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    If you have ever wondered why there is a dearth of sizes when trawling through on-line patterns, the following set of photographs might go some way to explaining (in layperson terms) why this is. It is down to the huge number of variables. I spent months a few years ago grading bra patterns and incorporating them into my cupped corset patterns - Abi and the Crescent designs accommodate a large number of cups but they still fall short on some of the super bust sizing. I attempted to go further with Pippa but that isn't a cupped design.

    The Merry Widow that I am currently working on is an adaptation of Abi - there are differences in the panel shapings because of the incorporation of stretch materials, but I have reused my wire/ cup/ CF seam lines. I added up all the corset sizes/ wire & cup scenarios and there are 170 variables. It's why a lot of pattern designers stop at an E cup - it's a daunting task.






  2. I haven't done a design specifically for men so thought it was about time! I give you the men's waistcoat-inspired corseted vest;


    This mock up is not corseted as my partner isn't into cinching but the pattern is available in two cinch sizes - a standard and -2''. 


    Most of my commissions have been for men and I have just completed an 'Ursula' corset for a client that will form part of the Little Mermaid character ensemble. The client is an American guy who was in London for a week so there was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing regarding fitting. It was incredibly hard work but I was delighted wth the result. Male bodies are not easy to feminise and padding is required in all the right places. In the absence of an obvious waist it is imperative to position the corset corectly before lacing down.