Here’s the corset by Adixxtion Designs. You can see how the exaggerated shape of the boning really gives me a pronounced waist. If you’re not an experienced corset wearer, you might think that this is uncomfortable. In reality, because it’s been made specifically for my body, it’s one of the most comfortable costumes I own and certainly the corset I can wear for the longest time. It’s also a very unique design, with the unusual placement of the suspender straps (four at the front, two at the back) making it extra fun to wear!
Fi applied the black lace applique over the red velvet, to make the corset look more sumptuous. The pasties and merkin I use for this act are made from black lace appliqués with red rhinestones, so I decided to emulate that look by applying stones of my own to the corset, picking out the details in the lace as I like to do in 3 and 4mm red rhinestones. Unfortunately, the initial choreography followed by performance was hard on the delicate velvet, and the seams of the corset started to show signs of wear - especially along the edges of the boning channels. So I have gone back over any weak points with some hand sewing, and reinforced the sewing by applying more rhinestones over the top. To keep the look of contrast, I went for black stones in 5 and 3mm size, in small lines along the first and last couple of inches of the seams by the boning channels. I didn’t want to go along the entire channel, as when the bones deform when the corset is worn, stones tend to shed more easily as pressure is put on them. I think that using hotfix stones along the re-sewn seams will strengthen them further, by helping to stick the fabric together with the glue.