In October (you can see previous post) I made a Steampunk costume in five days. This included using a terrible Simplicity pattern to make a corselet that was a complete and utter headache. The pattern itself was super easy, but scaled horribly. I cut it out several sizes too small -- correlating with my desired cinched waist size and the mock up was way too big. Even after I cut down the pattern a great deal I could cinch the darn thing all the way closed with room to go.
I also didn't have on hand an appropriate closure or the really cool metal closures I found on Ebay. As I'm short waisted and wanted an antiqued gold busk I had to order one from a Canadian seller on Etsy because I couldn't find a short enough one anywhere else. Price and shipping were excellent. I also didn't have any coutil and although I lined the pleather with heavy cotton duct fabric there is still give....I'm going to break down and buy some coutil yardage and put it away for when I get suddenly inspired to sew.
I ripped apart the front of the corset where I used hooks and eyes, and then took out about three inches of front material. I inserted the busk, then added the heavy closures which are cosmetic only. Much happier with the whole project.
|The "quick and dirty" much too large, horrible front corselet.|