So, I took some pictures of me wearing just my corsets, and I'm going to put them up here cuz I want to talk about them.
We'll start with this one. (I'm aware the lighting sucks.) The first one I made. Made from the scraps of a duffle bag and a suit case, alternating brown and black panels. I used a generic pattern I found online. Not a lot of waist reduction, but the fabric looks badass. It was a huge pain to sew though. So thick, and didn't slide easily through my sewing machine. Inside is a mess, because I'm terrible at sewing bias tape on and the liner doesn't quite fit in places. There's even a spot or two where a boning channel didn't actually get closed when I was sewing, so they've been glued shut. Quick and dirty fix. So it's quite messy on the inside. But it does have the best laces, the ones I got from corsetmaking.com. I've done several other things for laces, and these are by far the best. This one's also the easiest for casual wear, I have a sheer black blouse that's hot as hell with this over top.
The second one. An overbust made from the same pattern as the first. Burgundy fabric from what looked like a table cloth from Goodwill. Exterior boning channels done with tape from corsetmaking.com. Same unremarkable waist shape. This pattern has two gores in the bust, which is really just awful. I do not have the bust to create the cleavage that would make that shape work. For me, bust cups have to curve back inward, cuz I just don't have the cleavage. I should have at least removed one of the gores. If I ever get motivated I'll overhaul this, because it's almost unwearable as is. I realize you can't see from the pic, but anyone who cared to see could look straight down my front. Also, this one has a denim liner which peeks out at the join in the front and makes me insane. It also had fit problems, and has been snipped and trimmed and glued in place. And again, store bought bias tape, still badly sewn on. This is laced with paracord, which does not slide, and makes it very difficult to loosen the laces. Not a fan. I'll probably change it.
Fourth! My newest one that you didn't know about yet! Also made from my drafted pattern. Again with the pretty waist. I had not realized the looseness in the hips yet, so that has not been corrected, but again, it's not that big of a deal. The fabric is scavenged from unused pillow shams from our garage. I don't believe in pillow shams. We've had this bed set for most of our marriage, and never once used the shams. The bust shape has been tailored to fit me, curves inward on top to avoid any unfortunate peeks. More pronounced point in the front than my others.
This one I straight up made bias tape for. I even figured out which way the bias went on the fabric and cut it correctly. Spent a half hour ironing in the creases to the tape. And my sewing bias tape skills have advanced to where this was almost perfect. there were a few places where my stitches wobbled, and there's a few folds in the liner where it was just a bit too big, but this one is comparatively gorgeous on the inside. It makes me so happy.
So there you have it. My corset collection so far. I have plans and supplies for at least three more, four if my boning holds out. I'm so excited. I love corsets!