Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Taming the Beast

Time to finish this beast.


In my last post I ended with sewing the boning channels.
Once that was done I put the boning in, put the binding on, laced it up and my fatal mistake. Waiting till every thing was sewn in place to try it on... When making a Corset, you should NOT do this....
As you know I had to lengthen the corset by a few inches to make it fit properly. Well, it was long enough all right. I nearly cried when I tried it on and found that I couldn't sit down it was so long. 
So I proceded to rip out the binding, cutting off about one inch from the bottom, and resewing every thing back up...Once again, I nearly cried when I tried it on the SECOND time. I now had a hard choice to make. Do I let it slide and just avoid sitting down. Or do I do it the RIGHT way and rip out the binding again, cut about half the boning down anywhere from one to two and a half inches....


I did the right thing. It took the better part of two days but, gosh darn it, I got it done. The third time that I tried it one I did NOT cry.
All in all, I shortened it by about two and half inches.

Once getting the length finally figured out, I was able to start finishing it.
Fun stuff. sewing the X's at the bottom of the boning, and putting the wide lace at the top.

I am very pleased with how it came out.
One of the best parts is that it is a very comfy corset. I know you wouldn't think that a corset could or would be comfy, but if you have a corset that is made FOR YOU and that fits you like a glove. You can easily wear it all day and at the end of the day not be screaming to take the thing off. 

Hear we have my 1860's corset on top so you can see how different it is!

side by side.

And there you have it! the Beast. When starting this corset I thought it would be a rather hellish sort of project, but it turned out not to be as bad as it could have been.
In fact after making this corset I would like to re-do my 1860's corset. Not anytime soon though...

Happy Corseting~


  1. Wow it turned out amazing! Sorry for your troubles though, I hate it when things don't fit perfect the first time! I usually end up throwing it in a drawer though and not looking at it for another year or so, so good job sticking with it! The results look well worth it! Now I want to go make a corset!

  2. That is a beautiful corset! Love the lace and the X's! So gorgeous!!