160 Proof CorsetryClothing Designer Female Buffalo, New York, US
My Website: 160 Proof Corsetry at Etsy.comMy MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/Custom160ProofCorsetry
Mayhem # 784613
New! Check out my etsy shop... featuring a "complete economic collapse/ just got laid off from my day job!" sale. Images below will take you to the specific listing.
Custom sized underbust corset $150
Custom sized overbust with PVC trim for $220
Custom sized midbust corset with optional front lacing detail $160.00
Custom sized underbust with PVC trim $180.00
When I started sewing I had to sit on the phone book, and half the encyclopedia set propped up the machine pedal to where I could reach it. That was about twenty five years ago, at my grandmother's antique singer. Thankfully time has passed and I can now reach the pedals on my own. But watching those flat pieces of fabric transform under that black and gold machine, and come out beautiful clothes was the beginnings of a passion that has followed me ever since.
My true love is, and has been for years, corsetry. I have been making corsets on and off for about ten years now. I've been selling my work locally for a while with good responses, but after being laid off from my day job I figured I should take the plunge, accept the advice of so many people who have seen my work in person, and sell online as well.
I start with at least a dozen different measurements, resulting in a custom item drafted to fit you and only you. You are not merely a waist or bra size!! Will a corset with a 30" waist fit someone who is 5'2" and someone who is 5'9" the same? No way! And that doesn't even begin to take into account someone who may be full hipped, or have a narrow ribcage, or be high waisted... there are dozens of factors that determine what will make a corset fit and be comfortable. A truly custom corset is the ONLY way to make sure all those variations we humans have are addressed. An ill fitting corset is an uncomfortable corset. A custom corset feels like it was made for you- since it was!
Only the best materials go into my corsets. Zipper fronts will break and plastic bones will warp. For the strength and durability true corset lovers demand I use only steel busk closures and 100% steel bones. Two part grommets, in large or small sizes (your choice of size and color!), easily handle the stress of corsetry without popping free, and leave no rough edges on the inside or outside.
Years of corset building have resulted in my unique triple layer construction method, which produces a remarkably comfortable, sturdy corset with an inside just as lovely as the outside. Want a reversible corset? With front lacing or a closed front I can happily provide it! (sadly busk front closures are not reversible.)
Historically accurate, fetish, fantasy, or just fun... Buffalo based 160 Proof Corsets can bring your dream corset to life!
I was proud to have my work included in Craftster.com's Best of 2008.
Since I have been asked more than once, I figured I should mention- I do custom corsetry. I don't have stock on-hand to lend out for photo shoots since everything is made to the buyer's measurements. When I do make items without a specific buyer in mind, as I occasionally do to test new designs, I don't feel comfortable lending them out, due to the nature of the garment. I couldn't in good conscience sell something for hundreds of dollars on ebay/etsy that had evidence of being worn, particularly against bare skin.
If you are interested in my work I would be willing to offer a rebate in exchange for use of photographs for promotional purposes. Please contact me for details.
Although I am very happy to offer a rebate for models, I cannot offer free corsets to models- I get tons of requests a month for such, so I guess I need to mention it. This is a financial impossibility for me due to the time, expense, and effort that goes into each of my custom pieces. Besides, I think my satisfied customers who model for me now do a great job!
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All gallery photos were taken by the superbly talented Luke Copping (#65336)
Rachel Mazzie (#412865) was the makeup artist for gallery photos, and is also pictured in the zebra and green PVC corset.