Sep 152013
 

Just as the proper foundations can make or break a building’s structural integrity, so can the proper foundation garments enhance or destroy a given costume. Since I have the shaping garments left over from my wedding, I decided to throw together a little photoshoot to show off what my first outfit looks like plain, then over foundation garments.

The outfit, by itself, to remind you:

before-1

The corset. Head removed because I was making the WORST face.

 

The skirt, with nothing underneath but the usual underwear

The skirt, with nothing underneath but the usual underwear.

The skirt, with nothing underneath but the usual underwear

I had the corset for my wedding custom-made by Mentionables Corsets; they do mail-order as well, but if you happen to live in the Cleveland area, I strongly suggest setting up fittings and so forth. Diana had some great ideas for how to make a corset that flatters my shape better, and the final product was great 🙂

corset-1

From the front. That little tie there helps stop it from gaping open due to my massive cleavage

corset-2

The back, laced up pretty

The petticoat, on the other hand, was standard David’s Bridal issue, though we did alter it a little to fit my hips better.

Corset and petticoat. In proper undergarment style, the petticoat goes OVER the corset, as opposed to steampunk style, which often has the corset as the topmost layer.

Corset and petticoat. In proper undergarment style, the petticoat goes OVER the corset, as opposed to steampunk style, which often has the corset as the topmost layer.

I decided that since the fashion corsets don’t have proper boning, it’d be alright to wear them as an outer garment over the inner, properly boned corset, thus providing the shaping and support of a several-hundred-dollar custom-made corset with the bright colors of a $40 over-shell appropriate for steampunk. Thus, I put the Nettie costume back on over the top of the undergarments you see me modelling above. I don’t like this petticoat for her, but it was handy and it shows the difference quite nicely.

after-1

Upper portion, showing the corset layering. You can’t see it too much, but check the waistline and the curvature. It was also much easier to get the thing on, as it’s a bit small for me.

after-2

The lower portion, showing the way the skirt poofs and folds nicer with some shaping underneath

And there you have it! Stay tuned for next week as I’m currently working on more accessories for Nettie’s two outfits.