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dani
12-04-2003, 10:39 PM
Heya all

After months of work today I finished building MY CORSET! It's the first time I take a sewing piece so difficult so you can see I'm really excited.

This is not something you would pick up on a shelf at Kmart. Don't let its humble appearance fool you. This baby has a duck canvas core, bemberg lining on the inside for sliding and swimsuit lining on the outside for color and texture. It includes over 20 stainless steel bones, including lacing bones, and over 7 metres of lacing.

I started with a historic pattern, but made many modifications, adjustments and customization on the way. Once I think about it, the amount of time, effort and money that this baby took was incredible. If I had to quote it for someone else the price would be ridiculous.

Of course I could write a book with everything I did wrong with it, but that's all part of the learning experience.

So what are you waiting for? Go check it out at my gallery!

Huggs

Dani

Pendrell
12-04-2003, 11:22 PM
Dani, you amaze me.
That's some CRAZYmad work you did, and it was definitely worth it. Ha ha, I really don't know what else to say... it boggles my everlovin' mind how well that corset works for you. *l*

dani
12-04-2003, 11:38 PM
Dani, you amaze me.
That's some CRAZYmad work you did, and it was definitely worth it.

Seriously... The cosplay community is the first place I find where my skills are appreciated and recognized. I should have landed here years ago...


Huggs...

Dani

Karisu-sama
12-05-2003, 12:31 AM
Oh, wowsa, Lady Dani!

Now I KNOW what costume I think you ought to make next: -- an EGL-style (Elegant Gothic Lolita) dress to show off those great curves!! :)

dani
12-05-2003, 12:53 AM
Now I KNOW what costume I think you ought to make next: -- an EGL-style (Elegant Gothic Lolita) dress to show off those great curves!! :)

Sounds yummy!.. I'll add it to the queue. First I must do both Sailor Venus SeraMyu uniforms for the performance I've been recruited to. That'll probably take a few months at my speed.

Hugs,

Dani

Ookami
12-05-2003, 02:02 AM
Wow! That's amazing! ^o^

I just wish I could make things like that...>.<;;

Well...I guess I'll have to try my hardest...I'm only 13, so I have got an excuse for being useles...*cries* ;o;

dani
12-05-2003, 10:22 AM
Even when the Gallery button is momentarily disabled, you can still visit my gallery on this kink:

http://images.cosplay.com/showgallery.php?ppuser=11502&cat=500

My bad luck for posting the pics just when the board goes for repairs...

Pochi
12-05-2003, 05:19 PM
Seriously... The cosplay community is the first place I find where my skills are appreciated and recognized. I should have landed here years ago...

I'm speaking for myself here, but I don't personally know anyone who crossdresses outside of crossplaying. To use a few cliches- It's been like feeling my way around in the dark, and I know I've had to reinvent the wheel more than once.

I think (but I don't know) that a lot of others on this forum are in the same boat. </cliche> So when someone of your talent and experience is willing to share their knowlege, we can really appreciate it. So, personally, I'm gald you're here. ^_^

And speaking of sharing- where'd you get the supplies to make your corset?

dani
12-05-2003, 05:55 PM
So when someone of your talent and experience is willing to share their knowlege, we can really appreciate it. So, personally, I'm gald you're here. ^_^

And speaking of sharing- where'd you get the supplies to make your corset?

I wouldnt say as much as talent. It's been years of trial and error. Looooots of errors on so many levels. I have pics of my dressing tests back from 92, all the way to the ones I took yesterday. On the other hand, photographic cameras are funny, meaning that sometimes they enhance things we want to hide (i delete those), but also sometimes they dilute problems (those pics I post)

Regarding supplies, letmesee: duck canvas, lining and swimsuit lining at fabric stores. I've been checking prices for months and jumped to the chance when they went on special.

I used standard thread, put some bones into the channels formed by the serged flat-fell seams and for the bones where i didn't have seams I used bias tape for piping.

The eyelets are also somewhat standard, with the manual pliers, and the lacing is the strongest sweeshy cord I could find.

