This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, May 26 2019 4:38 AM UTC +00:00.
Who am I? Why do I want to share this book?
My name is Lucy, and I have been making corsets for over a decade. I believe corset making is an art form, and I am very passionate about what I do.
For several years now I have wanted to share my knowledge and work in a book, but until recently I had not got any ideas which had not been covered by other books on the subject. In 2018 while working on my Bachelor’s thesis I decided to take a break from custom commissions. This short break extended further when I started an MA and decided that I would rather dedicate the sewing time I have to my own projects.
I found having the freedom to create things for fun inspiring, and whilst working on projects of my own the idea began to form for a corset making book which is different to those already on the market.
I have written for the corset making website Foundations Revealed for many years now, and for the past year I have also been writing for an archaeology magazine and creating detailed tutorials for my own Patreon. Writing is something I enjoy, and which I am good at – the samples of text and tutorials I have shown to people so far have had very positive feedback and encouraged me to pursue this project further.
- Paperback book detailing three projects - an underbust, an overbust with gores, and a cupped corset
- Half scale multi-sized pattern for each project
- Approximately 150 full colour pages on high quality paper
- Step by step instructions, tips, and tricks with lots of photographs to help guide you through each project including construction and embellishment (approx 30-40 pages per project)
- Projects suitable for all skill levels
- Professional images of each finished project modeled by Threnody in Velvet
- Two additional professional images per project modeled by Threnody in Velvet showing ways the pattern can be adapted
- Bonus section of a more specialized technique which can be used for each project
- PLUS: Now the campaign has reached the stretch goal, an extra project (overbust with winged top edge) including half scale multi-sized pattern, detailed step by step instructions, and pictures just like the other projects will be included.
I have named my book Waisted Creations: A Modern Corset Making Guide, because Waisted Creations is the name I have shared my work as for over a decade. Rather than a general guide to sewing corsets, or a resource for historical reproductions, my book presents three of my most popular corsets as projects which will teach the reader a wealth of techniques for both sewing and embellishing corsets and guide them through the process of creating beautiful modern corsets. Each project is described in great detail with all the information needed to recreate the project at home, and approximately 40 pages of text and images.
My book is more than a step by step guide for corset construction, it dives into the myriad of techniques which are used by modern corset makers, and offers tips and advice on things such as what type and width of boning to use. All of the projects come with a graded multi-sized pattern which is printed at half scale in the book so that the reader can sew the corsets at home.
Sample of the multisized patterns in progress.
The projects have been carefully selected from my extensive archive of designs to both appeal aesthetically to a broad range of people, and to cater to a range of skill levels. I am confident that everyone from beginner to advanced will find something interesting to work on in this book.
Furthermore, my book is up to date with the most modern trends and techniques in corset making and presents techniques such as laser cutting corsets in the form of ‘bonus’ sections which can be used in conjunction with the projects, but are not necessary if the reader is not yet ready to try them out.
Sample page from one of the bonus tutorials in the book
The projects I have chosen for the book are:
The Albertine Underbust
Albertine corset modeled by Threnody in Velvet
Working with corsetry mesh
Cutting out fabric with a rotary cutter
How to mirror lace
Hand making boning channels and binding
Inserting a busk using the buttonhole method
Sewing an under-busk
Machine sewing binding
Setting eyelets with vario-pliers
Bonus – cutting patterns out with a laser cutter
Our Lady of the Angels (overbust with bust gores)
Our Lady of the Angels modeled by Threnody in Velvet
Hand sewn binding
Hand operated eyelet press
Sewing a busk and back panel with a facing
Internal boning channels
Bonus – adjusting gores
La Sylphide modeled by Threnody in Velvet
Closed front corsets
Sewing padded cups
Lace applique (cutting and hand stitching)
Foot operated eyelet press
Bonus creating a cupped corset pattern from an overbust and a bra
Along with these tutorials each project has photographs of two corsets made from the same pattern provided, and comments about what was changed and how the pattern can be used. These have all been completed, and most of them have been photographed. Our Lady of the Angels is going to be remade from different fabric with a front busk, and will then become one of the two samples for that project.
The Project Goal
The goal of this project is to raise the funds to finish the tutorials to a professional standard, and have the book printed.
A break down of how the funds will be used is as follows :
Printing and shipping the books:
The largest percentage of the funds will go to having the books printed and shipped. I have already done thorough research on my options for printing the book, and have found a UK based printer who are very high quality and reasonably priced for a small batch of books. This also includes an ISBN and barcode so the book can be sold elsewhere if I raise enough to buy extra copies. The book will be A4 sized, approximately 150 pages long, in full colour, and on high quality paper.
Materials and hardware:
The materials and hardware needed for the samples will be funded largely by the Kickstarter. Some of the materials – such as the lace – will come from my own supplies.
Photographing the Tutorials:
I will be photographing the tutorials with a Canon 450D, with the help of an assistant. I have budgeted for a set of lights to ensure the pictures are clear and well lit, and for an external hard drive to back up all the files.
Proofreading and edits:
The printer I have chosen provide a hard copy of the book to proofread. I will use this to check for quality, and make any edits based on this. I will be sending the digital files to a professional proofreader to check spelling and grammar.
