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Speaking from experience as a "sample addict", I've received swatches from both Vena Cava and Sew Curvy and can guanrantee they both stock heavy powermesh, that's suitable for girdle/mesh corsets :) They're both corset stockists after all!

Thanks for the article and sharing your collection with us!

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xamiaarc
Thank you for confirming that!
I'm pleased you enjoyed it, I certainly did writing it.

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Claire Green
Fantastic Article Anna, and well timed as i was looking at learning how to make some accessories to go with my corsets :D One question though, as ive never sewn with powermesh (or any very stretchy fabric if im honest!) - is there a specific type of thread you use or is Gutterman 100% Poly sew all (like i use for my corsetry) still okay, i was wondering, due to the stretching needed for the garment, whether a different thread was suitable, or whether the zig-zag stitch negates the need for stretchy thread?
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xamiaarc
I'm glad!
That thread will be perfectly fine, it is the same one as I use. I haven't actually made one using a stretch thread yet, but yes it is the stitches which gives it the ability to stretch

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Wylena Strickland
I still wear my mother's strapless heavy Lily of France brand "Black Diamond Opera" full length open bottom double zipper black girdle. This wicked garment is actually an "all-in-one" corselette that has four large metal garters per leg and satin tassels that hung over both front and back of each garter. It unzips it on the left side from the right laced bra cup down to the right side garters. The girdle's right side huge zipper zips up to my underarm. I use the Gutterman 100% Poly sew and the zig-zag stitch on the girdle's power mesh. My stepmother used to wear this girdle, a wicked pair of Bauer & Black nylon satin heavy elastic seamed stockings and long satin gloves up to her underarms to wear under a dress to help protect her during a western movie scene that she one appeared in. She she got to know the movie seamstress well and learned unique stiching known only to girdle and corselette manufacturers. Email me and I can tell you more.
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mark_garbarczyk
Hi Anna,
Nice article on girdle making. I take it that the 0.95 in the article is your negative ease stretch factor, 0.95 x body measurement = pattern measurement.
You and others may be interested in looking at the Excel spreadsheet (negease.zip) I have uploaded to the forum (Bras section). It’s a negative ease calculator, you can type in your “skin fit” body measurements in column A and then you test stretch a 20cm x 20cm square of Powernet then type in the stretched measurements (warp and weft directions) in boxes and the body measurements in columns C, D change to the negative ease measurements.
For people who are trying to understand negative ease and its calculations you can take a look at my articles on making a corselet in the Bra making section.

Corset Hugs
Mark.

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xamiaarc
Yes that is what the measurement is for.
Thank you for your comment, it looks very interesting and I shall have to try it out on the next girdle I make!

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kellawaygirl
Thank you. This is exactly what I have been looking for. Very easy to understand as well.
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xamiaarc
Thank you so much!
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