|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.
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.