Here it is! I’ve tucked some padding into the hips, pending making the proper pads, just to show off the outrageous silhouette. The laces will be sorted out so that I don’t have to have two miles of cord tucked around me, but I don’t think there’s any avoiding the need for setting them very loose so that I can get my fat belly inside in the first place.
I started off with some wadding tucked into the bust too, but then sat wearing it for 20 minutes, and found that it could be laced a bit tighter, then I didn’t need the padding. It’s drawn in just a mite at the top edge with the drawstring ribbon. I could probably have made those gores very slightly smaller, but I’m not fussed, a bust improver will do fine!
My waist is reduced just an inch or two, but the rearrangement of my squish results in the requires exaggerated hourglass figure, with 10-11″ difference between bust/hips and waist. Result! There is, as you can see, a fair bit of room to lace in further if I feel the need- which is unlikely. I’m out of practice with corset wearing, but it feels comfortable, even for sitting down.
I’m wearing it over my silk chemise and tights here- I obviously need to make some drawers and wear this with all the correct underpinnings, including stockings, or possibly long socks, or I’ll never be able to go to the loo!
Remember, I’m not actually going for period authenticity, but to get the shape I want for some of my planned steampunk outfits, I need the correct foundations. I don’t think I’d wear this for an ‘ordinary’ perambulation, [too much tea and cake] but it will be great for extra specials.