I’ve been busy working on the corded corset the past couple weeks, and am taking a breather to post the WIP photos here. If you follow me on facebook, instagram, or twitter, you can see images like these as I make progress on my projects.
It’s pretty close to being finished. There are just a couple hiccups that need addressing so it fits comfortably.
After prepping all the panels I spent some time cutting things out, like the lining, busk pocket, and fabric strips to cover the seams. Then I started assembling the panels.
I also assembled the lining, but did not take a photo, before stopping to go get a 3/8″ bias tape maker for creating the strips to cover the seams.
By getting it this far when I did, I was able to take the corset with me to an SCA event and attach the lacing rings by hand over the weekend.
I got far enough along to be able to try it on before taking this photo, and unfortunately it does need a little bit of steel boning to prevent buckling at the waist. I’m also far enough in that it will have to be added by hand. So, more handwork. Still, it will give me an opportunity to try something else I’ve been curious about, and we’ll see if I can’t make the boning removable for washing.
I do think I know what I did wrong that caused the buckling. I started this corset (including cutting it all out) last summer, and I am pretty sure I didn’t cut the pieces on the correct grain. I think they are all grain vertical to the piece shape, which puts them more and more on the bias the closer to the front you get…. It’s a siilly mistake, but it does illustrate the absolute importance of placing grain correctly for the line of pressure along the body. Had I done that, I don’t think it would need boning at all, because the wrinkling is actually bias stretch on steroids. Without the full cording I don’t think it would be wearable. The line of the tape is what the strength layer grain should be on the side panel, but instead I think it is even with the lines of cording.
All in all, I’d say that I’m happy with how it’s looking, and I’m sure I will wear it quite a bit, but there are a lot of things I would do differently, so at some point down the road I want to revisit this concept and make it even better.