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Victorian Overbust Corset by sidneyeileen Victorian Overbust Corset by sidneyeileen
I finished the Victorian overbust corset I was making for myself, and took some photos so I could show the finished product. I designed and created the entire corset, from drafting through to the final details, and posted detailed progression photos in my scrapbook on LJ, including a serious after-completion modification to the bustline. [link]

It was drafted to imitate the very late Victorian, just pre-Edwardian corsets, with a straight-front busk. I used six panel pieces per side, as seems standard for most modern corsets. The final lines have some minor issues, so I don't plan to use this exact pattern again, but instead plan to play with entirely different styles of piecing. It's also still just a bit tight around the top of the torso, and a bit odd under the armpit.

The cover material is a rough brown silk, the edging is red-brown ribbon, and the decorations are hand-embroidered double-satin ribbon. The decorations on the bust are hiding a post-completion modification to the bustline, which was far too large and had to be taken in before the corset would fit properly.
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oasiaris Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks awesome! Only thing is, I don't think the skin on your back is supposed to fold like that. If you lace it up tight enough before putting it on (so you'll just have to adjust the lacing a little more when it's on) you might avoid that problem. Or maybe lining it with a smooth fabric would help.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It was my first self-draft overbust corset, made years ago.  It's not supposed to do that, no.
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oasiaris Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, it's very good for a first try!
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IchibodCrane Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
That's pretty cool! Mind if I ask about how it's boned? I made a corset recently that had some issues that I think has to do with the fact that I only had 1/4 spring steel on hand. You did a lovely job and it looks great!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
1/4" spring steel works well, but it only bends in and out. There's no twist to it, so if it's not placed such that is perfectly vertical in alignment it can cause problems. This particular corset is boned entirely with 1/2" wide spring steel, so the potential problems are even greater. I did enough mock-ups that I was able to place them properly, but the shaping of the corset has some issues (serious muffin-top) because of my inexperience at the time. I've gotten a lot better since this one, and typically use spiral steel because of its ability to twist and stay conformed perfectly with the corset. However, because it is less sturdy you must use more of it to keep a smooth shape free of buckles.
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IchibodCrane Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Okay, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks a billion for your help! ^^
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nodis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Nicely crafted .. the Gear placement and patience to make it look so clean . very nice . Also you look Beautiful .. your expression is pleasant and the Outfit . simple, meant to show off the corset , actually accentuates your Sweet figure.
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iheartblank Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
wow- that's beautiful!! I wish I could afford one
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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Ericha-Cerevantes Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
GORGEOUS.
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