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« on: January 15, 2014 01:59:49 PM »

I have wanted a corset forever. I think it would be so useful for so many costumes. It's almost impossible for me to find lingerie that fits properly so I've decided to make one. I have a good handle of sewing projects and have come up with a good pattern for the corset I want to make based on the pictures I've found of it online (http://www.agentprovocateur.com/lingerie/corsets-and-basques/info/mercy-corset~black). I've done a lot of research but have a few questions.

My questions are based on materials.
1. Since I'm so small, do I even really need boning or is there a better alternative? I don't necessarily need it to function. I just want it to look pretty and be lightly structured.
2. What would be the best lining? Again, since I don't need a corset to cinch my waist or anything I'm wondering if I really need to put as many layers into it as a traditional corset.
3. I want it to look like a corset and be slimming but I don't have concerns of keeping anything in place. Is a corset really what I need to be researching or is there a better word?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014 12:23:57 PM »

1. Rigiline should be fine if it fits, rather than cinches. If you don't bone at all, it will sag and puddle around your waist the first time you breathe.

2. Cotton cuz it breathes well. Use something with some body, not just broadcloth or muslin. Anything from a good quilting cotton to denim/cotton twill, canvas, or duck cloth. If in the future you decide to make a real corset, go all the way to pillowticking or coutil. Basically, you want something with a tight weave and minimal stretch. If your fashion fabric is flimsy, put the boning channels onto the lining (between the lining and outer layer), and consider underlining the fashion fabric as well.

3. If the look of a corset is what you want, then yes, build a lightly boned corset.

If this were for a one time use costume, you could get away with some shortcuts, but if you want it to last, the phrase 'garbage in, garbage out' comes to mind.

Make a trial run. Don't finish the top and bottom so you can transfer the boning to the real deal. Use a bedsheet or other super cheap fabric for the outside and cut up old jeans for the lining. You're just testing the fit, but you still want it structurally similar to the finished garment.

Sorry if this sounds all serious and snobby, but you'll be really happy with the results if you take your time and use quality materials. A good pattern goes a long way, too. The Simplicity pattern I tried was a disaster (much swearing and eventual throwing of the mock-up across the room) but Truly Victorian's 1880s corset fit right on the first try.

« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014 02:33:59 PM »

The pattern that you like has cups .......
It is hard to make a corset with cups  since  a corset will change your shape but the cups still need to be at the correct place .

Also A corset will flatten the front , so no defined boobs sticking out.

If you really want something with cups you might be better off looking for a bustier pattern .

Try looking for "merckwaerdigh" patterns on ebay .
They have some pretty good ones and they fit great  and you can easilly put in a busk and a lace up back.

And i do agree 100 % with alexus1325 : use good materials  and take your time making mock ups and yes , stuff will be flying around
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