As in all stories, there’s a beginning… and this is the very beginning of my Perfect Ball Gown. Let’s start with the corset! The corset is the fundamental part of this iconic dress. And it’s the first step in making my “perfect” Cinderella dress.
From the moment the 2015 Cinderella premiered, fans and critics brought attention to the skinny waist of Lily James, with many believing it was CGI. But we now know it wasn’t CGI, it was a corset. Though natural, Lily James’ waist was tightly restricted and squeezed down to its very small size! The buzz was that her waist measured 22″ but some stated it was 17″! I’ll let you decide!
This is one of the photos I have of the corset used on set. If you’d like to see more photos click here.
This is the corset I’ll be wearing under the ball gown. My waist will measure 22″ – thanks to the corset! I used a Simplicity pattern for historic costuming and adjusted it a lot to allow for the low back and shape of the dress. (Corset construction pics below.)
Corset Construction ~
The Finished Corset!