Do you have to make a choice between comfort and glamour? I’ve found that with everything from shoes to underwear the world of fashion insists we make that choice, but does it have to be that way with the corset?
The obvious answer to the outsider would be yes, the corset is the epitome of vanity over comfort and only those with an extreme gratification for pain would disagree. Well I’m no seeker of discomfort and I definitely don’t enjoy the pain my 4 inch stilettos bring me, but I do enjoy a well made corset. It seems that (like with a custom made pair of shoes) the more expensive a corset the more comfortable. So yes you can have your cake and eat it but its going to cost you! The alternative is the home made route, obviously my favourite. The day I win the lottery I’ll pay Mr Pearl several thousand a pop to make my corsets, but until that day I’ll stay at my sewing machine thank you very much. Because a comfortable corset means a custom made one designed to fit your body specifically. So if you’ve not got the cash for a custom made every 6 months or so, but your adamant your going to take up corset training, take up corsetry too! Learn how to make a corset and you’ll save a packet as well as having the added satisfaction of being able to casually say – “What this? O I made this myself.”
I have some more juicy fabrics for the historic corsets I’m making this month. These are especially nice for the Elizabethan ones I’m designing currently. And I’ve managed to get some nice ‘off white’ lacing cord to go with.
For those of you learning how to make a corset this might amuse! I had to share this image of one of my fave pin up artists paintings from the 50s. Gil Evgren painted hundreds of tiny waisted 50s bombshells. This ones of a girl making a corset!
I received an email from one of my customers today who had recently bought my Express Corsetry Course, it was a more advanced question on the subject of how to make a corset, but a good one, so I thought I’d share it with you for the benefit of the slightly more experienced corsetiers out there:
I just read through your two books, and it is wonderful that you put all this information together for those who want to learn more about making corsets! I have been making corsets for a while now (all self-taught), and I still learned a couple new techniques through your book.
However, I have been searching for some time for more information on double boning corsets using two 1/4″ bones on either side of the seam WITHOUT sandwiching the boning channels between the shell and the lining, and also without using boning casing, which never seems to cooperate with me. I usually use the seam allowance pocket to create channels for my boning, and I can’t seem to figure out how to use that method (or something like it) to achieve the double boning.
If you have any information you can share, or any other resources you can point me to that may help, I would be forever grateful!!!
Thank you so much for putting this wonderful corset making resource together for all those beginners out there! You did a very good job with all your descriptions, so I hope you can help with my inquiry.
Thank you again,
Hi Danica, I’m having a bit of trouble working out exactly what your asking (its a hard thing to describe, the different methods of bone insertion) so if I get it wrong email me back.
So you want to insert two 1/4 inch strips of boning without using just the outer & coutil lining fabric as casing but instead using the seam allowance.
To do this there are two methods; iron the seam allowance open on outer & lining fabric (rather than to the left or right), hand sew down the seam thus sewing together the outer & lining fabric. Now you’ll have two seam allowance flaps either side of the seam and you can sew down each side creating two boning channels each made up of a double layered pocket of seam allowance and outer/lining fabric.
If you have any questions about corset making, boning, tight lacing or sewing you can email me at my personal email – email@example.com