I sometimes create non-corset designs - just to make a change! I wrote earler in the year about my crescent collection that I developed as part of my fashion diploma and now I have finally got around to creating a pattern for the skirt part of the project. A simple darted skirt is one of the easiest things to pattern cut - it was the first garment I learned to pattern. My design isn't quite as simple as this! It uses panelling to create the shaping including one slim panel that extends from the centre front to almost the centre back and allows for unusual fabric juxtapositions. In this one it is pink leather inserted into Harris tweed;
I'm just getting it tested out by 3 patrons of mine and if it works out OK for them I'll get it published through Etsy.
I create one pattern per month and often there isn't time to complete a sample properly so I often leave them unfinished with the idea that I 'might' finish them at a later date. It never happens of course...I will finish them just sufficiently to take an OK picture of them. This month though I am so super proud of my design that I wanted to make something beautilful, so I finished it (see pics below).
I had thought that introducing a pattern with so many cup sizes would be popular, how wrong I was! Nobody is buying, and it's taken me months to design and perfect which I'm really sad about. It's a tough business this one!
If you are interested in this one it can be purchased here; https://www.etsy.com/uk/CorsetsbyCaroline/listing/719451036/corset-pattern-abi-a-multi-cup-sized?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1567774765232
or it is avilable for patrons on Patreon until the end of September 19 for just $5 (if you become a member).
In my quest to increase the size variables in cupped corsetry I have been wanting to first get a bra pattern out. I took a course in bra making a few years ago and have made 4 or 5 of my own bras but I had always used a commerical pattern. And guess what, they were never comfortable!
So I have spent the last two months or so teaching myself how to grade bra patterns using Beverly Johnson and Shin's text books, and Youtube. The complicated radial grading didn't appeal so I decided to make every size individually. I've managed 50 sizes so far and there is probably another 50 to go!
I want makers who use my pattern to think about the size and shape of the breast and use the direct measurements of the cup (bottom cup depth and cross cup depth) against the frame (wire cradle)/ band to result in a perfect fitting bra.
The pattern I made for myself does not actually team the 'appropriate' cups with the 'appropriate' band as I realised when drafting that I had probably been wearing the wrong wire all these years (but the cups were always too large with a larger wire). The result was that I teamed smaller cups with the larger wire (frame/cradle) and adjusted the top cup so that it was flush with the top of the frame. I have included an instruction sheet in the pattern that shows how this is done. The result was a perfect fitting bra!
I'm now going to take the cradle (frame) that I've developed for these 50 sizes and insert them into a corset body. I'll keep the straps I think for this next cupped design - i t means some of the larger sizes will then be fully supported.