Costume :Selene
Variant :Corset commission
Source :Underworld
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2013

Costume Photos

Selene Corset preview

Selene ref 1


Costume Information

This is a costume comission for the corset as worn by Selene in Underworld.

This will be a fully steel boned corset made in leather.


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Excellent choice!

by southafrimike on Friday, 1 February, 2013 - 09:09
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I'm presuming this is mine. If so then yay!!!!!

by naurarwen on Friday, 1 February, 2013 - 15:01
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@Naurarwen, yes it is ;).

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 2 February, 2013 - 09:24
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Yay *bounces around the room like a mad woman* I love you lots and lots brother/father lol!

by naurarwen on Saturday, 2 February, 2013 - 14:59
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Hello lovely :D Woooow, I am sure you are going to make the corset beautifully ^_^ can't wait to see it when it's done :) The owner will be over the moon with it I'm sure!!!
Hope you've been so well dearest. Wishing you a nice rest of the weekend & sending you many hugs and all the best xxxxx <3 <3 <3

by EileenSkopnik on Sunday, 3 February, 2013 - 22:36
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Hi Eileen, thank you ever so much. I'm enjoying working on this project.

I hope you have a great week xxx

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 5 March, 2013 - 17:22
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Said it on FB already but wow!! Hot damn!

by naurarwen on Monday, 22 April, 2013 - 15:08
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Thank you hun. Been quite nervous about this especially the design on the front. Hopefully, it will turn out well.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 - 12:51
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I'm sure it will be absolutely awesome. I trust your mad skillz

by naurarwen on Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 - 12:53
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Can I dry hump you right now? It looks amazeballs!!!

by naurarwen on Sunday, 30 June, 2013 - 16:12
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Go for it XD. I hope it works with the rest of the costume and it fits. Can't wait to see you in it.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 1 July, 2013 - 11:39
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This looks amazing. Gorgeous work and detailing!

by DarkElf on Friday, 13 September, 2013 - 17:52
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Thank you ever so much ^_^. I'm hoping to get pictures up of the finished corset soon.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 15 September, 2013 - 00:12
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That corset looks expertly made. Even though it's made of shiny leather (a difficult material which must be quite unforgiving), it looks flawless.

Do you write any tutorials? Your paperclip trick is very clever!

by Kei Lin Sama on Tuesday, 17 September, 2013 - 21:31
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Thank you ever so much Kei Lin Sama.

I haven't thought about writing any tutorials re my leather work but if there is enough interest I would be happy to write some ^_^

by Sephirayne on Friday, 20 September, 2013 - 03:29


Boning and finishing. (Posted 30th June 2013)

All the main body sewing is complete. Just added in a couple more boning channels to give it the right shape. The bottom of the corset is then sealed. I then selected some pre-cut pieces of boning. A couple of pieces weren't quite long enough so I cut some from my continuous steel stock.

When all the boning is in place I then sealed the top seam. Both are then sealed with bias trim.

I finally finish with putting in the eyelets and treading the lacing.

Photo ©EJ Sephirayne

Side panels and back part 2 (Posted 25th June 2013)

Due to a accident while sewing the second side panel I had to replace some panels. This delayed me slightly but I was able to remake them just fine.

Below is one of the finished sides with back piece. It needs the front adding, final couple of boning channels, eyeletts and then finishing with trims.

Photo ©EJ Sephirayne

Side panels and back. (Posted 5th June 2013)

Once the straps were ready I began with the back panels. I'm doing a method in which I am attaching the lining and leather together in one seam. This method helps keep a good match with the outer and inner but also allows me to strengthen the boning channels.

I started from the back to the front. As I'm going along I'm adding the straps and boning channels.

‡Top Tip for working with Leather‡
As its not recommended to use pins when working working with leather (unless you are going to sew over the pin holes) I use large paper clips. You can find them in most stationary stores. I use the large metal ones as they have the best grip. See picture below.

Photo ©EJ Sephirayne

All the Straps! (Posted 27th April 2013)

All the updates at once! Yes, I ended up a bit behind updating this. I have done quite a bit since I last posted.

Prior to all the panels being put together I needed to set up the straps. I was lucky to find the exact buckles locally so I was able to work with them straight away. Each strap was carefully measured out, cut and then finished with a straight seam. The buckle was then added.

Photo ©EJ Sephirayne

Corset front detail (Posted 22nd April 2013)

The fitting was a success. Minor adjustments were done to the length and then it was on the main construction.

As this is a leather corset I decided to do each section carefully as you can only sew leather once. One of those sections was the front detail.

The design is based on Celtic knot work so I drew out the design on paper first after researching ref images. Checked sizing and look before doing a test run in a scrap piece of leather. We needed to decide which look would work best. After chatting to the customer it was decided that the centre design should be sewn rather than scoured onto the leather.

Happy with the design I then put the front sections together (both the leather and the lining). This would give me good stability while sewing the design.

Due to the leather's softness (I'm using Italian Calf leather to get the closet match) and the intricate nature of the design I'm sewing it in stages. The pictures shows one side of the design being worked on.

Photo ©EJ Sephirayne

Mock up and fitting. (Posted 5th March 2013)

With a corset like this its important to do a mock up and fitting first. Because of the design it will need to be quite close to the body.

I drew out and set up a mock for the customer to try on. Adjustments were then made. Once the customer was happy with the fitting I then adjusted the pattern pieces ready for the actual corset pieces.

I did the mock up in a hard wearing fabric that was a close match the the weight and stiffness of leather. That way I would know how it was going to sit.