Caroline's corset blog

Musings and progress from Caroline - projects she's working on, tips and tricks, and thoughts on corsetry

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  1. I like to create non-corset patterns on occasion - they never sell in my Etsy shop (millions of patterns out there!) but there are a few 'fallow' months per year in my Patreon offer as I publish a pattern every 6 weeks  - I don't like the idea of patrons not receiving anything so like to issue some different things; articles, hints and tips, and patterns like this tunic top. It is based on the Worth bodice method whereby the bust dart is drafted wide to force the front side panel on the bias - it allows the fabric to skim the hips utilising the slight bias stretch for added flow.

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    As usual I thought it might be a quick design/grading exercise, but it never is!! The listing can be found here; https://www.etsy.com/uk/CorsetsbyCaroline/listing/1029816386/tunic-top-minidress-pattern-this-is-a-35?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1625121707849

     

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  2. I am blown away by the perfection of fit and comfort I have achieved with this one;

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    After years of experimenting I am able to pattern cut and sew to achieve the smoothest of garments - it gives me such a pleasure. 

    I tend to draft up the base pattern at the same time as constructing the final garment. There may still be tweaks to the pattern I need to make at this stage. This one is going to be all about bust support. I am currently using my bra drafting blocks, making paper boobs and creating multiple size variations - each size will have 7-8 bust sizes as an option. I hope to be able to cover the larger sizes as well - up to a G.  It's so much work!

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    I made the cover in velvet and it looks so much more professional. I  was also able to add a little stuffing into the derriere to mimic my bum. It's now a very close fit to my body - just a little short in the totso but that's a very easy pattern modification to do.

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    The pattern is avalable here in my website shop and as an Etsy listing. I have provided it as a half-sized pattern as well - here is a short video of how I use my mini's for pattern development; 

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