Your wardrobe needs an upgrade. You’ve either lost or gained weight, and nothing fits anymore. Unfortunately, you don’t have the bucks to engender a lofty shopping spree. I have the perfect fix for any such occurrence, and depending on what’s in your closet, and in your sewing kit – it may not cost you a cent.
Corseting with a greater purpose?
Corseting, even the “faux” variety, is a current fashion and beauty trend that simply never seems to go out of style. You can also use “faux” corseting to alter nearly any item residing in your currently ill-fitting wardrobe, and transform it into something that is once again wearable. You may also find you wind up with items that are far more attractive on you than they were when they fit properly.
Simple faux corseting
My method is simple. If you have an item that is too big, just add a few loops, or grommets (depending how much effort you want to put into it), add some sturdy lacing, which can be either bought or made, and cinch it up! If you have an item that is too small, simply add a strategically placed coordinating fabric panel, preferably one with a bit of “stretch”, then add lacing as above for the “corset” effect.
I have used both of these methods, and similar variations to create completely new wardrobes for myself, and do simple alterations for friends, I have used such “corseting” to create pageant winning gowns and prom dresses that cost little or nothing for my daughter, and design costumes for my characters at the haunted house where I work.
Most pleasing of all is the fact that I have used these methods to costume countless school plays, year after year, with children and teens of various shapes and sizes, using the same costumes over and over again. Even more amazing is the fact that no one even knew they were looking at the same costumes year after year.
As you can see, faux corseting is useful for many divers projects. When a simple process can serve such variant purposes, and can go to either end of the spectrum in the field of quick alteration, why not give it a try? It could save you massive amounts on your wardrobe, you could have clothes you prefer to their original form, and you may even have fun in the process.