The metal parts were more difficult. I found ONE local supplier for bones and the front busk. Got the bones from him but he was asking $30 for the busk, so I went online and found it for $16 at Farthingales. They shipped in a couple of days and since they are also from Canada, we didn't have to mess with duty, customs, and so on. On their site I also found something called "lacing bones", which helped a lot on the back part. Pressing the eyelets through them plus all the layers of fabric was tough. Don't forget that's at least three layers, plus doble canvas on some parts, plus folds.

For future projects I found steel snake roll (like for unclogging drains) which can be cut to size for the bones. Ah: every bone has a different size and had to be cut with a bolt cutter after the corset was done and a "tip" applied to it.

The top and bottom trims are regular white bias tape.

As you can see I didn't go for fancy. Just looked for the most plain material without compromising at all in function and strenght. It is not meant to be seen when worn, so no shiny fabric, no ribbons or any decoration whatsoever.

Anything else.. just ask


Dani

LunarYoma
12-05-2003, 11:12 PM
Heya all

After months of work today I finished building MY CORSET! It's the first time I take a sewing piece so difficult so you can see I'm really excited.

Dani


good job. as for making a corset(dont know how), if i could get the cost of materials down below under 200 to 300$, then i would consider making one(if i knoew how that is) otherwise id stick to buying them.


I got my first corset several months ago. It cost me 180$ I love it. I had a natural slouch when i walked(which looked like i had a small hump on my back), the corset corrected that after about 2 weeks wearing it.

engrish
12-05-2003, 11:24 PM
woo hoo good job. :bigtu:

Lottie
12-07-2003, 03:48 PM
Wow, that's really neat!!! I have been wanting to make a corset for awhile now but I havent gotten around to it ^_^;; Yours is awesome though Dani, very cool. Was it expensive to make?

dani
12-07-2003, 05:12 PM
Yours is awesome though Dani, very cool. Was it expensive to make?

Thanks for the congrats.

The fabric itself wasn't that expensive. There is not much of it, I chose basic materials and waited till they were on sale. The problem is the accesories. Now that everything is over I'm afraid of totalling my costs. I'd be scared :).

But the biggest cost was time. It has lots of details that you can't skip if you want to be pleased with the outcome.

Paraphrasing someone... "I'd pay a million dollars for the experience, but I wouldn't do it again even if you pay me a million dollars"

marsie
12-07-2003, 06:47 PM
Dani!
You go! You have better curves then me. *note to self...make corset*

I couldn't see you as a EGL....but if you look for an artbook, it is the KamiKaze Kaitou Jeanne artbook. Some of the costumes in there....are definatly your style.

Very streamline and elegant. I just don't think you would look good in lace and frills.

Beautiful Job!

Hitori
12-07-2003, 10:43 PM
Wowie! You make a hot chick *^.^*
The corset is _amazing_ you're veri convincing^_^

momo_anzu
12-08-2003, 03:47 PM
My fav pic is the one where you have your hair up and are in front of the xmas tree. I also like the one after it, with the light blue dress. :) You make a very convincing lady, hehe. Love the hips, hehe. And how on earth do you get such a nice chest?! Lol. Duck-tape, you say? Ahh......and nice corset!!

dani
12-08-2003, 05:08 PM
My fav pic is the one where you have your hair up and are in front of the xmas tree.

That hairdo set me back $70. It was my own xmas present. The funny thing was to do the lineup and registration of the hotel room (where the party was going to be) with that hairdo but with EVERYTHING ELSE (face, clothes) in BOY mode.

Seeyou....

Dani

DarkindDreamer
12-10-2003, 01:09 AM
ahh... great job.. i love me some corsets...
i have 4 i believe 1 black leather one, a black satin one, an olive green one.. and my white satin one.. all made by myself.

i wear the white one the most.. it's made in a 1950's style.. a pattern i ended up drafting myself.. it has a low cut back and goes down onto the hips and has a bra type front. it works well for just about anything since it has the low cut front. and it sux me in about 4+ inches. i use it for all my evening gowns.

