Teal Shantung Corset (EWPC)

Teal silk overbust corset with random decorative stitching and purple bone channels

Teal silk overbust corset with random decorative stitching and purple bone channels

I’m on a private group called Elegantly Waisted – which talks about and celebrates corsets and corsetry. In late 2021, we started a twice-monthly photo challenge, each two-week period with a different theme that the posters could interpret as they liked.

Teal silk overbust corset with random decorative stitching and purple bone channels

Teal silk overbust corset with random decorative stitching and purple bone channels

The January 1-15 challenge theme is Sparkle & Shine. I picked this navy/teal shot shantung silk corset embellished with random metallic stitching for my entry.

I don’t actually have a lot of corsets that are glittery or sparkly, the first one that comes to mind is still a work-in-progress, and there’s no way I’ll get it done by the Jan 15 deadline anyways… so the metallic stitching in this corset (since I entered my silver metallic corset for a previous challenge) will have to do!

Teal silk overbust corset with random decorative stitching and purple bone channels

Teal silk overbust corset with random decorative stitching and purple bone channels

I made this a number of years ago, with leftover silk from another project. It has contrasting purple/navy shot dupioni silk “bone casings”… though the bones are actually in the interlining. It has a strong front zip, and back lacing.

I don’t have any work-in-progress photos to share unfortunately. I made this a while ago, and if I took photos… they’re not on this computer.

Watch my Instagram Reel to see a close up of the metallic stitching.

Teal silk overbust corset with random decorative stitching and purple bone channels

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The Elegantly Waisted Photo Challenge (EWPC)

Purple silk overbust corset with angel stenciled painting

Purple silk overbust corset with angel stenciled painting

I’m on a private group called Elegantly Waisted – which talks about and celebrates corsets and corsetry. In late 2021, we started a twice-monthly photo challenge, each two-week period with a different theme that the posters could interpret as they liked.

Since for some of the themes I’ll need to take new photos, hopefully I’ll also share some of them here – at least the ones I haven’t shared before. I will only be sharing the ones I’ve made of course though… not the ones I’ve bought.

I also wanted to make a record for myself of which corsets I want to use for which challenge.. just so I can remember for when the deadlines get closer.  The photos can either feature a corset with the theme (so the red/orange theme could be a red or orange corset) OR the photo can meet the theme, with any corset. (So the red/orange theme could be a black corset, over a red dress, or with an orange background.) This way folks who have huge corset wardrobes can participate – but so can people with limited corset wardrobes.

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Cost of corset-making

Close up on the D-ring and PVC accent panel on the ghost-print corset

Close up on the D-ring and PVC accent panel on the ghost-print corset

When I’ve taught my in-person corset-making class, one of the questions I get is “what can I expect to spend?”
Sometimes it’s more like “why do they cost so much?”…

In this post I’ll explore what you can expect to spend if you want to make your own corset. It might also explain why custom-made corsets can cost so much – and likewise where corners might be getting cut if you’re buying something factory-made for a bargain. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: J-Rock neck corset

J-Rock inspired neck corset / collar

J-Rock inspired neck corset / collar

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a J-rock inspired neck corset or collar. I made this a number of years ago, so I don’t have any in-progress photos.  Like my Visual Kei mouth masks, this was inspired by Japanese street fashion.

To make this, I ended up actually draping the pattern, to get a skin-tight fit over complex curves.

The neck corset is made of black satin, lined in black cotton for comfort, and is trimmed with black lace at the lower edge.

The neck corset / collar is topstitched with purple thread, and closes in the back with snaps – unlike another neck corset I’ve made, the fit is not adjustable.

Back snaps on the J-Rock inspired neck corset / collar

Back snaps on the J-Rock inspired neck corset / collar

Throwback Thursday: Black and white floral cincher

Plus size black and white floral brocade cincher for sale

Black and white floral brocade cincher

I’m calling this a Throwback Thursday because this is actually a corset I made a while ago (so I don’t have any work-in-progress photos either). I made this to sell, back when I was hoping to get commissions for custom work (I’m not looking to do custom work anymore).

A bit about this corset:

 

This is a shaped underbust plus-size cincher made from black and white floral brocade. This corset is made with three-layer construction, but has no waist stay.

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