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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Throwback Thursday: Blue corset with flocked scrolls

Blue flocked overbust corset. Close up taken with flash so you can see the pink fabric underneath.

Blue flocked overbust corset (with flash)

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 lightweight modern Victorian design corset with a sheer blue fabric over pink cotton. The blue fabric has black flocking and silver glitter. The pink fabric shows through the blue sheer fabric, creating a colour-changing or shot effect. (This is most visible in the photos taken with flash.) 

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Throwback Thursday: Red snakeskin corset

Close up on the red PVC snakeskin overbust Victorian corset

Close up on the red PVC snakeskin corset

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:

The outer fabric of this underbust corset is a red snakeskin PVC. The top edge is trimmed with a leopard-print grosgrain ribbon, while the lower edge is trimmed with black poly-cotton bias tape.

This is an overbust modern Victorian corset, but an early design of mine, with a less dramatic shape than many of my other corsets.

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