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Padme - Elizabethan Corset 2 by Verdaera Padme - Elizabethan Corset 2 by Verdaera
This corset is meant to go with my Padme Gown I'm making. The gown in question appeared in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but was cut from the final movie. (It can be seen in the Special Features on the DVD. Here is a picture of the gown I am going to create: [link] )

The shape of the gown and the shaping in the bodice suggested to me she had historical-shaped undergarments, so I made it Elizabethan in style, using the 'effigy corset' in Norah Waugh's Corsets and Crinolines and modifying it. It's not 100% Historically accurate because it's meant for a Star Wars costume, but I may reuse it for historical purposes.

I used the 'watered' or 'moire' "silk" fabric (which is actually a poly/cotton from JoAnn's home dec section) for the front because it's the same fabric I'm using on the front of the dress. The top layer is backed with cotton coutil, and is lined with a heavy decorative cotton I had leftover from an Elizabeth Swann underdress. I used metal grommets in the back, and decided to do double-lacing so I could get into it more easily myself (that's the historically innaccurate part... but who cares!) I used metal eyelets for lacing on the future hoopskirt, and hand-stitched over them because that kind of eyelet falls out. It's boned with reed and a steel bone in the center front.

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GuiseMaker Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic!! :D Such clean lines!
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so beautifull :aww:
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Pheonix023 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Hmmm...did you consider useing the extra lacing civil War style, where they wrap it around the front and tie it? Hmmm...google=fail...i tried to look up a pic....ew. Gross. don't.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know what you mean... these laces are long enough to do that and I tried it, the only thing I worry about is my lacing is a little bulky and I think the knot would show through on the front of the gown. Thankfully I'm pretty good at tying a knot behind my own back :D
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Pheonix023 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Its a good skill to have :D
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intrepid1708 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Looks great!
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
This is a very nice job. :D

I would like to add that up until the advent of the front closing busk stays and corsets in the 19th century stays and corsets were spiral laced. the lace is attached at the bottom of the stays and just laced round and round in a spiral up to the top. It's a much quicker way of lacing when you have to lace the garment every time you put it on and a shorter lace can be used - so practical in more ways than one...
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D

I know the spiral lacing is more accurate for the period, I'm just worried about being able lace it up myself as I usually don't have anyone around to help... Now I know why Padme had so many handmaidens ;)
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
ah, that explains it - I thought you probably knew. I have wondered about how to go about getting into a back lacing corset on my own. Perhaps a long lace, or lacing it up the front and turning it round before tightening it? Luckily I usually have someone on hand to help. It's a good job really as it's impossible to dress myself in some of my Victorian dresses!
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