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« on: February 12, 2012 12:21:43 PM »

Made this as a gift for a friend.  It's an 1800's style Victorian corset.  The dress form is the wrong size but my adjustable dress form doesn't shrink down to Kim's size.  It'll look better when it's one someone with the right curves.

Mind the messy costume room.  Now that the corset is done I can set about cleaning it.


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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012 01:27:51 PM »

This is beautiful. Is it steel boned? I love that the lacing is "right", so many people make beautiful corsets and then cheat themselves out of something outstanding by not putting in enough eyelets so the lacing ends up too spaced out. Does it have a modesty panel too?
I need friends like you who make beautiful things like this.... I must admit I do occasionally stalk your projects because your level of craftsmanship is outstanding, and the historical costuming is right up my alley.

« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012 01:42:57 PM »

Awww I'm blushing!  I love being stalked.  Well for matters such as this, if I find you hiding outside my house in the bushes I will pepper spray you!  lol

I never use steel bones tbh.  I hate them.  Maybe I'm a snob but I find them more pain than they're worth and not worth the price.  I used to use "artificial whalebone" that came on a spool and you cut to size, that was fantastic.  It was light, flexible, not at all brittle like the cheap plastic boning you get from fabric stores and it never rusted or developed permanent kinks like I've seen metal do.  I'm a big girl and need a lot of support in my corsets because I tightly cinch mine and I've found no positive difference between the metal and the fake whalebone in that department.

Recently I learned a trick that's made me even give up on the whalebone for a lot of projects - Heavy duty cable ties.  You can find them in home improvement stores, typically around the air conditioner supplies.  Cut them to the length you need and use a candle to melt the edges a bit to smooth them out.  (Don't put them in the flame, just use the heat around it to give them a bit of a softer edge.  It doesn't take much!)  It's SOOOO much cheaper and much more convenient than order boning on line.

An important thing to improve your corsets "support" isn't the boning, it's the interlining.  Use something with low stretch and strength like denim and fasten the bone tape (Or sew bone channels if that's your route) to it.  If you put the stress on the "inner core" of your corset instead of on the lining or fashion fabric it makes a world of difference.

I'm the queen of finding cheaper alternatives sometimes. 


« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2012 06:26:53 AM »

It looks really nice congratulations. I bet you have a very happy friend ^.^

^.^ desire to be you ^.^
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