The internet is full of wonders.

Tonight I was cleaning up the mass of fabric explosion that was all over my floor and thought to post a picture of my most recent “garb” purchase.

I ended up getting this corset on ebay of all places. And for only $12! Here is the link to the seller’s store. Most of the stuff they have is too modern to work as a medieval style corset, but the one I got is just a simple black print with a very faint pinstripe pattern.

The shirt I’m wearing under the corset is one of the peasant tops that I made using the tutorial posted on my project page. This one has (unseen) elastic under the bust and a purple leather cord around the shoulders.

It’s a pretty simple pattern to make, and very well written. I believe this top was made from a thrifted sheet, which puts the ensemble at under $15. Anyone who claims that garb is always expensive is terribly confused.

Also, after one final purchase of some wonderful, cheap wool, I’ve decided not to let myself buy any more fabric until I make a significant dent on my box of fabric. Of course the day after I decide that, Boyfriend decided to buy me some really pretty, really soft turquoise fabric…

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A corset of course

One of the projects that I wanted to attempt this summer was a corset. I’m not really a girly-girl, but I just kind of like the idea. Unfortunately, my first attempt didn’t end up well enough that I feel skilled enough to offer instruction to others, but I thought I would pass along where I got my ideas from and a few tips on what NOT to do.

First, here is my inspiration. I didn’t want to try and create something with boning on my first try, and this seemed to accomplish that very nicely.

It’s a pretty straightforward tutorial, but I had a little trouble getting the shape right. I started off by sewing a tube, pinning it to my body, and having my little sister break the seam with a seam ripper. That worked pretty well, until I tried to modify it later because I thought it didn’t fit very well as I was holding it up to me. I forgot that there would be tight lacing helping the fabric to keep its shape, and decided to take some “extra” fabric off the front. It still fits well enough, but there is now a much wider gap at the top of the back than at the bottom.

If I were to do it again, I would try to make the corset using this type of method. It seems to waste much less fabric, and doesn’t rely on guesswork.

This is a tutorial from Threadheads that shows another idea of how to put things together once you have a pattern (which you can make on your own, or try something like this).

Basically, the best advice I can offer is to try something, and if it doesn’t work, try something else.

Here are some samples of my efforts:

Here is the front of the corset

And the back. See what happened to the lacing? :/

Also, some nifty tools I found that made the project easier!

D-ring lacing tape (awesome) from this person on Ebay. And eye and hook tape from this person.