Eleryth
12-10-2003, 07:34 PM
I meant to post before... but dude, you have some sexy legs!

You make one awesome woman. Got a great body for it, too.

I wish I had those legs... man..... *looks down at flabby thighs and tummy* :waaaah:

The corset is awesome. Keep up the amazing work! And I notice you live in the GTA... you seem really cool. If I were home it'd be neat to meet up at a con or something. Ah well...maybe in a few years! :)

dani
12-10-2003, 07:45 PM
I meant to post before... but dude, you have some sexy legs! You make one awesome woman. Got a great body for it, too.
The corset is awesome. Keep up the amazing work! And I notice you live in the GTA... you seem really cool. If I were home it'd be neat to meet up at a con or something. Ah well...maybe in a few years! :)

Thanks for the compliments. They really mean a lot. It took me long time to find a community where my craft is appreciated.

I am in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and don't know almost any other local cosplayer. I take my pics with a timer because I don't have anybody close by to setup a photo-meet. Whenever you are in the area feel free to send me a message.

Seeyou..
dani

TammyKitten
12-16-2003, 10:59 AM
I would love to take you to dinner and a movie sometime, if you didn't think it would be awkward and all seeing how were both guys? But honestly I don't see a guy when I look at you. Sure there is a guy there but you would have to be blind to not realize you were meant to be a woman.

dani
12-16-2003, 04:04 PM
I would love to take you to dinner and a movie sometime.

Can my wife and kid come too?

Luckily the 1000 miles between Toronto and Minnesota make it unnecessary to think of a more serious response.

Seeyou

Dani

TammyKitten
12-18-2003, 03:07 PM
Thats to bad, you really make an attractive woman...

dani
12-21-2003, 02:30 AM
I just wanted to share with you all that my most viewed picture ("Everything is fake")has passed 1000 vews, and my whole gallery totals over 4300 hits in its short existence (less than a month).

Just to make it clear, I don't consider this any kind of popularity contest. The reason I'm happy abput this is because I associate "views" with "interest", and "interest" with "acceptance", which is very important to my self esteem.

So glad I found this place...

Cheers....

Dani

Kuri-chan
12-21-2003, 12:55 PM
Congratulations Dani Ė thatís an achievement!

I havenít mentioned it before, but I must say I really admire your work. You look great! I hope Iíll be able to learn some of the skills youíve shared, and put them to my own use. *^_^*

You have been a real inspiration for me. Iíve been a costumer myself for a while, but too shy to try out cosplay till I found this sight. Maybe Iíll put up a few of my older costume pics (not cosplay, but defiantly cross-costuming).

This is a great community. Iím in the same boat as you Ė I wish Iíd found this group a long time ago! Now that I have, Iíve got my work cut out for me. No excuses left, nea. ^_-

-Kuri

Ranma 1-2
05-21-2008, 12:27 PM
Ah, found this thread linked from one of your photos. I guess here is where I should be talking to you instead of leaving looong comments on those photos. Pleas excuse me - I am still getting used to how things work around here (still quite new).

So, I still haven't finished rumaging through all your gallery shots but I've seen enough to really appreciate what you have accomplished. Boy you are a prolific costume maker and I admire the work that have put into into making them! I also admire your free spirit and how you are not afraid to go with what you want. (I'm glad your wife is also supportive).

Great costumes, and great crossplaying!

It took me a good few pages before I knew for certain you were a guy - the giveaway.. is the page showing how you do it! :D Otherwise to me you could be a girl with dark eyebrows!
Thanks again for sharing how you do the curves and cleavage. That is amazing. ..So amazing that I want to give it a go.

I have a question here - Does the corset have to be a different shape than the available womens type to pull us guys in? Like, do the girls corsets not work for our shape for some reason?
I ask because I am tempted to buy a ready made corset off e-bay.
But since you went to great lengths and custom made your own I am guessing for some reason womens corsets are shaped differently?
Should I save my money and start making my own?