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Victorian Corset by Verdaera Victorian Corset by Verdaera
This is the corset I've been working on for my steampunk costume, though technically I made it historically accurate so I can wear it with historical Victorian costumes. I used the pattern from the book "Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques" by Jill Saleen, using the pattern on page 71, and the flossing design from page 74. I used The Corsetmaking Revolution PDF ( [link] ) to size the pattern, which was invaluable, plus the advice of several of my DeviantArt friends! This is the 3rd corset I've made, and my first Victorian one. I used two layers of cotton coutil, and cream silk dupioni from SilkBaron.com for the outer layer. The busk, grommets, and boning all came from CorsetMaking.com. I also hand-dyed the lace to a chocolate brown color. I liked the details of the wider boning channels sewn on the outside rather than the inside, and the cording at the bust. This was a fun project, and I know I made it right because it's pretty comfortable. I have a 24.5 inch waist, and I only lace this down to 23.5 (No need to kill myself, I don't have a lot to squish down anyway)

Here's another shot of the corset that's not in the Costume gallery:
Corset Portrait by Verdaera

-edit- THIS CORSET IS FOR SALE!  Check out my Etsy listing for size details. www.etsy.com/listing/197345757…
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Excuse me, this may seem like a very silly ques but what is the name of the gown your wearing underneath the corset? I am having a hell of a time finding one to wear with my corset cause I don't know the name of it. :( I am very new to costuming.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not a silly question at all :) It's called a chemise, or on occasion, a shift. They are very easy to make, just search for instructions for a chemise on whichever era your corset will be, for instance, a Victorian Chemise. Otherwise, there are plenty of shops that sell them to wear under costumes :)
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much ^^ I cant wait to get started! Thank you Thank you! :tighthug:
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure thing, good luck! :D
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DarkMage83 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
This is amazing!

I was wondering, do you take costume commissions? I'm interested in a leather costume and I was wondering if you took commissions.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)

I'm sorry, I don't take commissions
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LTgoatRoper Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The White Witch chainmail caught my eye but this is amazing.
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LTgoatRoper Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The White Witch chainmail caught my eye but this is amazing.
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AsiaBreen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This may sound like like a stupid question, but what are the fastenings on the front called?
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's a busk in the front :) There are a few different kinds, some that serve as a closure and some that are just a solid piece. Here's where I got mine, that show different kinds: [link]

PS, loving the Castiel icon :)
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AsiaBreen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, that helps a lot! :)

Also, thanks :P I love Castiel <3
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Valix-Lashten87 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you make this one? I'm looking for patterns and how to's on making my on.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep. I did a little write-up on my blog on the books I used and a great site that shows how to convert patterns from books to your size: [link]

The only things these books don't tell you is how to fit the corset properly. Mine still doesn't fit right, so corset making definetly takes some experimentation.
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Valix-Lashten87 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweetness Thanks a ton
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Tokajein Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Lovely!
I hope I am that skillful someday with clothes-making
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
What did you use for the boning? I'm using the same pattern and wondering what would be good.. Spiral steel bonging would be too bendy, wouldn't it? What do you think about pastic whalebone?
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oooh, plastic is eeeevil. It tends to buckle and curl. I like the spring steel boning myself. I'd use the spiral steel before I use plastic though any day
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I thought so! I should get some spring steel soon..
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xMsAleshax Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's fantastic! And I love the fact that you made it historically accurate!
The modern day looks down on things like corsets, and I understand why. But I personally find them really pretty and interesting. =]
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GuiseMaker Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ee!! I love the color choices!
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amie21 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
It's beautiful x x x
xoxamiexox
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squish-tish Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
It is simply an amazing work :)
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artflower Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
It looks wonderful! I adore people that can do something historicaly correct, I never have the nerve to do it right. Stunning Corset.
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kaedralynn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Can you explain to me a little bit about the cording (I assume, the band at the top near the bust) like it's function? I've seen this on a few corsets and I've wondered about if it was decoration or had a functional use.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cording is pretty nifty because, aside from being asthetically pleasing, it makes the fabric nice and stiff, but still pliable, so sometimes it's used as an alternative to boning, or to strengthen certain areas where you don't want more boning, but still form to shape. The cording in the bust area helps to keep the shape.
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kaedralynn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sorry for all the questions but is cording made out of a particular thing? Or can it be made out of any ribbon/ fabric?
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, for the fabric I imagine it just can't be TOO thin. If it's too thick, the cording won't show. I used an interfaced silk dupioni. For the cording filler, I used standard yarn. You can either stitch the channels and run the cording through with a needle, or do what I did, sandwich the cording inside the fabric and run it through the machine with a zipper foot for close stitching :)
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kaedralynn Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for all the advice!
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Nya99 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
I love this!
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Hen-na-Ningyo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
thanks for the details on where you got all your goodies. i order from corsetmaking.com as well and am pleased with the bones and info i get there. i'll try the others you mentioned. very nice work on the corset. :)
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M-n-M-s Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
beautiful
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GiocondaSmile Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Wow! This looks stunning! Can you lace it tightly though?
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dinokat Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks amazing. The detail on it is stunning. I'm sure a lot of care went into this. I wish I had the patience to make things like this.
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kairi-g Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Absolutely Gorgeous!
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Cassius-balljoint Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Looks great! Very professional looking! :D
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
The detailing is absolutely beautiful!
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