Harlots and Angels ‘Asylum’ corset, in a rather stoosh, pricey patterned coutil from Vena Cava. I cut this out before Xmas, and it sank to the bottom of the sewing pile. Until today. I whizzed the busk in [getting quite good at that] and zoomed all the seams together, carefully measuring the unusually generous 3/4″ seam allowances. IT’S HUGE! Like 5″ bigger than stated, 7″ bigger than my tightest lacing corset.
Back to the pattern instructions in case I screwed up my measuring. Nope. It says in big bold letters ‘this chart shows corset sizes when fully laced closed!…Your natural waist should be approx 5″ larger than the corset.’
Right. I measure [wait for it] 39″ [wince]. I normally lace to 34/35″ quite comfortably. After some debate, and because this will be an outside corset, not undies, I selected the 36″. It is designed to lace closed, not with the usual lacing gap of 2″.
This bugger measures 41″ or more [probably more as it isn’t pressed or anything]
FORTY ONE INCHES! I can actually spin it round.
The pattern only includes three sizes, so even if I trim off down to the smallest size in this pack, It would still be too big.
Abandoned project [and it was going well, the busk insertion was lovely!] while I wait for a reply to my email.
Right, I’m off to cut out the Sew Curvy Sophia, which is supposed to be fab.