for boning if any one is interested. 

I'm making a fashion corset and because I was making it out of stretchy material (jogging fleece actually - just for fun) and I wanted to give it some basic structure.  I couldn't find any cable ties (the plastic ones) long enough (without taping them together) as my shirt will end up about 21" long. 

So I used drinking straws.  I just slightly squished one end and jammed it into the end of another (I used three for eash bone) then sewed it flat.  The feed dogs on the sewing machine wont grip it so I just chose the longest stitch and slowly pused it through under the needle. 

I ended up with a long flexibe flat strip of plastic sutible for feather light boning.  ***And it was FREE*** Just raid your local fast food restaurant. 

I found that the thinner the straw the less flexible they were though if the straws you use are brittle they wont work.  The white straws with the colored stripes seem to be best. 

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