I’m so excited to share with you the first step in my process of working with Alicia Rose to have a custom corset made for myself. When you’re communicating with someone on another continent about your body it’s always complicated– but the first step is always measuring. If you’re new to measuring yourself, it can be heard to figure out exactly how to measure. I have some experience with this myself, but Alicia gave me very specific instructions on exactly what she needed to know to make a mock up.
The measurements I gave her were:
Taking measurements can be taxing emotionally as well as being a little tricky. Especially if you have recently gained weight, there can be a feeling that you ‘ought’ to be a certain size and the temptation to fudge or remeasure to get the result you want, rather than the one that exists.
As you might be able to tell from the measurements, I am not a very curvy person and am quite short-waisted, which are both things that will affect the way the corset will fit.
Once the mock up arrived in my apartment, I got to the most exciting bit– trying it on! What this mock up consists of is an unfinished muslin version of the corset with bones inside.
What I had to do once I got the corset on was to determine where (if any) there were fit adjustments to be made and take photos to show Alicia exactly where these issues were. As you can see, the corset waist might have to be made a little bit bigger and there is definitely a bit too much room for my bust.
To show Alicia how to make these changes, I have put in a couple pins at the bust as well as the front and back photos to help her out. Then, I’ve got to pop the mock up back in the mail to send back to her so she can make all the adjustments! I can’t wait to see what she does to turn this rough draft into an amazing final copy!
Do you guys have any questions about this part of the process?