Following on from my recent samples comparing spirals and flats
, this 36" (closing at 34") corset is fully boned with 50 7.5mm flat steels. Count 'em friends, 50! I finished the binding today so here are some photographs (again, on myself, so I apologise for the quality).
[cross-posted a little]The front
With a front-busk, under-busk bones, and layered satin ribbon ruffles (made with my Singer's gathering foot), the design focus of this piece was to almost entirely obscure the silk (which is an incredibly vibrant purple shot through with blue) so that the colour was kept at the outer edges to keep the focus on the curve of the hips.
You can see here that the numerous flat steels creates a beautiful smooth shape.
In relation to the other samples I recently shared though, you can also see how the flat steels press against my body with greater force. They "smooth" my curves rather than "nip" them. Over time they will take the shape of the corset, but for the first few wearings they will press against the body. If you look at the bottom left of the above image, you can see a shadow/dip where the casing is pressing inwards. Compare that to the spiral boned corset I finished the other day and you can see how the spirals sit more smoothly without wearing the corset to "break it in":The back
You can sort of see here how the short length and flat steels don't agree with my slight sway back (I really need to work on my posture), and dig into me a little bit. The other day delirium71
was saying about the differences between bodies, how some are like toothpaste and others like shampoo bottles! I'm definitely toothpaste and this is why I tend to prefer wearing spirals :-S
That said, the *comfort* of this little corset is incredible! I didn't want to take it off, but it's destined for sale as a sample so I had to :-(
Perhaps I'll make myself a long-line version. The full corset
The corset is lined with silk charmeuse which was fused to cotton batiste for stability. This changes the hand of the silk slightly, but is a fair price to pay for a sturdy though delicious lining.
This shot is a reasonably good colour match of the lining (it is on my browser, at any rate!).
And here you can see the front modesty placket at the busk.
All-in-all I like how it turned out. There are things I might do differently (find a prettier lace for a start), but as this was a sample I'm fairly happy with it.