Making corset dresses

If your making a corset for corset training purposes you’ll find that almost any corset pattern can be customized to use for a tight lacing corset. However, if you plan to make a corset dress you’ll find it both harder to find a sewing pattern and harder to find a customizable corset pattern.

Firstly I’d like to say that for the purpose of waist training a corset dress isn’t really suitable, at least not for everyday wear, an underbust is still the most suitable tight lacing corset as it allows the most freedom of movement. If you have a party coming up though, or another special occasion, a corset dress is perfect.

You’ll want an overbust corset pattern (unless you intend to wear something under the dress) that comes down over the hips ideally. Decide how long you want the skirt of the dress i.e. above the knees, over the knees. Work out how much length you need to add to the bottom of the pattern. Now decide on the flair you want (how large a circle the bottom edge makes). Now use dressmakers pattern paper to extend each pattern piece down and out from about where your top hip line is (roughly the level of your hip bone).

Tomorrow I’ll go over the ideal material for corset dresses.

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Corsets and Haute Couture

A book of high fashion by Dior this is hot off the press and a must have if your fashion obsessed like me. There are some nice corseted pieces as u can see here in this magazine article I came across. But the whole book is in French so if your not multilingual your buying it for the pictures only, which to be honest is enough in this case!

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Samantha’s Bustles

Having launched the printable patterns now its so nice to start seeing your finished garments. Theres nothing more thrilling then getting photos of your creative interpretations of my patterns. This week I was sent some beautiful photos by Samantha of two bustles she has made from the Pandora Bustle pattern.

 

Here is a picture but you can see better ones in the corset photo gallery. Lovely!

 

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Compendium Pattern: Straight-Topped Overbust from the Modern Collection (slight modification; two front panels into three)

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Mr Pearl – France – age 43 – 18 inch waist – 5ft 8in tall

Mr Pearl, corsetier to the stars

Mr Pearl, corsetier to the stars

 

 

“My work is not about being fashionable. I do not follow fashion at all. I’m interested in an ideal, a kind of expression of elegance, which really has nothing to do with fashion.”


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The infamous Mr Pearl has an 18-inch corseted waist and wears his corset 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except to bath. But his work as a ‘Corsetier’ or maker of corsets is what really skyrocketed him to fame and glory.

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Mr Pearl is arguably the most amazing Corsetier in existence, his works of art can take several months each to construct. He has made corsets for designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, John Galliano, Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Antonio Berardi and Christian Lacroix. And for famous ladies like Kylie Minogue, Dita Von Tease and Jerry Hall.

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“It was Mr Pearl who laced Posh Spice into her wasp-waisted Vera Wang wedding dress, created Mugler’s more extreme and infamous metal biker corsets, and more recently tied Sophie Dahl into the ballet-shoe pink corset dress of Gaultier’s spring/summer 2001 collection.”

The Independent, 24th Nov 2001, Forrest, Emma E

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The infamous Mr Pearl is the alter ego of Mark Pullin, he started tightlacing at age 30, after seeing a photograph of Fakir Musafar:

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Fakir Musafar waist size 19inch nineteen inches 1959 and perfect gentleman

Fakir Musafar

Fakir Musafar’s artistic self-portraiture - ‘nineteen inches’ 1959 and ‘perfect gentleman’ also 1959

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Mark Pullin was born in South Africa, he was the eldest son of an English toolmaker, Neil, and a half-English, half-Dutch mother, Yvette. He has a brother , Grant, a motorcycle mechanic. His parents split up when he was three, when he moved in with his grandparents Hetty and Ruben Searle.

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“My grandmother wore corsets so I became fascinated by them,” he said. “They were always salmon-pink. She used to let me lace her up. It took a long time as there were lots of eyelets and laces, but it was a great treat.”

Mail on Sunday, 03 April 2005,  Collcutt, Deborah


Pressure to conform led to a 2 year marriage to a South African actress, after which he moved to London, creating his alter-ego Mr Pearl and setting up shop as a corsetier in 1994. He moved to Paris in 2002 where he now works in the romantic setting behind Notre Dame Cathedral, designing unique pieces for couture houses. He refuses to use any form of modern technology, and their are few photos of him or his work – outside of catwalk and fashion shoots that is.

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An exquisit example of Mr Pearl’s hand sewn sequined Corsets:

mr Pearl sequinned corset

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Mr Pearl’s Metal ‘Biker’ Corsets for Thierry Mugler, later worn by Beyonce:

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Beyonce Thierry Biker Corset

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The Sophie Dahl Gaultier dress spring/summer 2010 made by Mr Pearl:

Sophie Dahl Gaultier dress by mr pearl

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And Finally, Dita Von Tease in one of her personal Mr Pearl corsets, (and I think we all agree she’s a lucky lucky girl):

dita von tease in mr pearl corset


“Corsetry is the deepest, most intimate, most enhancing possibility physically and I’m fascinated by this. Corsetry presents endless, almost unobtainable, possibilities, it could always be tighter, more beautiful, longer in the front. The limit is physical – outward appearances are endless.” Mr Pe

Dita in Gaultier’s a/w 2010 catwalk

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