After some five years of waist training, I have finally decided to begin the daunting task that is learning corset making. I am not new to sewing but there is something about the required steel boning that I find intimidating. Having always had a near paralyzing fear of failure, it’s taken me this long to muster my courage.
The impetus for this undertaking is a lack of satisfaction with OTR corsets and a lack of funds to order a bespoke piece. I already have most of the tools I need, including a good quality dress form and the kit to pad it out to my dimensions. I’ve been using this form in a not entirely accurate way because when I bought it I just wanted to “do the thing”. I was not overly careful about the measurements and accepted close enough as near perfect.
Given the complexity of corset construction and the incredible importance of dimensional accuracy, today I again took all of my measurements and reset my dress form for a truer representation of my figure. I also pinned ribbons to the form representative of the measurement lines so I will be assured those reference points will stay consistent throughout the course of my projects.