Selene (Corset commission ) - Underworld



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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.

Comments

southafrimike posted on 1 February, 2013 - 08:09
Excellent choice!

naurarwen posted on 1 February, 2013 - 14:01
I'm presuming this is mine. If so then yay!!!!!

Sephirayne posted on 2 February, 2013 - 08:24
@Naurarwen, yes it is ;).

naurarwen posted on 2 February, 2013 - 13:59
Yay *bounces around the room like a mad woman* I love you lots and lots brother/father lol!

EileenSkopnik posted on 3 February, 2013 - 21:36
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

Sephirayne posted on 5 March, 2013 - 16:22
Hi Eileen, thank you ever so much. I'm enjoying working on this project. I hope you have a great week xxx

naurarwen posted on 22 April, 2013 - 14:08
Said it on FB already but wow!! Hot damn!

Sephirayne posted on 23 April, 2013 - 11:51
Thank you hun. Been quite nervous about this especially the design on the front. Hopefully, it will turn out well.

naurarwen posted on 23 April, 2013 - 11:53
I'm sure it will be absolutely awesome. I trust your mad skillz

naurarwen posted on 30 June, 2013 - 15:12
Can I dry hump you right now? It looks amazeballs!!!

Sephirayne posted on 1 July, 2013 - 10:39
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.

DarkElf posted on 13 September, 2013 - 16:52
This looks amazing. Gorgeous work and detailing!

Sephirayne posted on 14 September, 2013 - 23:12
Thank you ever so much ^_^. I'm hoping to get pictures up of the finished corset soon.

Kei Lin Sama posted on 17 September, 2013 - 20:31
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!

Sephirayne posted on 20 September, 2013 - 02:29
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 ^_^

Progress Journal

30th June 2013

Boning and finishing.

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

25th June 2013

Side panels and back part 2

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

5th June 2013

Side panels and back.

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

27th April 2013

All the Straps!

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

22nd April 2013

Corset front detail

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

5th March 2013

Mock up and fitting.

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.