What’s in it? The curve of a corset? Is it just luck that some girls turn into walking hourglasses when they don a corset, while others tend to get a straight up straight down effect? Or is it a case of how long you’ve been corset training?
Well take it from me that while the smallest waists take years to achieve, the curvy corseted effect should be instant the moment you tighten a good quality corset. The emphasis is definitely on ‘good quality’ though. Bad quality corsets are easy and cheap to pick up, they may even look the part with fancy frills and detailing. But the moment you put them on you’ll know they’re low quality. It’s all down to the corset pattern they’re made from.
A cheap corset won’t bring you in at the waist like a professionally made one will, they’re designed to fit a standard figure and to fit as many people as possible, so the curves (if it has any) will be a lot less dramatic. It takes skill to make a corset that fits properly and you pay for that skill.
Continuing from yesterday’s discussion on outer corset fabrics, there are a number of heavyweight materials that add that feeling of quality you just don’t get from cheap ready mades.
Brocades are a very popular choice, the heavy ones of course, not the cheaper ones you can get. You should be able to tell from handling a fabric if it is of a decent thickness.
For corset training the heavy duty twills and cottons are a good choice as they add much needed strength. Corset making coutil comes in satin finishes which is ideal but very expensive. You can often buy it by the half or quarter meter however, so you only need pay for what you plan to use.
If your looking to make a corset on the cheap but still want too quality try recycling old cushions! This is a great little tip as the thick fabrics used to upholster cushions, sofas and curtains are made to take the wear,tear and body weight of an active family using them. Scan the local thrift shops for vintage drapes, heavyweight bed sheets and scatter cushions.