Here is a photo of mine and from the fabulously talented seamstress from bridgesonthebody:
|Her beautiful corset....so perfect.|
Earlier the same day (01/22/12)
Well, I'm almost done with my corset and am not too happy with it. I skimped and hurried and didn't order coutil and am paying for it bc the twill I used just has too much give...serves me right. The other issue is that I seem to be squishier than I expected to be, and I can get the corset all the way closed without quite getting the look I had hoped for. Also the stays in front are too long. I realized too late that I can't sit with the long stays, so they need to be cut down. Of course I read this at bridgesonthebody blogspot after I had already purchased the longer front stays.
I used two layers of pink twill and a layer of white printed cotton fabric. The white fabric is a bit sheer and the pink gives a pink glow through the white fabric. I will have to find garter clips that I like -- sadly the wide vintage looking one are no where to be found (except in black).
I ordered my busk and stays from corsetmaking.com, I've put their link in my favorite, they were awesome, particularly since I think I made them crazy changing my order mid way and then getting my package coast to coast in two days.
Now one link I want to recommend is bridgesonthebody.blogspot. This amazingly talented seamstress was the motivation for my sewing this corset. She also organized a sew-along, but I didn't join, having started the project before she started her sew-along. It is an amazing learning resource. The pattern I used was hers.
I'm not going to have time to redo this corset, and will have to be happy with it as is. It does give a nice line but not as tiny a I had hoped, its more the regular me, but like I'm wearing snug jeans.
This was the original pattern. It was an 8.5 x 11 page. I enlarged the pattern onto paper then onto muslin.
This is the first attempt at a paper pattern (and I can't figure out why the underline is on and wont turn off...lol)
I left a wide margin to get a fit.
|The magic box of goodies from the corset supply house.|
|Good tools are always essential, this is my Home Depot awl, perfect for installing part of the busk.|
|This press was a wonderful investment, I could not imagine setting all the 00 grommets by hand with a hammer and tap.|
|You can see the bumps caused by the stretching.|
|I will fix the lumpy bits by stitching the fabric flat.|