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24 Nov 2011 - 13:0474899
Corset construction advice please
ref pic here - close up on back view
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/53552

I am attempting to make a corset from scratch. This is my first..ok call me mad! ^^

Corset savvy guys - I would really appreciate your expert help.

Questions:
1.First off I am trying to figure what is going on at the back of Katys corset design, I have two guesses:
a. There is a fabric expansion panel inside the corset which covers the gap between the lacings? Is this common?
Or
b. She is simply wearing a black cammi or something underneath the corset and it has got scrunched up?

Next question:
2. With all the embelishmants all over this corset it is hard to see where a quick fastener, eg steel busk, could be fitted. So I am wondering, is it possible to have a corset with no fasteners? ie just step into, pull up and then tighten lacings? Is this the way to go with this corset?


24 Nov 2011 - 13:1474900
What a great project! I'm making a corset at the moment, so I'm all fired up on the research XD

1) Yes, that's a modesty panel, it's just a flap of matching fabric that's attached to the inside edge of one back panel and flaps across to cover the lacing gap.

2)If you don't want to put a busk in the front, you don't have to, just seam up the front and insert bones in place of the busk. The important point is to make sure to use much MUCH longer laces at the back so you can open it up wide enough to get on without it all unlacing and bear in mind it's going to take more fuss to lace up all that extra length.

At the top of the front pics you can see the black base doesn't line up in the middle, which makes me think there is either a slit at the top, or it was once a standard corset design, but you're right that with all that bling you're not going to be making use of any busk hidden under there.

Good luck!



Last edited by Amy-Lou (24 Nov 2011 - 13:18)
24 Nov 2011 - 15:1274904
Ah thanks Amy. Modesty panel, thats what its called.

So I will follow that idea then, incorporate a modesty panel.

Front top edge misaligned - yes I also noticed that.. it is even more noticeable in some other pics I have. I think you are right that the base corset originally opened at the front.

Hmmm longer laces, I see.
I will test run the idea when I have my rough put together. I might get away with a lot cuz of my narrow hips.


28 Nov 2011 - 01:4375102
It is possible to make a corset with no busk at the front, you can just sew up the centre front where the busk would go like Amy-Lou said or could make the front two panels one large piece (dunno if I'm explaining it right ^^ and put steel bones in the front. They are quite difficult to put on by yourself and even more so when taking it off.

Dunno if that helps but I've made a corset with out the busk at front (though it has a wooden one intead that you slot into it since it's a 1830's corset) I could show you some pics if it'll help if you want.


28 Nov 2011 - 10:5975110
Thanks Osanpo, since I am having to make the pattern too it wont be a problem to have a centre seam instead of a front opening busk.
Getting in and out of it has been niggling me..since I want to do it up myself. Current thought is to try a hook and eye strip at the back hidden under one of the stud belts, and just use the lacing panel for tightness control. Since my bewbs are essentially part of the costume I might be able to put the corset on back to front and then pull it around - like putting on a bra.
Maybe I can begin making the rough today...


08 Dec 2011 - 17:4775602
Quote Ranma1-2:
Thanks Osanpo, since I am having to make the pattern too it wont be a problem to have a centre seam instead of a front opening busk.
Getting in and out of it has been niggling me..since I want to do it up myself. Current thought is to try a hook and eye strip at the back hidden under one of the stud belts, and just use the lacing panel for tightness control. Since my bewbs are essentially part of the costume I might be able to put the corset on back to front and then pull it around - like putting on a bra.
Maybe I can begin making the rough today...


I have seen some non-front opening corsets have zip openings in the side or hocks and eyes. They will have to be quite strong to take the pull of the lacing up.

I do recommend doing a mock up first as corsets can be very tricky to get the fitting right.


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09 Dec 2011 - 01:1375627
Yep thanks Sephy, currently putting a working rough together. I bought corset hook and eye tape for the fastening. It wont be a tight lace corset. But I intend using three layers of fabric..the outer satin fabric then a layer of some thick linen I have and finally will add a soft lining inside after all the bling has been sewn on. And I am putting some light (nylon type) boning in too. So it might withstand maybe a bit of shaping. Hopefully the two large plushies which sit at the hips will also give the appearence of some extra width where I need it too.

I just couldnt find buckram when I asked at the market for it. They knew what it was but no one had any. So I hope the thick linen I have over will work ok as the stiffening layer...


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