- Written by Laura Loft
In the first of a hotly-anticipated series, Laura rolls up her sleeves and addresses the single most pressing frustration that FR readers tell us they face: just how do you fit a corset properly?
Apologies,I edited out a small note at the end of the Jelly method to explain what the scales are for. When recreating a very large cup size, I find it helpful to measure the weight of all of the balloons for one breast to use as a guide when filling the balloons for the other breast.
I also make a note of the total weight of the balloons for each breast as my son has a nasty habit of mixing them up or running off with them. :-)
I definitely need to make some boobies :) Great tips. I am a total believer in making your toile as close to the final as possible. Some say I overdo my mock-up *shrug* But the proof is in the pudding, I mean final fit of the corset :)
Now I'm hungry but I'm craving tapioca though *wink*
Love the way you went at those balloons with a knife Laura!
Seriously though, brilliant article. I think your first point of learning to focus on "looking" and assessing the figure is of paramount importance, and it's something I find very interesting. What one then does with that information varies a lot between corsetmakers (hoorah for self-learning!), but that first important step of really paying attention to the body should be highlighted often, in my opinion.
Can't wait for the next article :-D
I am just starting on my first corset so this is wonderful! I am an plump hourglass so those jellies are brillant. I had two questions if possible.
1) I am currently going to fitness course (yeah me!) so measurements are changing. Is there a way to accomodate changes so I can still start working on my corset but not have to constantly recreate the wheel? I think the answer is no but just hoping. 8)
2) I am curious what is a double hip?
Thank you so much!
I always recommend that clients allow their measurements to settle before being fitted for a corset. But, I do understand the overwhelming urge to make one - I'm battling with my measurements and the urge to make myself a corset too! You could make the corset with a slightly wider lacing gap, but you will run the real risk that the corset will not fit as well as your measurements change - there is no way of working out exactly how each measurement will change as you tone up.
I've opted to make a simple corset for myself now and then will make one with all the bells and whistles once my measurements have stablised. That way I can recycle some of the metalware (bones, busk) and benefit from the experience gained from making up the first corset.
A double hip is what I call it when a woman's hips have two distinct curves instead of a single curve.
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Ok my keyboard drawing skills are worse than my pencil and paper scribbles, but hopefully you get the idea. ;-)