- I've had to put zippers in several corsets for our shows at the park over the past few seasons. Granted, they aren't Elizabethan corsets, they're more modern...but I ended up cutting the fabric between the stays near the back or else under one side (depending on the preference of the designer and whether or not the woman wearing it would be dressing herself or having someone help her). Used #5 zippers in colors that matched (or were close to matching) the corset and used double-fold bias tape to sew over the cut edges to finish them. It's amazing how much wear and tear you can get from a #5 zipper. Yeah, they aren't invulnerable...but if they can stand up to a summer of quick changes into and out of dance numbers for us, I think you'll be okay for a few nights of quick-changing into it for a few minutes of standing on stage. I would trust a zipper a lot more than I would trust Velcro in that situation...
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "Pat Rohrbach" <pattyjo110@...> wrote:
> I have a question for you all, I am making an Elizabethan dress for a plus
> size woman. I am making the size 24 pattern . The pattern calls for grommets
> and lacing but since she needs to get in and out fast I decided to put a
> zipper instead.
- Yes I knew that sorry, not a fan of hook and loop so I will not be using
that. I have the wonder fabric called not sure of spelling - - Foss shape
well it is like foss shape but better, you can sew it and shape it and them
steam it and it hardens to the shape you want. I made the crown for The
Producers out of it and it worked very well. I think I will try that covered
in the same fabric as the bodice with trim yet to be determined. A dear
friend of my who taught costume design at a local university here convinced
me that I will have to make the back of the bodice square and not the v
shape of the pattern in order for the large collar to work . That is what I
was trying to avoid but it is what it is . So I will need to cut a new back
and lining and boning darn it !! Tks for your suggestions and help.
[mailto:TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of vibrina
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2013 5:42 AM
Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Re: boning
I didn't read your post well the first time. I think they call what you want
an open standing ruffs. And they are Elizabethan or Tudor (not Victorian ;-0
I still think you could make one out of paper, though you might want to try
a stiff rice paper or something with a bit of body or even thin plastic. I
would attach it to the costume at the front with hooks on the ends of the
ruff and bars on the dress front. In the back I would put a hook or two
center back on the ruff and bars on the dress. I guess you could do hook &
loop tape instead--I'm not much of a fan of it.
Anyway here's a page with some tutorials on open standing ruffs:
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
<mailto:TheCostumersManifesto%40yahoogroups.com> , "Pat Rohrbach"
>However I would like to make one of those big Victorian collars
> that stand not a ruffle ruff but a stand up hi sort of thing , I don'tknow
> what is called. Any ideas oh and how to attach it to thewant
> bodice quickly. I will be in this dress for 5 min that is all. I don't
> to spend lots of money or time but do want it to pass LOL. Help anyone ??[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> I am supposed to look like Elizabeth the first so the audience instantly
> knows who I am supposed to be.