Yes I got a little bit further today with my experimental single layer corset training corset. Had a bit of fun with enamel paint too!

So today I found time to insert the busk. I haven’t worked out how to make a corset single layer at the busk and lacing (front and back) so I went ahead with the outer and lining fabric method for corset making and to be honest the corsets most deserving of the added strength in these areas.

I chose this flesh coloured coutil as my lining, it fits nicely with the vintage look that this corset seems to be developing.

Corset pattern front panels

Corset pattern front panels

 

To go with the vintage shabby chíc look I got adventurous and bought some enamel paint that works on metal, to have a go at painting my busk. It’s something I’ve wanted to have a go at ever since I got into corsetry. I remember thinking ‘whaaat, they only come in silver or gold?’ and while there are fetching black powder coated busks available now, I am still yet to find someone stocking them in all the colours of the rainbow. *sigh*

Unfortunately I’m not overly happy with the finish, the brush strokes showed up on the loops so I took an emery board to the paint in the hopes of achieving a weathered look. Slightly more shabby than chíc but it’ll do!

Painted busk

Painted busk

 

So in went the knob side first, the usual way; panel pieces right sides together, sew together at the seam allowance, right sides out, top stitch and push the knobs through by making holes with an awl. You’ll be familiar with the process if you already know how to make a corset. For those not familiar with how to make a corset, here I’m just sewing down the other side of the busk to secure it in place.

Sewing in the knob side

Sewing in the knob side

 

Here I’ve sewn the first line of stitching on the other side with the loop holes. You can see the awful quality of my paint work! Sheesh! You can also see the pen marks from my air-erasable pen. I love this pen for light fabrics but you have to be careful to try it on a scrap of fabric when you start making your corset. Then wait ten minutes before marking out your corset pattern to check it will disappear without leaving any marks. All fabrics are different so always test. It’s also good to know how long you’ve got to get it sewn before your corset pattern disappears!

Sewing the loop gaps

Sewing the loop gaps

 

Layla decided the best place to snooze today was under my sewing table. I had to move her to reach the sewing machine pedal several times, apparently this is now a new and super fun game! She’s the unofficial Corset Training mascot… I might sew her a T-shirt to make it official lol.

The corset training mascot

The Corset Training mascot

 

And the finished busk! The paint is a little brighter in colour than I’d like but the busk matches well. I’ve decided I’m going for Victorian-esque boudoir. The fabric is a Laura Ashley upholstery fabric I believe and the cupids are crazy cute!

The busk inserted

The busk inserted

 

A cupid close up for you. J’adoring this fabric intensely! Just the eyelets left to do, then attaching the front and back to the other pieces before we can try it on. Haven’t decided exactly how to tackle the suspender extensions yet so fun and games to follow!

Cupid closeup

Cupid closeup

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