I really love the neck corset. It fits beautifully and gives the right support for neck training. The application for use is in my opinion to assist in the creation of a long graceful neckline.
I have a long neck from ballet training; and possibly some genetics. Standing in balance. That sort of thing.
Then I show you my turquoise terror – named so because of the headaches I got over working on it into the small wee hours, only having to unpick a lot of it, because I did dumb things like sewed two wrong sides together… *rolls eyes at self*
Heavy Duty Wissner Busk 22.5mm a side (7/8 inch?)
Heavy Duty placket bone at 25mm wide (1.1″)
16 flat bones @ 6mm wide
4 flat bones @ 6mm wide pre-bent
2 flat bones at 18mm wide
oriental brocade fabric
heavy weight fusible woven cotton interface
sheen cotton lining fabric
28 2 part size 0 grommets
*please note the Buckram was only used in the busk and grommet panels and it functions very well instead of using a fused interface, or a woven interface. Buckram is stiffened cotton or linen fabric and is very strong.
I also recommend that you lay your busk and lacing pattern pieces on the fold line of your fabric. For the loop side, I find it best to sew a line either side of the cut you will make to fit the metal loops through, or do button holes.
A seam can’t break, if there’s no seam to break. :-P
So, I unpicked this baby a few times. Firstly I had been burning the midnight oil and put the wrong parts together. Then for adjustments. Then for resetting the busks…it’s a wonder there’s any fabric left after all that. Anyway. Reviewing ones own work is folly, but I did want to show you what I’ve been up to. All the internals of this corset, apart from the busk are harvested from old corsets I’ve dissected in the past.
I buy new busks. It’s entirely worth it considering some of the junk I’ve pulled out of corsets lately. As it stands, my bone harvest is over, and I’ll have to start actually buying new spirals and flat steels. :-P
The bottom part of the corset will flatten out and fit correctly when it’s completely laced. Like I said, I’m not a corset maker by any means, and just cobble together training corsets like this, until something better (now by Ms Paige) comes along. I’m obviously serious about it, but there’s no way I’m offering instructions. Just telling you what I did.