Photographing the Finished Corsets:
Two of the projects (Albertine and La Sylphide) are already professionally photographed. I will be remaking the corsets and photographing them for the tutorials. The third project Our Lady of the Angels will not be in the book as it is – I am remaking the corset from a similar fabric with a busk at the front to demonstrate how to insert a busk with a facing. The finished sample corset needs professionally photographing. I will be sending the finished corset to Threnody in Velvet as she is the model and photographer for all of the other professional images in the book, and I know she will do an incredible job and complete the images in time.
Three further corsets (two of the overbusts with gores, and one cupped corset) are already complete, but need photographing professionally. I have chosen the extra examples very carefully, and they are not just eyecandy. They have valuable information and show just how versatile the patterns in the book are. Part of the joy of this book is the fact it is as much a coffee table book as an educational resource – I think it is important to have these corsets photographed by Threnody in Velvet for consistency so all the images work together.
Therefore, I have budgeted for four professional photo shoots including at least one edit per shoot.
One of the finished corsets which needs photographing - this combines elements from all three projects
Now that we have reached the first stretch goal, I am able to include on extra project!
Blue Velvet modeled by Threnody in Velvet
How to sew a pointed top edge
Working with velvet
Embellishment with crystals and spikes.
Bending flat steels
Bonus - 3D printing elements, adding detachable straps/ suspenders
At the moment, I have a few options - I am getting quotes at the moment and looking in to which one is most viable.
Some options include:
- Higher quality paper
- More pictures
- Designating some of the grading (making into multiple sizes) of patterns to someone else to make my job easier
Crowdfunding can be confusing if you are not familiar with the concept, but I have tried to make the reward tiers easy to understand.
You are pledging to help me fund and finish the book, and have it printed. If I reach my target of £4600 the campaign will be successful, I will receive the funds, and I can finish the book. If I don't reach the target, the campaign will be unsuccessful and you will not be charged anything.
You can think of this as a way to support and pre-order the book, with the opportunity to get some exciting extras which won't be available after the campaign ends.
The rewards have been carefully chosen, and I have tried to offer things to appeal to people who are interested in making corsets, as well as people who are more interested in owning a book with gorgeous pictures of lovely corsets.
Available rewards are as follows:
1. Thank you. Everyone who pledges will be thanked in the book, and support starts at £5.
2. Copy of the book. Everyone who pledges £35 or more will receive a copy of the book. The first five people to pledge £35 will also receive an A4 print of Threnody in Velvet in one of the 3 main corsets, so look out for the "Early Bird" option on the right hand side to see if there are any left! You get to pick which print you receive.
3. Copy of the book and one A4 print of Threnody in Velvet in one of the 3 main corsets. After the "Early Bird"copies are all gone, you can still get a copy with an A4 print for £10 extra. You get to choose which print to receive.
4. Copy of the book with full size PDFs of the patterns. These will be sent digitally, arranged on an A3 layout and can be printed on A3 paper, or on A4/letter by using a program such as Adobe Acrobat. This is aimed at people who want to make the corsets, without having to scale up the half scale patterns which will be in the book.
5. Copy of the book, full size PDFs of the patterns and .dxf files for laser cutter. The .dxf files will be laid out for A2 size, and one size per file so that they can be cut out with no adjustments.
6. Copy of the book and A4 prints of Threnody in Velvet in all three main projects, or one A3 print of Threnody in Velvet in one of the main projects. You can choose whether you want A4 prints of all three main projects, or one A3 print of a project of your choosing.
7.Copy of the book, full size PDF and .dxf files of the patterns OR three A4 prints OR one A3 print, and one of the three sample corsets produced for the book. These are each listed separately, and are priced differently. The measurements of each corset are listed in the information for the rewards.
Sample .dxf (laser cutter) file for one of the patterns
Late April - May : Launch of the Kickstarter - we have 30 days to raise the funds.I will continue working on the text for the tutorials.
June: I will be completing the text part of the tutorials. It takes around 21 days to receive funds after a successful campaign, but as soon as I have received the money I will be ordering the supplies for the samples. I will also be sending the corsets which are already finished to be photographed. I will finish grading and neatening the PDF patterns.
July: In July I will be sewing the sample corsets and photographing the tutorials. This part is already set in stone as I am working at my studio in Coventry and have an assistant on standby to help photograph the tutorials. The sample corset(s) will then be sent to be professionally photographed. At this stage I will also collect information such as email addresses from all of my backers, and send out PDF files of the patterns. Any samples bought by backers will be sent out at the end of the month. I will be working on preparing the laser cutter files, which is particularly time consuming.
August- September :The final stretch! I will be adding pictures to the tutorials as well as arranging the professional images within the book. I may need some help from my wonderful supporters in choosing things like the cover art. I will have the hard proof done, which will allow me to make sure everything looks good in person, and the digital files will be sent to be professionally proofread. Any necessary edits will be made. The laser cutter files will be sent out to any backers whose reward includes them.
October: The finished books will be sent out!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk of any Kickstarter is that it will not be finished in time. At the moment I have 60 pages of the predicted 150 written, and an outline for the remainder. I do not foresee this taking longer than I anticipate, because I have already set aside most of July to work on this – I am working from my studio where some of my specialist tools are (e.g foot operated press) and I have both childcare, and help photographing the tutorials with professional equipment arranged.
I am confident that I will be able to complete this in the timeframe given. I know that Threnody in Velvet is extremely professional and will finish the images in time, and the printers I have chosen are very highly rated with a quick turnaround time.
- All gone!