I agree with PinkWeeds. Metal boning is the way to go. I am curious as to why you cannot get boning online? I know Ebay has it. If none of this is a good solution for you, maybe you can check thrift shops for old corsets that you can skype the boning out of, or ask family and/or friends if they have an old one that they would donate to the cause. I will tell you that boning is hard to work with and if you just want to make one that won't be used a lot, plastic can work, especially if you hand wash it in cool water and use a mild detergent, and hang dry. If you do use plastic that you cut out yourself, make sure that you smooth the edges with either sandpaper or by slightly meling with a candle. If you don't do this step, it will wind up cutting through your fabric. Good luck!

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    You could make a faux corset using a stretch fabric- however, if you want true support or for it to look a certain way, you will want boning and you'll probably want metal boning vs. plastic.

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    Hi I'm making a red riding hood costume from once upon a time and I'm having trouble with the corset. I'm not making it for anything special so it doesn't have to tie tight or anything, I cant find corset boning in any shops near where I live and I cant buy it online. I'v heard that you can make it out of milk cartons but a lot of people say that that just makes the corset bend out of shape after a couple of times wearing it. Does anyone know if I can make a sort-of corset without boning?

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    Did you do any hip corrections or did you just drop the waist? If you just lowered the waist and didn't account for any roundness in the front, the fabric may be pulling forward from the back to compensate.

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    I have just made up a toile for a pair of trousers. After shortening the distance between the crotch & the waist, the inside seams of the back leg on both sides is turning forward pulling the line of the leg out of kilter. Any ideas what I've done wrong?

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    you need to sew a band that fits around your ribcage, under the boobs. The bralette cups should be slightly larger and rounded at the bottom so you can gather stitch the bottom to make the round bosom shape and connect it to the band. Alternative methods can be darting the cups instead of gathering the bottoms or adding elastic on the bottom instead of using a full band.

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    Surely that is aided my the wires? If you're really struggling you could stitch in a bit of corset boning in the centre, that will hold it straight upwards if your problem is that it's flopping away.

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    couldn't find any :/

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    If you search for a bralette tutorial on CO+K you could probably find out how by just looking at the part of the tutorial where they connect the two cups.

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    So I'm making my own bralette from scratch, took the frames from an old bra and put it into this one.
    but I can't make the middle part(the part between the boobs)
    touch mu skin, it just goes our and doesn't give support at all!
    any tips on how to fix this problem?

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    They're hugely helpful in stuffing corners and narrow areas because you can push the fluff in with the rounded corner without having to worry about accidentally poking through your fabric like with pointed tweezers.

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    I used to have 3-4 pairs like that when I still lived in PA, but neglected to ask my mom for one the last time I was visiting. :x I might have to stop at the sewing shop in Sioux Falls next time I'm up there.

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    I seem to have misplaced my awesome tweezers at some point while I've been trying to clean out my desk, but this is about what they looked like.

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    All of this helps, thanks! Happy I am going to try to sew slower, and probably lower the tension on my machines a bit. I'll see if I can find some decent tweezers, too.

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    What Anna Bean said about stuffing as you sew is probably one of the best tips someone gave me early on. Anything with lots of twists and turns in it is going to be a pain to try and do at once unless you have the perfect tools for the job.

    I found a craft tweezer set at a dollar store that has made stuffing my plushies a million times easier. Most of the tweezers weren't really useful for anything, but one pair had two flat parts that lay on top of each other that you can pinch little bits of polyfil in and stuff them into the skinny parts, so you can get it evenly stuffed without everything bunching up and turning lumpy (I'm not good at describing things, I can post a pic as soon as I figure out where I put them) .

    Make sure you're using an extra fluffy polyfil rather than the kind for art dolls that tends to be a lot stiffer and bunches up into those ugly lumps a lot easier. It's good to have around for reinforcing areas that may need a bit more structure (tips of ears for example, or I always throw some into the necks of my plush bodies before sewing on the head so that the head doesn't flop around as much), but otherwise the fluffier the polyfil, the easier it'll be to get everything stuffed evenly and avoid lumpiness (and also to sneak an extra bit of fluff into a hand or foot with your tweezers if you realize you didn't quite fill something as much as you'd like after you've already stuffed a whole arm). I didn't even realize there were different kinds of stuffing at first, but it really makes a big difference which kind you're using.

    I sew all of my plushies by hand as well, so I can force myself to go slow and pay attention to every stitch. It slows down production times a bit, but I get a lot of compliments on my stitching so I guess it's worth it.

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