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Author Topic: The Bolero Harness in Leather  (Read 3603 times)
grimnir
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« on: January 19, 2014, 09:03:57 am »

Well, I made my Bolero Harness and it turns out it's about a size 14-16 Australian (10-12 US, 12-14 UK I think). Not bad for a pattern I drew while sitting on the sofa with a size 8 mannequin...

     

   

First attempt to use an airbrush (only bought the compressor and kit last night) so it's a trial of that too Smiley I really love the way you can fade in a darker colour at the edges and I also tried some stenciling for the first time. Need some better fixative for that, one edge on the back in particular lifted a fair bit, bit overall I'm really pleased. Now I just need to find a model willing to wear it for a shoot, but a friend is doing something on these lines with her Steampunk line so I've been invited to that shoot Cheesy Can't wait!

I will be selling these on Etsy soon btw.
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014, 03:48:14 pm »

Looks great, although I would question the use of the white lacing. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014, 03:49:14 pm »

I saw your question about altering pattern sizes over on leatherworker.net, but I wasn't able to comment at the time. I solved the sizing issue by making a two piece lace up back, this gives about 3" (7.5cm) of adjustability which, when coupled with the under arm straps I use, gives 9" (22.8cm) of variability. Along with the adjustability, the lacing allows me to use smaller sections of hide for the back and adds a visual element.
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 11:48:35 pm »

Yes, the natural leather lace is going in favour of some black flat lace which will blend in better and lie better as well Smiley

One of the reasons I didn't want to split the back is I've already been asked if it's possible to put a holster/sheath on there for a steampunk weapon mount. It's also the best area for tooling if people want a fancy one done.

I'll be getting some pics of it on my stepdaughter soon so you can see what it looks like in action (she's not into steampunk though.)
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2014, 07:23:31 pm »

How about trying some bright-coloured lacing - most girls like pink and purple.
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2014, 05:58:00 am »

Ooh, I like this! It's been surprisingly hard to find a harness that's designed to sit on top of the bust rather than underneath. I've been entertaining the idea of making my own for a while, but the best I'd be able to do is a faux suede look. I've tried working with leather only once before, and it was frightening.

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2014, 06:20:29 am »

I do sell to the States and Europe, Anastacia Smiley in fact I'm currently doing a reproduction of the Alice harness from Resident Evil: Afterlife for a customer in England and have done one for a woman Stateside to be part of her Halloween costume last year.
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2014, 02:15:09 pm »

Yep, there's at least a few of us who make them, https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/174118201/steampunk-overbust-harness?ref=shop_home_active_11
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2014, 03:03:35 pm »

I haven't listed mine yet Smiley but as you see there's a few different designs too
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2014, 09:06:29 pm »

I just have to ask, as a non-wearer of this type of garment.  Why do people want to wear them?  Aren't they rather uncomfortable?
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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2014, 02:23:42 am »

Not if they're designed right Smiley Certainly not as uncomfortable as a corset or as unwieldy as a bustle. Unless you're going around doing bodybuilding poses this style of harness shouldn't really be noticeable in the main, it's not over areas of stress. There are many more uncomfortable costume pieces in common use among Steampunks Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2014, 02:53:49 am »

I just have to ask, as a non-wearer of this type of garment.  Why do people want to wear them?  Aren't they rather uncomfortable?

Guns and bosoms, m'dear. Holding the one and emphasizing the other.
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2014, 01:59:51 pm »

Grimnir nailed it, as long as it's designed properly discomfort is a non issue.
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2014, 09:06:31 pm »

Ummm - and where does one place the gun??
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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2014, 09:09:41 pm »

Ummm - and where does one place the gun??

In a holster under one arm.

Or both.
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« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2014, 11:09:30 pm »

No holsters on this harness but it'd be quite easy to add them if someone wanted them Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2014, 11:59:04 pm »

Crumbs!  I wonder if one is allowed to carry a gun like that in the UK?
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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2014, 01:03:12 am »

Wot, a real one?

Ahahahahaha- no.

A fake one? Well, not like the cops can up and shoot you like they do in America, but I still wouldn't advise it outside of conventions and photoshoots.
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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2014, 07:11:20 pm »

why just guns? Think tools, gadgets, maps cases, archery, spell books, knives, swords, wrenches, hammers, potions...
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« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2014, 02:56:28 am »

 

 

As promised, some action shots Smiley

On the whole holster thing I am currently doing a version of the Sucker Punch Babydoll harness with a zipped pouch under one arm and a flapped pouch under the other for phones, purses etc.. Not all holsters hold guns Smiley
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