Forty-Five Minutes …

Any idea how long it takes to somewhat correctly put a corset on yourself?  You can probably guess from the title of this post.  Apparently there is a reason they had assistants to help dress them back in the day!

Since the husband is traveling for work yet again, and I finished my fairy costume corset enough that I needed to try it on yesterday, I took 45 minutes and more sweat than I had any right to, and tied myself into the corset. I have to say that if it had not fit after getting the darn thing on, I would have had a breakdown.

I will spare you most of the details of the corset making process, since I described it for you in more detail than you probably cared to read about here and here.

I will say that cutting grommet holes in the three layers of fabric was much easier this time than with the muslin.  I attribute this at least a little bit to the dents that were already in the small block of wood that I was using to hammer on.  Here is what it looked like after about halfway through the grommets this time around.


Before I cut the very last grommet hole for the corset, this happened.


Really?  That piece of wood that I apparently cut was flat inside at first, and took quite a lot of work to get it t even turn sideways like in the picture.  Thankfully I was able to remove it.

The fit picture below is prior to finishing off the top and bottom edges with satin bias tape, since I had to see how it fit prior to placing the bias tape.  Pajamas go quite well with it, no?


It does fit well enough at the top, despite how it looks in the picture.  The extra space is due to the weird attempt at taking a picture of myself this way.  I did some serious pinning before I attached the bias tape, but all in all this part went well.  I was careful to make sure the ends of the boning (which were covered with rounded tips so it doesn’t rip the fabric) were not underneath the bias tape as I stitched.


No real tricks for the ends, I just folded the bias tape under to the inside of the corset, since quite honestly, the inside looks like CRAP.  Don’t believe me?  See for yourself.  Sadly, the ripples didn’t just disappear, and there were lots of places where all the layers did not get caught under the bias tape.  I will fray check those and press on.  I had a part like this on each piece of the corset, left and right.


Here is what the outside looks like all said and done, sans lacing.


Not perfect (check out how the bottom center and top center don’t quite line up exactly, and I misplaced a boning channel on the second half of the corset so the spacing isn’t identical), but I’m happy with the first real version.  Maybe the next corset will go even smoother!  I want to leave you with this:


The fairy costume as it stands right now (sorry for the strange perspective of the photo).  The crown is only barely started.  The corset and necklace are complete.  The smattering of fabrics you see on the right will be part of the skirt, and I intend to decorate the skirt some with things such as the pretty dangley rope thing with crystal snowflakes on it.  I just had a third idea for wings, and have been thinking a lot about makeup and hair this week.  My mind has been in overdrive or, as I like to call it, “costume brain”.

Anyone else have fun costume projects going on?  I am hoping to finish this one soonish so that I can move onto my next DragonCon costume project!


4 comments for “Forty-Five Minutes …

  1. May 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Hooraaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! As I said yesterday, you should be VERY proud of your work. Your corset looks fantastic – do not fret about the wonky satin interior. Satin is the worst fabric ever.

    • Tyraenna
      May 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Thanks 🙂 Wonky is a good word for the interior of this corset.

  2. May 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I haven’t been reading blogs much lately, and apparently I missed out on a bunch of cool stuff from you! Your projects look great, and this corset is simply magic! You’re looking rather slim, too, I might add. I missed you! I’ve been sewing just on our weekly sewing nights, teaching a 14-year-old to sew, and she is in turn giving me back my sewing mojo! Who knew that PJ pants were so fast and easy?! Yup. Anyways, I won’t stay away long this time. My fellow bloggers feed my mojo, too. Great work!

    • Tyraenna
      May 3, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Hi Kristin! Glad you’re back – I too have had a fairly long hiatus recently, so I understand 🙂 It’s awesome that you are doign regular sewing nights weekly – I don’t know if I have the energy for that many! Oh and I love me some PJ pants … I have at least 3 fabrics I need to pre-wash so I can make a bunch!!


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