A friend of mine wants to go as the delicious Mrs. Lovett for Halloween. Her darling gent has agreed to go as Sweeney. I've no problem with the Sweeney costume - can sew vests with one hand tied behind my back. Need help on Mrs. Lovett, though! Specifically, tips/tricks/DIYs for a good bustle skirt (sure I will end up making many of these anyway) and an inexpensive source for corsets or bodices or girdles or *something* lovely to put about her waist.
Oh, and corsets. We're both very into this idea. Assuming one has the supplies, time, access to a basic sewing machine (nothing industrial, mind you, I won't be working with PVC any time soon) and the knowledge to stitch a straight line on said machine, how difficult is it truly to make one's own corset (following a pattern, I suppose)? Something I've always wanted to try, and have access to a couple of suppliers (farthingales & alteryears) but am spooked by the difficulty level . . . thoughts?
With deepest gratitude . . .