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Added May 19, 2011

by Ruffles Gazebo

Adelaide, Australia






During the term holidays, I went over to Adelaide, and did a three day corsetry course at Tafe SA.
Fitted and drafted one corset to ourselves, using either an overbust, or underbust pattern. I drafted the pattern with a sweetheart neckline, each side has 4 panels, and 4 steal bones, as well as the bucks, and two supporting white steal strips to support the grommets. There are 13 grommets at the back, and it requires 6m of ribbon! (although i used velet ribbon….looks good, but is quite difficult to put tight when your doing it on your own) and when done up should have an even 4cm gap running down the back.

The corset takes 4 inches off my natural waist (oohh-la-la!) and is three layers thick (fashion layer, coutil, and lining). Im quite a fan of the lining, but unfortunately a good corset should not be worn inside out, as it will damage and potentially break the steal bones. The edges are binded by hand….blerg, that took far too long! At first i was a bit skepticle about the fabric, but im very happy with how it turned out. Next time i use fabric with a print, i might try and make it continuous all the way around.

overall, totally worth doing the course, and im in love with this corset and want to wear it all the time! The only thing about the course was, i was much quicker than everyone else, and was the only one who completely finished by the end of the three days…..becayse i kind of had too, because i couldnt come back when the teacher had other classes the next week, i had to fly off home!

The best part about taking these photos, is that i found a full length reading of alice in wonderland and used my parents grammaphone for the first time. It was incredible.

P.s. aren’t my babes bitchin’?

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Material Notes

quilting fabric as fashion layer
steal boning
white steal
velvet ribbon




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Aug 15, 2012, 01.45 AMby MissCorsetLizz

    Well Done!!! Love the shaping around the waistline :-) Great fabric :-D

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    May 20, 2011, 01.19 PMby mandrych

    What a great project..and it looks really incredible on you.

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    May 20, 2011, 10.18 AMby VintageFusion

    oh wow. This corset is bitching.

    i want to do the course but then would i be fast enough to finish it within 3 days probably not if i had to bind by hand etc … might just wait.. apparently CIT (canberra’s tafe) is changing their corsetry course that is usually done in the fashion degree to a night class :D

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      May 20, 2011, 09.36 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

      oh yes! i no i no!!! i really wanted to do it but it had already started so i ran over to adelaide and stayed with the grandrents! you should definately do it! i really want to do their milinry course as well, although i think they are changing th structure around a bit

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    May 20, 2011, 09.34 AMby carolyn-s

    Hehe, yeah! I have this picture in my head of Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, with Mammy behind her puling at those corset strings, if she’d had a front opening I guess she could have done it herself!

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    May 20, 2011, 02.58 AMby carolyn-s

    This is so awesome, love it!! Fab. U. Lous!! The fabric choice is gorgeous. I didn’t realise it had catches up the front from the "on"pictures… fits you beautifully!

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      May 20, 2011, 03.11 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      haha, it would be far too difficult to take on and off without the busk at the front! its already hard enough as it is!

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    May 19, 2011, 08.28 PMby tinybows

    wow, incredible!

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    May 19, 2011, 05.21 PMby redslippers

    looks so well made- am very inspired!!

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    May 19, 2011, 05.12 PMby Lucha Suarez

    What a great corset! The fabric choice is perfect!

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    May 19, 2011, 05.09 PMby Tokie Ang

    this is fabulaos!! wish u have the pattern to learn..^^

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    May 19, 2011, 04.55 PMby assets

    4 Inches off!!! Oh my well done I love love love this corset. I have wanted to make one for years I have to look into trying a course.

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    May 19, 2011, 02.27 PMby wzrdreams

    Uh, yeah!!! So very impressed over here.

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    May 19, 2011, 01.23 PMby carottesauvage

    Sososos…sso phitsicated!!!

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    May 19, 2011, 01.02 PMby wildflower31

    Gorgeous! and the photos too!

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    May 19, 2011, 10.17 AMby janul

    wow, your waist looks so tiny in that corset! Love it, and the gramophone too! :)

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      May 20, 2011, 04.38 AMby geewillakers

      ..and the alice too!
      beautiful corset!!

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    May 19, 2011, 09.30 AMby laken

    I really really love that fabric, gorgeous corset!

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      May 19, 2011, 10.03 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      the funny thing about it is, that i found it in the little boys quilting fabric section alongside bob the builder etc…

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      May 22, 2011, 08.12 AMby laken

      hah, interesting choice of placement… but it does give me hope that I can find the perfect fabric yet… (I have a design in my mind, but am fairly non-artistic so can’t create it myself…)

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      May 22, 2011, 08.12 AMby laken

      hah, interesting choice of placement… but it does give me hope that I can find the perfect fabric yet… (I have a design in my mind, but am fairly non-artistic so can’t create it myself…)

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    May 19, 2011, 09.28 AMby magdamagda

    awesome corset! fabric is fab and so is the grammaphone!;)

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    May 19, 2011, 08.26 AMby ajtak7171

    Oh WOW, fa-bu-lous!!! Love, love, love it. What an amazing corset, and what great fabric!

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    May 19, 2011, 08.18 AMby urbandon

    Great look. Perfectly made. Bitchin’!.

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