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Topic: A Corset I'd be Happy With if it Fit  (Read 6233 times)
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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2011 11:05:24 PM »

I absolutely love the shinyness of the fabric you used. Even if you think you overdid the flossing it looks great with it! Congrats.

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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2011 07:10:43 AM »

It's really lovely! I love the flossing you did on it, and it looks great from the front. I'm sure the gap in the back isn't as bad as you think it is. If nothing else, it was good practice, right?
I just checked, the modesty panel is actually 6.5" wide, and I have some trouble getting it closed just that much!  I'd drafted it hoping to get decent waist reduction, but I'd started it before reading Cathy Hay's "pint glass to hour glass" post on the corsetmakers livejournal group (http://community.livejournal.com/corsetmakers/1924914.html,) so it hadn't occurred to me to account for displacement.  The muffin top effect is pretty bad.  (I haven't gotten up the nerve to post there yet, but I do read it obsessively!)

I'm not sure why it hadn't occurred to me that boning it heavily would cause that accordion effect that makes it smaller.  I guess most of the experts use real boning, so it isn't as much of an issue.  Comparing the cable ties to other boning, they're quite significantly thicker than anything else I have.  I'd kinda figured that they couldn't be thicker than spiral steels because somehow I imagined that spiral steels would have to have more thickness to them then they do.. but then my spiral steel arrived yesterday and even that is significantly thinner than the cable ties.  But I'd imagine that with the possible exception of the lightweight flat steel, it'd be at least a bit of an issue.  I wonder if there's any way of getting a ballpark estimate on how much of an effect on size the boning will have, I'm not really sure how I should account for it in planning. I've never heard of any kind of formula to account for a ballpark figure on how much the accordion effect around bones will decrease the total circumference. 
From what I've been reading, just the type of boning can have a pretty big impact on fit, especially between flat steels and spirals.  I've been assuming that cable ties would behave more like flats, but I might be wrong in that.  The hardest thing about corsets is that everything is repeated so many times around the outside, tiny differences multiply.

I'm still using practice materials, so really nothing besides the busk was particularly expensive, I've had some lucky fabric finds.  I would be able to call it much better practice if I knew how to prevent the same thing from happening next time, though! (Anyone have any ideas?) This is the first one I've managed that doesn't have any significant wrinkles when I put it on; that was the exciting part. 

« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2011 12:42:33 PM »

Maggiedoll c'mon and post all the pics you've got. Even if the spillage is as bad as you say someone might have a really good idea for fixing it. Your corset is so pretty and fresh; you deserve to wear it. Also definitely post to the corset group. You just know that everyone there has seen/done this at some point.
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2011 04:15:39 PM »

I'm taking pictures in front of the mirror, it's a minor miracle that I can even get them from the front!

I know that to get significant waist reduction, I need to add ease around the top, since when you reduce the waist the mass has to go somewhere..  but I don't think there's any way to add to this one, short of cutting slits and adding gores.   Even not fitting, I like it too much to risk it!  Maybe once I have some more experience I'll try. 

The thing I'm not sure how to do is account for how the boning affects the final size, before putting the corset together.  I don't want to just add ease without having a better idea of how much and where.  And it would change with any different type of boning.  I'm not quite sure why it doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere.. or maybe it is and I've missed it.   I guess it wouldn't happen if I were using separate bone casing.. but I haven't done that yet either. 

The last couple days I've been waylaid by attempts to find clear definitions on the difference between a gusset and a gore.  Hrm, why doesn't craftster have a laughing emoticon?

« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2011 04:59:15 AM »

Maggiedoll > I feel you pain ! I have made 2 corsets before... one was a nightmare to make it fit ! I had to start again many times  Cry I had the opposite problem : my fabric tended to stretch and the corset happened to be too big. Yeah that's a lit bit of hope : the fabric of the corset can stretch a little bit after you have worn it. Is there any chance it will end up the right size ?  Kiss

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« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2011 04:35:18 AM »

That flossing is beautiful! What an elegant corset. I hope you managed to fix the fit issues in the pattern for your next one! I wore my corsets even though they have numerous issues, and it was still great fun. One day I hope to make a corset as elegant as this.
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2011 05:52:26 PM »

Wow! Absolutely beautiful and such technical skill! Its a shame it doesn't fit properly but it's still something to be stupendously proud of! I love the flossing. I want to try flossing on my next corset.

« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2011 10:25:09 AM »

so much work in this!! beautiful xx

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