Aw, thanks so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying it! :)
From the days when I made bustle gowns almost as much as corsets! Not exactly an accurate reproduction of Mina Murray’s gown from Dracula, but I enjoyed it. Many yards of red silk taffeta that’s still the most money I’ve ever spent on fabric for a project for myself. I’ve done this dress a couple of times, though my own take on it. Someday, if I’m ever this size again, I’ll finish applying the “leaves” on the bodice (which is closed with period accurate hand bound eyelets, thankyouverymuch). I wish I’d had access to more photos when I made this, though I think at the time I was aware it was quite asymmetrical (which was very much in vogue in the 1880s). I just didn’t enjoy asymmetry back then as I do now! I made the little veiled chapeau and lace mitts too.
Photo by Alisha MacDonald, one of my very favourites of the photos she took this day. I’m feeling really drawn to historical reproductions at the moment, so we’ll see where that takes me!
Hopefully you will all not be terribly cross with me for this image-heavy post!
Sometimes I get to make accessories to go with a client’s corset, or just something different to be worn on its own. This is a mini burlesque-style bustle for performer Pixie Trix to be worn with the corset I made her earlier this year. Lots of hand finishing went into this piece, and thusly I have taken an awful lot of pictures documenting it. :)
Turquoise silk dupioni with black pleated ribbon trim accented with turquoise satin ribbon, and black organza ribbon bows.
The caption feature here never works for me, so if you’re interested in my captions, these are also on the company facebook page.
The first one that comes to mind for me is (and you probably saw this coming) Romantasy - the 1901 corset by Sharon. I’ve really been eyeing that particular design since I got started with waist training, so I’m really drawn to it even now. Contour Corsets are also entirely custom and can be created with a conical shape, if requested. Neither of these are cheap, but it’s important to remember that a garment made to fit your body by way of over a dozen measurements shouldn’t be. Both are also made by corsetieres with 15+ years of experience.
I’ve also noticed that the MCC-19 by Mystic City Corsets has a more straight-ribbed shape, and Sylwia, the purveyor, does take custom orders. The Morticia by What Katie Did falls into the same category, though the prices for custom are much higher.
There are certainly many more to add to this list, and most custom corset companies would likely entertain a request for this shape. Would anyone care to add more suggestions?
Since you asked. ;)
Jupiter Moon 3 offers two silhouettes; her “hourglass” is actually what I consider to be conical, and her “sloped curve” is more gentle in silhouette, closer to a soft Victorian hourglass. In her “hourglass” pieces she hand-bends the steels at the waistline to create a more dramatic, angular silhouette. The “wasp waist” training corset from Heavenly Corsets has a conical torso as well, and Morgana Femme Couture can also take requests for a fairly conical ribcage, although their standard pieces are pretty close to it already. And one of my newest favourites, L’Atelier de LaFleur, can accommodate a conical silhouette as well. :)
Aw, thanks Lucy! <3
GET. IN. MY. RANCH.
Two extraordinarily beautiful people wearing extraodinary beautiful things. So much to love! The crowns are especially stunning.
It’s been a long day of #corsetboning
So tough on the hands, isn’t it?
Tipping dies for your press will change your life.
I so wish I could buy them for my press.Farthingales doesn’t sell them anymore, and the Homepro is sooo elusive now. I’ve been looking at getting someone to make them for me! *my pocketbook says ouch*
I feel your pain!
Oh I know, this thing again! Here’s some more detail though:
Several years ago, I had saved a few images of a lattice corset, also known as “A la Grecque” to serve as inspiration for a reproduction at some point. I thought you might all enjoy seeing how my version compares to the antique, which belongs to the collection of Lara of LaraCorsets who has graciously allowed me to share with you. Lara’s documentation of her collection has long served as a valuable resource to the corsetry community, and I’m very grateful to her. I urge you to like her page as she is currently working on making patterns available!
Most notably, I think, are the differences in bust coverage and distribution of the panels. It has been a very long time since I properly fit myself, which is not as easy as one might think! After no less than three toiles, I had something I was pleased with. Quite surprisingly to me, the Victorian shape I started out with did not work properly with my figure, and I wanted something that looked quite Victorian in shape, but would cover the bust more. Still, I think I could likely wear this under a bustle gown should I delve into that again soon. I have also chosen not to make any double casings for this example, though I do like the look of them in the antique.
The conical rib shape is challenging for me to wear, but it was enjoyable and I look forward to breaking it in further. Again, many thanks to Lara!