I kinda knew from the start that making a straight fronted corset would be heinous. I mean, just look at the advertisements for the things:
How do you even make the human form look anything remotely close to that!?! Not easily, that’s for sure!
But I tried my best. I draped my pattern on Isabelle, following Waugh’s pattern from a real corset, which must have fit someone at some point.
Then I fitted it, or tried to. It’s really hard to fit an anatomically improbable waist cinching corset on a natural figure. I ended up doing about 6 fittings, and going through that many redrafts of the pattern. The best luck I had with the fittings was fitting it over my nougat corset (which at least achieved some waist-cinching for me).
I didn’t take any pictures of the fittings because by the time I got the mock-up on and pinned I was so grumpy and flustered I forgot about the camera, and wouldn’t have wanted an image of myself even if I hadn’t!
At this point, you are probably wondering why I didn’t do a mock-up with boning, and a false laced back, and see how that fit me. There are two reasons for this. First, I hadn’t thought of my clever stunt-lacer yet, and two, have you seen the boning pattern on this corset?!?
Yeah. Some of those bones cross four seams. No way you are fitting anything once they are sewn in.
So, with a sort of pattern achieved, I just crossed my fingers, hoped, and went for it.
It totally didn’t fit. Waaaaaaay too big.
Ouch. Big thorn stab. Time to rip apart and do some serious taking in.
(sidenote: I’m pretty sure this post wins the award for the most internal links yet. Also the most over-use of italics. Mr Carpenter would not approve.)