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I recently ordered a nun costume for Halloween, and I’ve been thinking about all the times I’ve worn other costumes. When I was a teenager, I wore a corset almost every day. It made my waist look smaller, and it was comfortable to wear. I remember once when I got asked to go to a costume party with a group of friends. We all decided to dress up as nuns. At first, I wasn’t sure that this was such a great idea, but then it occurred to me that my corset would be just right for such an occasion. So that night, I put on my corset and then my nun costume and went off to the party.
When people ask me why I like wearing costumes so much, I tell them that’s an easy question to answer: because they’re fun! It’s true: there’s nothing quite as exciting as dressing up in a costume and going out in public. You get so much attention when you’re wearing something different from what everyone else is wearing! People are always asking me questions about my costumes: “Where did you get that?” “How did you do that?” “Who made it for you?” And then of course there are all the looks–from people who are impressed by your creativity and
Corsetmaking is a trade with a long and rich heritage, but it is also a craft that is constantly evolving. New techniques and materials are developed all the time, and trends come and go. But at the end of the day, corsetmaking is still about getting the most out of some fabric, steel bones, thread, and a pair of hands.
We can look to the past for inspiration, but we should not be afraid to try new things. The world would be a pretty boring place if everyone just did the same thing over and over again.
The goal of this blog is to share my experiences with corsets and other clothing. I’ll talk about how I approach my work in general, but also about specific projects.
My name is Mary. I’m a corset maker and costumer currently living in the Bay Area, California. I’ve been making corsets for about six years and I’ve got more than a hundred under my belt. I love what I do, and sometimes I wonder if it’s wrong to enjoy it so much.
This blog documents some of the things I’ve made, with the occasional tutorial along the way.
I’m sure you’ve all been dying to know more about the nun costume I purchased. The pattern is Simplicity 4975, view 3. It’s a very easy pattern to use; I think it took me less than an hour from start to finish (not including construction).
My only complaint about the costume is that it’s too long for me! I’m not used to wearing waterproof shoes with a heel and didn’t compensate for the extra height when measuring myself for the length of the dress. But once I hemmed it up a bit, it was perfect.
The fabric I chose was a polyester knit with a sheen on one side and matte on the other. This made sewing easy because there was no need to finish any edges as they would not ravel. I also purchased 1/2 inch elastic and some hook & eye tape to close the front of the dress. The pattern calls for buttons and button holes, but they would have taken too long and been tricky because of the stretchiness of my fabric.
You can’t create a nun costume without first knowing what a nun is. A nun is a member of a religious community of women that live in cloistered monasteries. The word “nun” comes from the Greek “Nyne”, which means “young woman”. There are two main types of nuns: canonesses and enclosed nuns. Canonesses take vows of celibacy, poverty, and obedience to God. They are enclosed within their monastery and wear the habit (a nun’s uniform).
I have always been fascinated by corsets. Not just because of the shapely hourglass shape they create, but because of the history behind them. A friend of mine is a historian, and she has educated me on the history of corsets, which I now pass on to you.
The modern corset (sometimes called a corselet) is an article of clothing that has been around since the 16th century. It was originally used to hold and train a woman’s torso into a desired shape for aesthetic or medical purposes (either for the duration of wearing it or with a more lasting effect.) Corsets are typically constructed of boning covered with fabric and lacing and can reduce waist size by up to two inches.
Our ancestors had different ideas about what women should look like than we do today. Nowadays, society’s ideal woman is young, slender, fit and healthy. However, in the past, women were supposed to be rounder, softer and curvier in certain areas. The most important feature was the bustline: women used whatever means necessary to enhance their breasts as much as possible. They also tried to minimize their waists in order to have a wide bust and hip area: this was known as an “hourglass figure