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For more than 10 years I had been fascinated with corsets and the shape one gets from them. When I did run across one, I bought it and tried wearing it.
 
I didn't get close to where I wanted to be, after a few hours it hurt and I had to take it off. Most of those times, I never put it on again.
 
Then came a time when I needed a leather corset for a party. It really had to be a corset, nothing less would do, and I couldn't find one ready made. I decided to splurge and have one made.
 
On the first fitting, I already noticed that a custom corset makes all the difference. I had a smaller waist than I had ever achieved with a store bought corset, yet I hardly felt the corset at all.
I asked the corset maker to make the corset about 2" smaller at the fitting.
 
I had to go away for major colon surgery, I spent a month in the hospital and, having my belly opened up, I could not try on the corset. I lost 28 lbs. in the hospital, and I started worrying that the corset might be too large now.
 
Finally, they day arrived when I had no more pain and I could try the corset. The corset maker laced me up and it fit like a glove. I really didn't want to take it off again, I wore it home that day.
 
In the days following, the corset and I got inseparable, but I did find an issue with the fit of the cups. I went and bought a second leather corset, store-bought, but still a good fit, so I didn't have to be without a corset while I got the alterations done. After being used to wearing a corset for a while, I was able to deal with the ready made one's shape, too.
While I was at it, I had the waist taken in another 1.5"
 
I had started at 32", my first corsets were 28". Now I wear a 23" corset everyday and I can close a 21.5" corset for a few hours.
 
In the beginning, I had been wearing my corset in the daytime only, but lacing in that much every morning became tedious, at a certain point I started keeping it on at night. I had a number of corsets made for me by various makers during that time. I now lace 23/7, so I wear a corset 23 hours per day, seven days a week. The one hour per day is for shower or bath.
 


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I have then taken up corset making. The corset on the left is my seventh.
When I found this red silk brocade, I just knew I had to make it into a corset. This is the first corset made from a pattern I drafted myself, from scratch. I used a duct tape dummy to do this. After four alterations, the corset is done. That is a good thing, because I have no fabric left for more alterations!
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Another project was this vampire/goth black PVC corset. I have made some drawings, drafted the pattern and learned to sew PVC. Here is the result.


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As I still had some PVC left over, I made an underbust corset from it.
I made this at 22" and closed it the first time I wore it...


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When I went fabric shopping on Tuesday, this gorgeous black poly/silk brocade is what I found. Needless to say, a corset was soon made from it


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In this one, I have tried to do a couple of things I hadn't done before. The busk is inserted differently from the others, also this corset has a covered busk and rhinestone trim.

My result from the "What corset are you" quiz, linked below:
 
Scarlett
You're a Civil War era corset. You southern belle,
you.

What corset are you?
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