Back in January/February I made a Victorian ballgown for the Steampunk Masquerade Ball and although I hadn’t finished the corset, I strapped in and wore it to the ball. I was exhausted from health stuff but I went and I had fun meeting and talking to people and dancing. Here’s the costume (tho you can’t see the corset cos it’s underneath the costume)
Then, last week I decided I would finish the corset and bind it. I still want to add flossing but I’m taking it easy for now. Here are some pics of the corset in different stages of completion.
I used the Laughing Moon Silverado corset (this is the site I get all my corsetmaking materials from) and followed Truly Victorian’s suggestions on how to choose a size. I highly recommend both LM and TV. Incredible patterns. The bodice from the pic above is this Truly Victorian pattern. The bustle I’m wearing under my skirt is TV101- yup, also Truly Victorian. I’m planning on making another bodice for next winter’s ball so I’ll talk about it after I make it.
More pics of the finished corset. The corset was made of a navy blue silk dupioni, underlined with a black coutil. I will never make a corset out of anything but coutil. It’s such a great fabric. I used spiral steel boning which is also my favorite.
Once I had my corset bound I felt comfortable wearing it on the outside of my clothes. For this photo shoot I wore the same clothes I wore to the musical I went to last weekend called Zirkus Grimm. The show inspired my wearing a corset and all.
Why am I straight faced in all these pics? I have no clue! Let’s call it intense? Or BRF? Whatever. It works. haha!
I should also mention that the cropped jacket is from Burda magazine 12-2012. Here’s the line drawing. It’s not on the BurdaStyle site right now, in case you were curious. You can see that I didn’t add the peplum. I had every intention but kept putting it off until I decided to wear it with this outfit. The fabric is poplin with a border of an eyelet. I have more yardage in a deep purple.
What kind of corset should I make next? I could use a new corset for Ren Faire…
One more thing: SHINY PANTS!!