Cosplayer: Sephirayne

Variant: Corset commission

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

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.

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southafrimike - 1st February 2013
Excellent choice!

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naurarwen - 1st February 2013
I'm presuming this is mine. If so then yay!!!!!

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Sephirayne - 2nd February 2013
@Naurarwen, yes it is ;).

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naurarwen - 2nd February 2013
Yay *bounces around the room like a mad woman* I love you lots and lots brother/father lol!

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EileenSkopnik - 3rd February 2013
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

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Sephirayne - 5th March 2013
Hi Eileen, thank you ever so much. I'm enjoying working on this project.

I hope you have a great week xxx

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naurarwen - 22nd April 2013
Said it on FB already but wow!! Hot damn!

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

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naurarwen - 23rd April 2013
I'm sure it will be absolutely awesome. I trust your mad skillz

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naurarwen - 30th June 2013
Can I dry hump you right now? It looks amazeballs!!!

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Sephirayne - 1st July 2013
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.

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DarkElf - 13th September 2013
This looks amazing. Gorgeous work and detailing!

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Sephirayne - 15th September 2013
Thank you ever so much ^_^. I'm hoping to get pictures up of the finished corset soon.

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Kei Lin Sama - 17th September 2013
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!

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Sephirayne - 20th September 2013
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 ^_^