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Topic: Making Your Own Corset?  (Read 301728 times)
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« Reply #510 on: June 03, 2006 12:50:50 AM »

Okay, I gave in and just ordered a corset from work.  I think I will be happy with it for my LARP costuming needs until I can make one I like myself.  Here's a link: http://www.dreamgirldirect.com/catalog/2006-2007/contemporary_corsets.html. It's The purple and black "Marie Antoinette" style.  It fits well.  It's not perfect, but more than suitable for my needs.  I paid $44.94.
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« Reply #511 on: June 05, 2006 05:15:18 PM »

i've read through most of this...i'm sooo inspired!  i'm picturing something maybe in brocade, with hook and eye tape closure in the front, hm, i hope this will be sturdy enough and not pull the fabric too much, and grommet tape in the back.  i've never worked with the grommet tape, i did make a corset-inspired vest top from the simplicity[?] junior line years ago and put the grommets in by hand, what a pain!!!  they fell out, i ended up going around each individual one with embroidery thread to help hold them in.  [you know what, i never wore it!  it's not even completely finished, but reading this made me dig it out of the half-done pile and try it on and i think i have a new obsession, haha.]  i've also made a halloween costume with that kind of a general shape/style/with boning, so i know a little of what i'm getting myself into, but i'm still a bit intimidated!  i'm going to attempt the duct tape pattern on myself.  i like this idea over a bought pattern so it truly fits.  just in case i haven't mentioned it [and i know i have, haha] I LOVE CRAFTSTER!!!  i'll be sure to post when i'm done...and quite likely before that if i run into any trouble.  i love getting excited about a new project! 

*edit* - so i changed my plan...going the store-bought pattern route.  looked for simplicity 9769, but it was only available in the larger size [which actually might've been okay, now that i think about it, both that and the smaller one will need adjusting]  anyway, i went with #5726.  no fabric yet, waiting for a joann sale or coupon.  i'm going to order one of these handy dandy <a href="http://store.corsetmaking.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=S5726Kit&Category_Code=K">kits</a> from delicious/corsetmaking.com.  meanwhile i'm making a practice one to try for size etc. out of some canvas i had lying around.     
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« Reply #512 on: June 07, 2006 05:04:03 PM »

Does anyone have a bic of how the back should be laced?  I just bought my second handmade corset from the lovely Longtailedblackbird http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=10101.  She des custom corsets to your size, just ask.

But I'm unsure how to lace it.  She has it laced top to bottom but there are probably 10' of lace left (from each bottom grommet).

Should it be laced to the center?

Also, is there an easy way to lace it/tighten it ones self?  Do I put it on with the bust done up and laces loose then reach back and tug the string until it is tight?

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« Reply #513 on: June 08, 2006 07:17:15 AM »

Kristen, to make a waist it's good to lace it so from top to middle and from bottom to middle so you have to big hoops to pull. There are a number of different ways to lace. I usually make crosses over each 4 grommets, but that depends of course on how many pairs there are. In the middle 4 you don't make a cross, but pull it up and put it down on the same side (to make hoops).
I hope I made this clear....

I found a pic Smiley Like this: http://ewa.ufomagnet.com/bilder/k_IMGP6920.jpg

Congrats on a great corset. Smiley
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« Reply #514 on: June 08, 2006 11:09:03 AM »

Hey! I found this GREAT video.
It explains exactly what I was trying to say about lacing.


Good luck!

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« Reply #515 on: June 08, 2006 02:24:04 PM »

thanks so much for posting that video link!  that's very helpful. 
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« Reply #516 on: June 10, 2006 11:02:02 AM »

hi ladies...i'm in need of some of you expert-corset-markers' advice!  so i made my practice one...no front closure, i just used safety pins [i hope i judeged accurately where those should go], and never having worked with a busk before i'm not quite sure how that will affect the finished product.  also, it is not lined, my real one will be, probably with two layers?...there will surely be more questions later!...and, i would like to make it longer.  just a bit, but again, i don't know if that would work since the busk is a certain length, etc.  anyway!  i took some [bad] pictures to show the basic fit.  as you can see, the bust is much too big!  this is braless, but even with it was huge.  i'm not sure how i will be wearing it, alone or over something...  i cut the whole thing out in size 12...by measurement i should be size 10 in the bust, 14 in the waist, and 16 in the hips.  well i think the 10 would STILL be too big in the bust, and the 14/16 definitely much too big, so i'm kind of glad i tried it this way.  please let me know what you think, and how to go about adjusting it to fit, if possible!  should i just take in those front couple pieces?  all of them a tiny bit?  hmmm...  by the way, the back is laced completely shut [that picture didn't turn out].  with one less eyelet than the pattern calls for, whoops.  please pardon the pics, i didn't want to offend anyone with near-nudity and bathroom clutter!  **edited to adjust moster pic size, sorry!...now it smushed them all weird.  argh.**

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« Reply #517 on: June 10, 2006 04:40:55 PM »

I think you've got a nice curve to it, but the red side panels in the front (well the ones you see on the upper pic) could probably go a lot smaller over the bust.
I think that's the main problem.
About lengthening...buy a longer busk? Or put the busk you bought in, but with extra steele (longer than the busk) in the front next to the busk.
If you don't want it to be laced shut, take an inch off the back panels.

This is so hard since I don't even know what to call everything and make my point, but I hope You've gotten something out of all this.

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« Reply #518 on: June 10, 2006 10:42:44 PM »

Have you already put the boning in? If not, just take the bust in slightly at the seams until it's right. Then mark however much you took off on the pattern so you know for when you cut the lining fabric.

OK, that was grammatically incorrect (horrifically so  Shocked), but I hope I made a bit of sense. Smiley

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« Reply #519 on: June 14, 2006 06:30:47 PM »

okay, i pulled in that entire bust seam all the way down, another 1/4 inch and then did kind of a dart down to 3" from the top.  helps...but the whole top is still very gappy! if i pull it in much more that panel will pretty much disappear!  i guess it's more obvious with the contrasting panels and might be okay in all one fabric [similar to <a href="http://www.houseofworship.ca/fabrics/black_silver_blossoms.html">this</a>, just f.y.i.]  i installed the busk in the practice one to get a feel for how it would work out.  now if i lace it shut it's very tight [i guess they're not supposed to be completely shut?...either way is fine.]  now a question about lining it...the pattern does not call for it...i saw a few people mentioned they use two layers of lining, so do i construct each layer [once i finally perfect it!] and then put the boning in the middle layer?  busk in the top layer and grommets through all three, if i'm imagining this correctly...  is that right?  sigh.  i think for now i'll try to do a darty thing on the other side of that front red panel.  my camera batteries are dead, but maybe once i get some more i'll take another pic.  thank you for your replies, both made sense to me  : ]     
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