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Silk Brocade Corset

brocadecorset2This beautiful corset was made with a stunning silk brocade fabric over high quality cotton coutil. It was custom designed with a high back and open bust. The corset has a front busk closure, and laces up the back through 44 metal grommets! 22 pieces of steel boning provide incredible support and beautiful shaping.

This stunning corset was created for one of my clients on etsy. If you haven’t seen it already, check out my shop to view other items available for sale or to request a custom piece!

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Custom nursing bra

My friend asked me a while ago to make her a new bra, both because she needed new ones, and because she was excited about the prospect of a custom bra. Her favorite ready-to-wear bra comes only in white. And white is fine some days, but not every single day. The bra I made was cloned from her old one for an identical fit, but in a beautiful black stretch satin. Even a nursing momma ought to get to be sexy!

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After Midnight

AfterMidnight1This sexy Latin number was so much fun to make! The super short skirt has a dramatic V shaped hemline with beautiful fringe for fantastic movment, and the top features padded bra cups and off the shoulder straps. And of course, it’s been positively COVERED in Swarovski rhinestones in Jet and Jet AB. There are about 8 gross of rhinestones on the bra cups alone!

What do you think? Is it over the top, or a fantastic choice to STAND OUT on the dance floor?

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I’m in a rush today but wanted to post pics of this gorgeous corset!






This was custom made for the woman wearing it, but I have an Etsy listing for making to order a similar corset sized to fit.


Modelling a bra for you

That title is for Carrie. A bra on a model, rather than the floor… but NO not on me. 🙂

Sewing this bra was an experience, I have to tell you. I’ll back up a moment and explain. I decided to purchase some stretch satin to make a few bras, both for myself and for some others. JoAnn’s didn’t have any in store (at least not that I could find) but I found it on a couple of the websites I regularly shop for fabrics. Denver Fabrics had stretch satin for $4.75/yd and had it for $10.98/yd. Now I KNEW by the price tags alone that there was going to be a difference in quality… what I didn’t know was whether one of them would really be worth more than double the cost of the other! I could have ordered swatches, examined them, and then picked what I wanted. But I’m not that patient. I ordered a yard each of gold (for a specific project) and pink from, and a single yard of deep purple (which is coming out far bluer in my photos than in real life) from Denver Fabrics.

And then I waited. When the second of my two orders arrived four days later I eagerly ripped open the box to compare! The satin from is relatively lightweight and perhaps a tad stretchier than I *truly* want for a good supportive bra, but it’s soft, fine, and I think it will work great if it’s reinforced a bit. The considerably cheaper fabric was, let’s face it, cheaper. The purple satin was a heavier weight which is actually good for a bra to hold a gal like me, but it was also rubbery and almost plasticy. Still I wanted to give it a try!

Since the fabric was a gorgeous rich purple, I’d planned to dye white elastic, hooks, eyes, rings and slides to match. I went out and bought dye, got home, and realized I hadn’t ever ordered white bra elastic and only had black on hand (rats!) And again, I wasn’t patient enough to wait. Black goes with everything, right?

Moving right along I started sewing up this bra and the fabric was extremely annoying to work with. I had a brand new, lightweight needle in my machine, but really should have been using a stretch needle. And since I wasn’t (because, AGAIN, I wasn’t patient enough to wait for the needles I’d ordered to arrive), the fabric snagged multiple times, and looks pretty crappy now.

The whole time I was sewing, I was narrating this blog rant in my head and thinking about exactly which words I would use to complain about the experience. And then I put the bra on. Suddenly, I didn’t CARE one eensy little bit about the snaggles all over the place. I didn’t CARE that the texture of the fabric annoyed me and felt a bit being wrapped in plastic wrap. I didn’t even entirely care that I’d foolishly neglected to add some extra room to my bra cups to accomodate the less-stretchy fabric (impatience = foolish sometimes, and I’m really still learning what I’m doing here). ALL I cared about was how PREEEEEEEEETTTTTTY it was! Pretty, pretty, pretty. Purple. Shiny. Satiny. Ah yes! I have never before in my entire life owned a purple bra. What a delightful, gorgeous thing.

So in the end I have a poorly executed snaggly bra that doesn’t fit right, but renewed motivation. My stretch needles have arrived, my white elastic should get here tomorrow, and I’ll modify my cup pattern and give it another try. I WILL have my lovely purple bra. Rubbery though it may be.


At last!

I’ve been working on this piece for months now I think, but here we go, at long last, a beautiful custom fitted and designed burlesque style corset!

To be honest, I don’t think the dress form does it justice. She’s not quite the same shape as the person for whom this was fitted (nor is she fleshy and moveable) so it sits differently on her. But you can see the detail. There’s a layer of lace over the pink satin for the body, with black velvet ribbons over all the seam lines. The ruffle at the top and the skirty flounce at the bottom are both crepon sheer with a 1/4″ pink satin ribbon at the edge, and it’s a purchased fringe trim. It has detachable garters too (not shown here), just in case!


A very tardy corset update

The past month or so have been busy for me, both at work and home, and I’ve had far less time to sew of late. But, little by little, I’ve been making progress on the custom designed corset. I hope to have it finished in the next few days, but thought I might as well give an update for the moment.

The muslin took three attempts to get a really great fit. Sadly, the photos don’t do it justice, as my molded plastic dress form doesn’t respond quite the same as a real body does to being squished into stiff tight fabric. We lengthened the front, added more fullness in the rear, and altered it to be a sweetheart neckline. The final version here really did create the desired effect on its wearer – but you’ll have to trust me on that.

The actual corset is a soft pink satin that its wearer chose. The particular satin chosen though wasn’t nearly stiff or heavy enough to create a shaping garment, so the heavier woven cotton used for our muslin ended up serving as a middle layer for the corset, lined inside and covered with the pink satin on the outside.

We chose a spiral steel boning as it’s a bit sturdier than plastic boning. Since spiral steel boning isn’t sold already in casings, the process is a little different. One can sew a casing for the steel boning, insert the boning, and sew the casing to the garment as you would for plastic boning. Alternately, one can use what is called the “sandwich” method by sewing two layers of corset fabric together, and topstitching channels into which the boning can be inserted. I opted for the latter.

Once the right shape was established, two layers sewn together, and boning installed I was able to work on the outer layer (which I have not yet photographed – you’ll just have to wait for the final product to see that!), which was made of pink satin and lace, with black velvet ribbons topstitched over the seam lines. Our design plan included a little ruffle at the top, and a fuller one at the bottom, made from a sheer black fabric that would be crisp enough to hold its shape. The fabric store had limited offerings when we went, but ultimately a shimmery crepon sheer was selected.

The fabric is lovely, but it’s a woven fabric, which means it’s strongest desire in life is to unravel. I suggested we pick up some thin pink ribbon, which I could stitch along the raw edge to finish it. In fact, I found it easiest to stitch the ribbon down close to, but not right at the edge, and then trim the excess. After I sewed the first length and trimmed, I found that this did nothing to prevent the fabric unraveling (it just slowed it slightly as the threads had to work their was around the stitching). When I gathered the crepon to make a ruffle, the result was a lovely sheer black fabric, trimmed in pink ribbon, with hairy threads sticking up all over the place above. Not the effect we’d wanted. The solution? A thin bead of clear flexible fabric glue applied to the back side of the fabric along the length of the ribbon. No more fraying!

At present, all of the corset layers have been sewn together and the ruffles added, and it’s just waiting on the zipper and the final bit of trim before it will be complete! I hope to post the final pics in the next day or so. See you then!

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