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Hello there!

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There’s a few ways you can go about her corset.

Perhaps the easiest would be to simply purchase an off-the-rack underbust corset and modify it as needed. Even though you won’t likely be looking to actually reduce your waist, I would still look for one with steel boning and a curvy enough cut that it will conform to your underbust and hips while still defining your waist and not creating gaps. Remember that the lacing should be parallel in the back! Here’s a good guide to the basics.

Another option would be to make an underbust corset. It doesn’t have to be extremely complicated, since you likely aren’t going to want to tightlace with it, but still be sure to use a firm fabric and high-quality boning – I typically recommend spiral steel for the bendy areas like the waist and flat spring steel for the areas like the center front – since a lot of cheap plastic boning can warp and twist and become very uncomfortable. Making your own would allow you to customize the fit and the detailing in a way that purchasing would not. Even a basic pattern found in the costuming section of a major commercial pattern manufacturer’s catalog would work well for this, since you don’t need tightlacing or historical accuracy. Thankfully, costume corset patterns are very common these days!

Lastly, you can make a faux corset out of a stretchy fabric and enough boning for structure, but not the same amount or type you would use for a full corset. I would recommend using a stretch interfacing on your fabric if you go this route, as it helps create a bit more firmness and control. This would be the least corset-like, but would move in the same way hers seems to. It also would take less skill in getting a precise fit, though you would need to know how to work with stretch fabrics. I would recommend a boning like rigilene for this option.

Any of these options can either have the panty area attached to the corset or as a separate piece worn underneath.

For the front detailing, I would recommend creating the neck piece as a separate item and then having it snap to the front of the corset rather than sewing in on. This will allow you to dress and undress easier than if it were attached, and if you needed to remove the neck piece for any reason, you wouldn’t need to remove your whole costume. If you have a pre-made corset or if you make a corset with a busk in the front, you can use the detailing to cover the busk and hide it. The red gems can simply be sewn or glued over where the snaps are.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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Hello there!

I can’t find references of the particular swords, so I’ll give advice based on what a feather looks like.

What I would recommend is using a wooden dowel for the center shaft. Lightweight, cheap, easily obtainable, and able to be carved. If you take a coarse grit (low number) sandpaper to the dowels, while wearing an appropriate respirator and eye protection, you can sand the dowels down into a fine enough point for your needs. Be sure to round the tip as to not have a dangerous prop!

Once you get the general shape of the shaft, you can work your way towards finer grits (higher numbers) of sandpaper to smooth the wood. If you want a very smooth piece with no wood grain, I would recommend smoothing the wood with sandpaper and then using filling primer over it, sanding it down, priming again, etc., until you have a perfectly smooth piece. You can paint over this (if you want EXTRA smoothness, repeat the process with your paint) and use a gloss coat to add shine.

If you wanted to 3D print, you could, but keep in mind that for a project of this size, you would likely have to print the piece in sections and glue them together. 3D printed objects are also not perfectly smooth out of the printer, so you would still need to finish the plastic for smoothness.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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