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« on: April 28, 2011 07:05:04 PM »

Hey craftsters,
I'm going to a costume party and the theme is Burlesque. I have seen some really amazing costumes on websites, but I would really love to make my own, I just have no idea how to start! I have only been sewing for two months, but I haven't made anything other than a simple shift dress and a pair of leggings.
I really want my costume to look something like any of these: http://shop.costumedirect.com.au/store/costume-ideas/burlesque-cancan-costumes/
although I think this one is my favourite: http://shop.costumedirect.com.au/store/womens-costume.html

I know I'm setting my sights high, but I really want to challenge myself and make an amazing costume because I want to win best dresses- the prize is $500!
Can anyone help to give me some direction? Thanks.
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2011 11:43:11 PM »

Try this pattern: http://sewingpatterns.com/sub_item.php?item_num=2851SIM&model=%&new_category=&view=gallery&brand=&category=search&pageGoto=0&pageFormat=2|296|296&pageCount=1000&search=costumes&return=yes

and pick any overbust corset pattern you like.

You can get tights like that from sockdreams.com, and I know Hot Topic sell mini top hats.
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2011 02:40:28 PM »

The http://www.lafnmoon.com/dvd1.html laughing moon corset pattern has a dvd that you can buy with it, might be helpful for a beginner. But beware, you'll need patience, on a scale of 1-10 corset making is around 8 or 9!

« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2011 03:32:01 PM »

I'm going to assume you don't have hundreds of dollars and months of time....

You're pretty much going to need a corset or bustier of some sort. You might be better off buying a simple one and improving on it. You only need the outside to look good so you may be able to add more channels for boning and/or replace the cheapo boning with good stuff to get it to function like a more expensive, proper corset. Then add lace or what not to make it fabulous. I have had luck with this kind of thing at places like Ross & Burlington Coat Factory, if you have anything like that in your area. Also, try Ebay.

If you want to try making a corset, here are a couple of commercial patterns I might suggest and why:
Haven't used this one but I think I'll get it because of the many, thin panels. Fewer panels in a corset mean the curves at the bust are more dramatic & harder to sew. (You end up with one curving in, one curving out & you have to make them fit. It's lots of pinning, practice and frustration.) Also, it's finished with binding. These styles are easier (though more time consuming), particularly if you want to add lace or maybe even a feather boa.

Same reasons as above, though this has a different front that I'm not sure about.

For the skirt, the Simplicity pattern suggested by by dropdeadred77 (Simplicity 2851), I've done that pattern myself. (I did A, though I can see that B would be similarly constructed. If you went for it, I'd be happy to try to help you out with it.) I would suggest you do a mock up (practice) with a cheapo thrifted sheet, first as there will be several new techniques.

There's also Simplicity 2535 for a burlesque costume. I don't really know anything about this one, though. Looking at it, you would get much shaping/support from the bustier portion but I think its do-able with your modest sewing experience.

Hope that helps. Good luck.

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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011 05:29:41 PM »

Oh my goodness, you were all right, corset making is SO hard!

I actually did just buy one and improve upon in- I bought the one called "black fitted velvet corset" =ALL&search_subcategories=0&submit=Search!]http://shop.costumedirect.com.au/index.php?action=search&search=black+velvet+corset&search_in[cat_id]=ALL&search_subcategories=0&submit=Search!

I added some lace around the hem, I laced a better, more sturdy beautiful soft pink ribbon and I added a run ruffled fish tail at the back!
It looks really good so far, hopefully i'll be able to put some pictures up here.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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