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Cosplay WIP - West Witch Corset

So, this is draft number two of this corset. I’m using McCalls M7330, which is the Yaya Han overbust corset, because I didn’t want to try drafting one - this is my first time making a full corset.

The biggest starting problem is that the sizing is hilariously wrong. My natural waist is around 35″, which puts me between a 20 and a 22 according to the pattern. Knowing something like this was likely to happen, I looked at the finished garment bustline (the only meaningful measurement given) and picked the D-cup size that was closest to my best, which was a 16

The draft pictured above? Not the 16 - that turned out to be too big to be worth taking in. This, instead, is the 14, which is the smallest size I could cut on the pattern I bought, and if you full-size it, you will notice there is still gaping at the top back and bottom front, even after lacing it totally shut down the back. The waist on the 14 is 34″, and the waist on the 16 was 36″. I’m going to have to take it in another 3-4″ to get actual waist reduction, as well as fixing the gaping. Apparently this pattern assumes that everyone has giant bulges on their back?

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