Now that I’ve made a couple of corsets for myself, my daughter wanted one for herself. And I was very happy to be learning how to work with a body type which is vastly different from my own.
This is the Laughing Moon Dore Corset pattern with adjustments for a better fit. She didn’t want any waist reduction, and given that she’s only 16, I was very happy about this.
She is a small breasted lass and we found that the mock-up squashed her bust flat. So I found a cheap push-up bra, fitted the corset over the bra, then cut the padding out of the bra and put it in the corset lining. I also had to use way more boning than what the original pattern called for because of far too much wrinkling. The fashion fabric was raw silk – which I’ve never worked with before – and despite my best efforts at ‘roll pinning’ I got some really awful wrinkles. The bones did help it hugely, but I remain unsatisfied with a little wrinkling along the top of the bust line where the padding has ended. I’d like to have another attempt at padding the bust of a corset and see if I can get a more natural line. The ruffles along the top were made using the ruffler foot on my sewing machine.
This is probably the last time I will use the Dore corset pattern. It’s been a fabulous pattern to learn on, but I do now prefer the look and fit of a corset which has more bones and panels.
Anyway, she loves it. And her eye is far less critical of my work than I am.