I’ve had quite a gap between this and the last post on this corset. That’s the problem with waiting for more materials to come in the post – you loose momentum with a project and move onto something else. Plus Christmas was creeping up on me and there were soooo many presents to buy! So today I bit the bullet, sewed the last bone channels and cut myself some sprung steel bones to go either side of the lacing so I could try it on for size.
This is what I like to call a soft fitting – no bones in except at the laces, so there are some waist wrinkles that I’m hoping will disappear when the steels are added. I also drew on the bottom and top edge while wearing it. Naughty Scarlett, didn’t take photos, but that’s why I left so much excess material top and bottom when I cut the pattern out. I do this when I make a corset from a brand new pattern so I know it’s exactly as I want it. I’ll alter it on the corset pattern, then future corsets from this pattern will just be made up as normal. It also makes the ‘soft fitting’ necessary as I can’t cut the bones to the right length without knowing where the top and bottom edges will be!
Now you can see how the lined panels look next to the unlined ones and how it all looks from the outside (below) – excuse the crude lacing, I was too impatient to get it on and knew I’d be taking them out after. Undetectable except for some added bulk on the lined seams. Looking forward to having a go at corset training in a single layer corset. It’ll be fun to see if it stands up to the wear and tear. I will of course document and report back 😉
If I’m honest there’s another reason I’ve not come back to this corset pattern sooner – the suspenders! I’m still not sure how to make a corset with built in suspenders although I’ve always wanted to have a go. It’s very different to having those removable elastic ones that attach to the bottom of the corset. I’ll do some mockups and see what works best.