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Corset-making is my sewing specialty. I am particularly fond of making garments that gently smooth and enhance an individuals natural shape and that provide exemplary bust and back support. I like to call these "working" corsets.

The majority of corsets worn in the past were working-type corsets, not fashion corsets. Most women simply did not sit around wearing fancy, restrictive clothing. Women worked, nursed, and raised children and performed a variety of physical tasks that would not have permitted the wearing of a restrictive garment. Many of these corsets were not "boned" using baleen, but only cord or twine and also featured buttons rather than clasps and were completely flexible.

Fashion corsets are corsets designed more for aesthetic appeal over comfort and support. In this type of corset you will usually find greater waist…

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  • Joined March 7, 2009

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Coutil, silk, linen, corduroy, jean, cotton, hemp, batiste, drill

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About

Corset-making is my sewing specialty. I am particularly fond of making garments that gently smooth and enhance an individuals natural shape and that provide exemplary bust and back support. I like to call these "working" corsets.

The majority of corsets worn in the past were working-type corsets, not fashion corsets. Most women simply did not sit around wearing fancy, restrictive clothing. Women worked, nursed, and raised children and performed a variety of physical tasks that would not have permitted the wearing of a restrictive garment. Many of these corsets were not "boned" using baleen, but only cord or twine and also featured buttons rather than clasps and were completely flexible.

Fashion corsets are corsets designed more for aesthetic appeal over comfort and support. In this type of corset you will usually find greater waist compression in addition to the use of expensive specialty fabric overlays and adornments. Generally and historically speaking, these corsets did not see heavy daily use. That, and the fact that corsets are by nature a long-lasting garment means that most notorious of the antique corsets displayed are of the fashionable variety. Although comparatively very few women laced themselves into extremely small waists, these types of corsets are responsible for the reputation corsets have as a health-hazard.

I like to mix up various corset characteristics depending on the client needs and shape. I prefer to design a corset per the individual rather than choosing a pattern and trying to make the person fit the shape.

Extreme tight-lacing, or training your waist down to more than 5 inches from it's natural state is still practiced by men and women today. If you are interested in a training corset I will happily refer you to a maker. I do not make waist-training corsets. I *can* make corsets for those who have already undergone the training experience. I have no experience in guiding someone through the process of extreme reduction.

A corset of any style should be structurally sound enough to put on, lace up very snugly and last through repeated daily wear for very long time.

A good corset is made skillfully and especially to your unique figure with at least one fitting. In general, the more natural curve you have the more fittings will be necessary to get a perfect fit.

A very large bust can be beautifully supported by a custom-designed and fitted corset!

A perfect fit is crucial for comfort and durability, and for this reason (and because I prefer a hands-on approach to sewing rather than relying on measures) I do not offer custom designs for remote clients. If you are in the Seattle Area and would like to commission a fully custom corset please send me a message.

Thank you for visiting my Etsy shop!

tomi






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