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January 2nd, 2006
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Right then!
Couldn't decide which icon to use "corset short', 'sewing action' or 'head desk'. So I rolled a die. 'Head desk' it is.

Using the C gores in the Silverado, with size 20 for the bust/underbust, 14 for the waist and hips and B gores in the hips (total of four) and some help from auroraceleste (thanks again!) getting into it (and the loan of her stiffer bones for the front) I found that:

1. I end up with the same shape I ended up with my altered Dore. But the Silverado is rather more work.

2. I squish out the top of any corset that has the tension I want at the waist. Fine. Next time I will try a separate lace for the top third of a corset.

But not this time. I am done with the Silverado. DONE I say. phooey.

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From:jimmy_hollaman
Date:January 3rd, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
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this one sounded so neat as well, wished it had worked for you. Better luck on the next one
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From:cherryheavy
Date:January 3rd, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
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I don't like the silverado, either- I find the gores to be excessive and unnessary in the pattern as a whole, and yeah, way too much extra work. For no real extra support.

I think, in this case, this pattern is almost more for asthetics, though it can certainly be modified down into a good hardcore tightlacing corset.

Have you tried any of Past Pattern's stuff?
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From:solan_t
Date:January 3rd, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
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I am conviniced, as you say, the Silverado and the Dore are for asthetics, only. Their basic pattern allows for only 8 inches difference between waist and hip circumfrence, while my natural difference is 10. I actually end up with a BIGGER waist by using the patterns as-is.

I have not tried the Past Patterns, but have heard glowing recommendations from people I feel should know. I suppose I should look into those.
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From:lapis_lazuli615
Date:January 5th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
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I just wish I could ship you to StL to help the 'professional' who is supposed to be making my corset. Apparently she's having problems because of the need to lengthen my top due to a long body/waist.
She said - "i'm having trouble getting the bust to not be so wide after adding the 1 1/2 inches at the top. i made a mockup and the top of it ended up being really broad. so i'm experimenting on how to taper it in so you won't just fall out of the top! "
I ordered this 11 months ago. *sigh* One of these days I'm going to have to have you show me how to make corsets for myself.

Laz.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 5th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
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It didn't end up being nearly as difficult as I expected (making corsets for myself). Current whinging about fitting not withstanding - my current problems all stem from wanting 'tighter! I want it tighter! It's not tight enough!". eheheh

I would be happy to help you, (could you help me put a face and mundane name to you? I see I share about half your friends list with you, but I can't quite place you.)

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From:lapis_lazuli615
Date:January 5th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I'm keeping my mundane name to myself. :)

As for the face though, you'd probably remember it most recently as bouncing on morgaath's bed with you and Chris and seantaclaus at Conflation last November. :) Does that ring a bell?

My biggest problem with fitting is my long torso. Corset waists almost always hit my lowest rib instead of my actual waist, which makes actually getting a waist out of it nigh impossible without showing off nippage. Thus the attempt to have a professional adjust one for me. Which is apparently not working out so good. I'm not necessarily about tighter, per se, but more about shape - you know, actually having a waist as opposed to the straight up and down shape that i have in my daily life.

Laz.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 5th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
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That does help, yes. :)

I do wonder what your seamstress is doing. It's much harder to lengthen the torso while maintaining the same circumference at the top than it is to just extend the lines up, perforce increasing the top circumference.
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From:lapis_lazuli615
Date:January 6th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
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That's the problem actually. She's trying to KEEP the top circumference the same, so I don't fall out of the darn thing, while lengthening the torso because mine is, apparently, exceptionally long.

*sigh*

Funny thing though, I've measured hip to floor and that's 40 inches. So from hip to top, I must be 30 inches. Does that make me long torso'd? Really?

Laz.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 6th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
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I don't know. But I didn't think I was long torso'ed (or perhaps it's low waisted?) until I started into corsetry. Then the reason quite few things fit so poorly started making sense. With corsets, the really important 'long waisted' measurment is the distance between waist and underbust. Look at some of the old corset pictures (or even some new ones) like this

http://www.livejournal.com/userpic/12307868/2415793 (keep in mind that these rarely went above the nipple)

and see how close the bust is to the waist. Not at all like this:

http://pics.livejournal.com/solan_t/pic/0000rkp1

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