One of these days when I need a new size or get a commission for a corset, I’m going to re-order Laughing Moon’s Dore & Silverado corset pattern. They switched over to a heavy white paper, like Truly Victorian patterns are, which is so much easier to trace multiple sized patterns off of.
Back when I made my corset from this pattern, I was just doing personal sewing, and it was a tissue paper pattern anyhow, so I cut my own size out. Nowadays, expensive patterns - I always trace a copy off of it. Anyhow, I was looking to the pattern because I’m going to begin soon on Red’s corset.
However, Red’s corset is an underbust.
I’ve only made three overbust corsets before; not fully overbust but just a regular standard corset that goes about mid-bust. I DO already have the Laughing Moon underbust corset pattern from a long time ago; I’ve just never used it yet.
I do worry slighly about whether an underbust would be flattering for me. Like, I’m already busty, and it could make it out of control. Not to mention arm/back flab being pushed up and potentially a problem. I can’t know, though, so I’ll make a mock-up out of duck cotton and see how she rolls.
The thing that kind of sucks, though, is I already have a great pattern for the overbust that fits well. And, I have two busks, (I’ve been meaning to make myself a new corset because my old one has gone through A LOT of wear & tear & repair)… but they are far too long for an underbust. So if I go with the authenticity and do an underbust (only if it’s flattering), I have to purchase a new busk. And while they’re only $10-$15 you gotta include shipping and all that crap - it all adds up.
If the underbust doesn’t work out, I don’t think a mid-overbust corset would be TOO different from the original costume.
I’m not sure if my costuming friends remember that last summer (I think?) I had put my Blue Floral Corset on and it was slightly too big (I had lost weight and I needed it to close about 1/2” to 1” more. WELL, that’s not a problem any more. (SIGH). Although I have been slowly, very slowly losing weight with these new meds (and the previous stress) - it makes my appetite very decreased. I’ve got an almost-too-much 2” to 3” gap going on in the lacing. When I originally made the corset it had about a 1.5” gap which was excellent because it’s adjustable for if you gain or lose a little.
It’s still super comfortable, though - even if it’s tattered now from so much use. It had a good life. And, it wouldn’t be too much different in relation to how much of the bust it reveals. I’ve since taken the lacing off the top (it just looked weird after it stopped lying flat), so more is visible.
Here’s a photo with the blouse to show you what I mean. It already shows a lot of bust…
Then again, you know I haaaaate not being accurate. (In fact, I need to tidy up the shirt a bit - the sleeves are too big for my taste so I’ll make them a bit smaller. I might actually cut out the material behind the lace that’s over the bust, and put a flesh-tone fabric behind it, to make it show more but still cover what it needs to cover.
I still haven’t gotten my skirt fabric in the mail yet, but looking at the swatch compared to everything else, I’m SO happy I went with that choice. Some of you said it might be good that it wasn’t an exact match to the cloak, because it’d be too much red. I think it’s going to be perfect and give better depth. Anyhow, I enjoyed your opinions - so I have a question for all of you -
Do I go with a pattern I already know is comfortable and flattering (AND I have a busk for), or do I potentially waste more time that I might not have and try to get it as accurate as possible?