Picture of Runway On Fire
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I designed this dress as part of a series.
I wanted this one to be a high fashion runway piece inspired
by the beauty of flames. I am so pleased with how it all came together.

I've made this "making of" so you can get an idea of how I put it together.
I hope it inspires you to make your own beautiful piece.

If you would like to see some more of my costumes you can visit my website:

or you can visit my etsy shop:


  • 5 yards yellow Chiffon
  • 5 yards Red Chiffon
  • 5 yards orange chiffon
  • 1 yard sparkly orange special occasion satin
  • 1.5 yards red dupioni silk
  • 1.5 yards fuze-able web
  • 1.5 yards imported corset coutil.
  • a mix of spiral steel boning and flatsteel boning.
  • gold size 00 grommets
  • a mix of various fire colored Swarovski crystals and crackle glass beads
  • red and orange glass gems.
  • brass metal decorations

  • clear cast epoxy resin (you need about 4 oz)
  • galvanized steel wire
  • black floral tape
  • Orange and red basket wrap cellophane
  • gold and red glitter
  • a wood burning iron, incense sticks, or long matches your choice
  • a hot glue gun
  • a heat iron or regular iron

Step 1: Getting Started

Picture of Getting Started
I started with a corset pattern a friend of mine helped me to draft.
I always start by making a mock up. (Trust me this will save you
a lot of stress and wasted fabric later. It's worth the time I promise ^_~)

I use very heavy duck fabric to make them out of.
Look for something that is really stiff and can hold it's own shape.
You could use coutil, but it tends to run about $30 a yard so I
don't really find it worth it.

Once I got my fabric I started by cutting out my corset pattern.
Janel Norris (author) 1 year ago

thank you so much! It's all about having the confidence to try, and practice.

I mucked up plenty of things before figuring out the best way to do things.

Just dive in and experiment!

maidenhk1 year ago

Wow! I'm so aMazingly impressed with your creative and imaginative skills. Going through your tutorial reminds me of reading about how seamstresses of the 19th centuries painstakingly made the cloths for the aristocracies. And your painting the design on the corset, Oh My! What a Beautiful "stroke" of brilliance! Sorry I'm gushing so, but Goodness! I don't think I'm ambitious enough to tackle this but you've certainly inspired me. Thank you!

Absolutely Stunning!!!!! Just discovered your site, have never seen anything like this! Can I ask how you made the fairy wings look on fire? I went through the amazing # of steps/ Effort (!) in your tutorial, but didn't see how "fire" was done. You are amazing!
Janel Norris (author)  geckotreefrog2 years ago
Oh the fire is a photoshop effect for fun added to the photos.
The wings themselves look like the ones without the flame in the previous photos.
ikrase3 years ago
Impressive though IMO the wings are a bit much. Have you read the Fire Skirt instructable? (very impressive el-wire usage). It seems like some form of luminescence, possibly lit under and shining through the fabric, could crank this WAY past 11.
Of course, we all have different tastes, but I Love the wings! To me, it completes the fantasy. :)
Charmedseed3 years ago
These are fantastic! Do you need to suspend them off the tarp while drying (so they don't stick) or do they come off?
Janel Norris (author)  Charmedseed2 years ago
i just use thick black trash bags and do one side at a time
DesertGator2 years ago
I did a search for How2 Make Corsets and was quite intrigued by the Picture for your Instructable, so I came over to see what you were really up to. I'd say that of the 1/2 dozen or so Corset Tutorials I've looked at so far over the last few days, I like Yours & the Semptress's the Best. The sequence of steps that you follow and the modifications that you make to the more Traditional Construction techniques that I've been seeing, just makes more sense to me.

Your Creation is Very well thought out.
The layering & wrapping of the Skirt's Colors enhances the Fire effect as well as the various methods you used for hemming & treating the edges. Love your Attention to Detail with all the little Accents, Beads, Crystals, Dress Jewelry, Painting & such.
Very Interesting to see how you made the Fire Wings.

Congratulations on an Excellent Costume.
Fire Fairy is Beautiful example of Follow-thru Finesse!!

Karen aka Gator

p.s. Have you ever used Mono-filament Fishing Line in a Rolled or Lettuce Hem? The weight of the Mono-filament & the amount of stretch you put on the hem as you stitch affects the Depth & Frequency of the Waves, sometimes the 'Ripples" look just like Christmas RIBBON Candy.
Janel Norris (author)  DesertGator2 years ago
thank you so much!
I am glad you enjoyed it.

No I've never tried that but now that you bring it up I am intrigued to give it a go.
I usually do my hems on a serger, do you just serge right over the mono?
GummiBear3 years ago
Wow its like the dress in the hunger games that katniss wore!
aazrhael3 years ago
youre on fire babe! is there a male variation for this awesome theme?
Janel Norris (author)  aazrhael3 years ago
Alas my husband didn't feel like dressing up like a fairy so there's only this version.
He tends to like his costumes in more subtle colors of brown and greens.
I do have some of the costumes I've made for men on my website.

Pyrophoric3 years ago
Marry me
Janel Norris (author)  Pyrophoric3 years ago
haha Alas for you, you are too late. I am already married.
Thank you for the compliment!
WOW! You look absolutely beautiful! Wonderful instructable =)
ajones583 years ago

these are awesome!!!! but i'm a little confused on how you made the wing attachments. what products do you prefer to use to make it? :)

Janel Norris (author)  ajones583 years ago
The bottom part slides into a corset or a bra strap.
Sometimes I'll make loops if I'm going to wear something that doesn't work for.

I use galvanized steep wire
clear cast 2 part resin
a heat gun
glue gun
woodburning tool
disposable brushes
plastic measuring cups
these wings are absolutely gorgeous!! and genius!!! ^_^
lynvamp4 years ago
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!! Not much more I can say then that! Thank you so much for sharing! ;)
kapalaka4 years ago
These are absolutely gorgeous!!! Do you recommend a specific brand for the resin? I'd like to try this myself for a different but related project.
Janel Norris (author)  kapalaka4 years ago
I use casting craft brand mix.
It comes in two bottles that you mix together.
Also if you are doing a large cast, get the finishing spray. (same brand)
That way if your mix ratio is off slightly it won't be sticky after.
This is fantastic...great job...I especially love the colors you used .
This is awesome! Its so cool and colorfull!!
It kinda reminds me of what Katniss might have worn in the book "The Hunger Games". lol!
Janel Norris (author)  JohnDeere3124 years ago
I totally had to look that up ha ha ha.
I'm glad you enjoyed it ^_^
skyisblu4 years ago
Absolutely gorgeous!
Janel Norris (author)  skyisblu4 years ago
thank you!
myurachek4 years ago
Lovely Janel!!
Janel Norris (author)  myurachek4 years ago
thanks Maggie!
Wow beautiful!

I made the mistake of looking at your husbands photos....

I think I have just added you to my phantasy list...sorry!!
jadekikyo4 years ago
I'm a sucker for corsets and this one is no exception. Very pretty. Voted.
Janel Norris (author)  jadekikyo4 years ago
Thank you so much!
No problem. :-)
WuLongTi4 years ago
The corset came out really nice, I particularly like the painted design on it. Great Job! ^__^
Janel Norris (author)  WuLongTi4 years ago
thank you! It's always nerve wracking at the painting stage.
You pray you don't mess up the 4 hours of work you just did, but I was very pleased with this one.
This instructable has earned the covetted "likewhoa" tag in my del.icio.us list. Well done!!
Janel Norris (author)  GreenStockings4 years ago
hahaha nice!
Thank you so much