Added Sep 7, 2012
Underbust corset/waist cinch with boning and lacing up the front and back. my first real sewing project; accomplished with a bit of assembly guidance from a friend. My very best friend in all the world, I should add, and although her participation was marginal, I could not have done half as well as I did without her. Thank you so much!!!
I started making this for my costume for a renaissance fair I was going to, but was unable to finish it in time. Sad, but now I have it for whenever the need to wear a corset arises…
For some reason, I couldn’t get the pattern for Jacci Jaye’s corset to download, so I found another website that actually has directions on how to draft your own pattern. It was a similar style, so I used it with Jacci Jaye’s directions. Obviously, afterwards, there were a lot of “oh I wish I did that this way instead” and “I should have made this part bigger” and “oops, forgot that step” and other stuff like that. Overall, I am very satisfied with the outcome, especially since I have never tried to sew any real piece of wearable garment before, so yay!
I mostly used materials I already had sitting around begging to be used for something: cotton fabric of different colors, cut-off knit lace sleeves, canvas, suede lacing.
For the boning, I used heavy duty cable ties, and they are waaaay more supportive than I had originally thought, which is a good thing. You can also cut them to exactly the right length, so a bonus. I got those, the bias tape, grommets, and ribbon at Wal-mart, so nothing special.
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