Maternity Corset - Almost Done!

Good evening all! I hope this post finds you all well.

I've been busily trying to finish my maternity corset as I have a few reenactments coming up in the next couple of months. Luckily, I won't have any reenactments at the hottest part of the year (or my largest belly phase) so I only need this corset to get me through about 7 months or so. Since it's modified from a standard corset and is designed to bring me back down to a pre-pregnancy size and be in use for nursing, I can't expect it to expand really large.

I took these photos just now, using some old shoelaces to give me some laceups while I await proper lacing to come in. All in all, I'm pretty darn pleased.

Modifications Needed: I created the flaps for nursing without taking the time to mock it up correctly, and the error of my ways is clear. The flaps do not have the correct shape and thus flatten my bustline, making for a really poor silhouette (and probably discomfort once I actually begin nursing. Better to be too large than too small, in my opinion. I can always use padding.

Fit/Comfort: This corset is surprisingly comfortable. I'm wearing it right now as I'm typing this. Besides the bust flaps, I don't think I need to alter the fit at all. There are a few creases here and there, but nothing that cuts into me and nothing that should cause problems after the baby is born. This corset is designed to be lightly boned, so I need to expect a few creases as it lays over my expanding "curves". Not only that, but I loosened the back so that there is ample room to squeeze down more after baby -- I want to keep it snug, but not tight for maternity wear.

Enjoy the photos. (Sorry they're not clearer.)


Lauren said...

That looks great!

Sarah said...

Wow! That looks way awesome! Ah, I wish I had bust flaps in my last corset after trying to nurse the baby a few nights ago. I had to jiggle those things up and out and over and was terribly engorged by the time I got home, due to the tight fit. :( I don't think the sillhouette looks bad at all, and you are right bigger is better (for clothing!) :) when it comes to nursing! You have such great ideas!

Anonymous said...

Hey! That looks so lovely! I was wondering, do you have pictures of the finished corset? :)

lizzie_fitz said...

heyheyhey! that looks awesome!! iv been wanting to make a maternity corset for aaggeeesss, im not and never have been pregnant, but its the area i havnt explored yet.i could never find a pattern and wasnt sure how to go about altering one myself. iv just searched for 'gestational corset' patterns and found a stockist in the UK, so THAAAANKYOU :)


Unknown said...

I would love to have one of these, but I'm nowhere a good enough sticher to do it.
I am in awe. Thanks so much.
Pretty Pregnant Maria

Emily said...

I put up a picture of your maternity corset. I hope you don't mind!