Leather Underbust Harness

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Introduction: Leather Underbust Harness

When I discovered Tandy Leather a few years ago, my life was forever changed. Okay, maybe that sounds a little dramatic, but I really do love Tandy. The staff were extremely helpful and the environment was so cool! I honestly don't remember if I planned on buying anything that first visit, but I walked out with a big piece of leather and an idea. I had to go back again for more materials (not that I minded, that place is awesome), but all my materials came from Tandy.

I looked around on the Internet for awhile, trying to figure out how to begin, but I eventually ended up guessing a lot and making my own design. Here's how that went:

Step 1: The Design

As with almost every project I take on, I started in Adobe Illustrator. I measured myself a lot and tweaked the design until it was exactly what I wanted.

Step 2: Patterning and Tracing

I cut out my design on parchment paper. For the straps, I used a ruler since they're just long rectangles.

Step 3: Cut It Out

I used a carpet knife to carefully cut everything out along the lines. *Pro Tip! Don't stab yourself in the leg with carpet knives.

Step 4: I Punched Lots of Holes in Them

Using a ruler, I marked where every hole needed to be. Then I used a leather hole punching set to punch all the holes. It took awhile and I hit myself with the hammer seven times.

The holes for the rivets ended up being too small, so I broke out the drill and made them bigger.

Step 5: Cowdust

I tested out all my pieces with the hardware, and it turns out the leather I got was too thick when it came to the straps. So I got out the belt sander and sanded them down until they worked. In the future, I will try using a planer instead.

Note: I very recently learned that you should NOT wear gloves while using a belt sander. For more info, see the comments section of this Instructable.

Step 6: Leather Dyeing

I used the cheap kind of dye that includes a topcoat because it costs less and takes less time. The bigger pieces were more difficult because it dried so fast I couldn't make it even. But it turned out pretty well and the uneven-ness gives it a good look for steampunk.

Step 7: So Riveting

Riveting was not as easy as I had hoped. I messed a few up, and there's not really a good way to fix it. But it ended up mostly fine. And it all held together, which is the most important part.

Step 8: Wear It!

It fits! The holes on all the straps make it adjustable, but some of the holes are just for show. It can't actually be adjusted smaller than this. I'm not sure how well it would work adjusted too much larger either, but it was designed to fit to me, so it doesn't really matter. If you're making your own, make sure you get your measurements down right.

I've worn this several times, for different cosplay type things. I've used it for steampunk and for pirate outfits and for the renaissance festival.

I hope you enjoyed my Instructable and I hope you like my harness! Thanks for reading!

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    98 Discussions

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    jcarter35
    jcarter35

    3 years ago

    Very cute! Well done.

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    Nocx
    Nocx

    Reply 4 months ago

    Nice one simp

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    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    9 months ago

    Beautiful piece of work. Well done for the sewing and thank you for sharing your work.
    Re: MelissaP188's comment:- I offer (from Wikipedia) "the reply that Michael Faraday gave to Sir Robert Peel when asked about the use of science. Faraday's response was "What is the use of a baby?""
    It is of value because it is. If you cannot see the value, then get out of the way and allow the rest of us to build on its foundations :-)

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    Drachengraff
    Drachengraff

    1 year ago

    Love the piece. You did great work and you should be very proud of youself. We are always our hardest critics. I recently made a knife sheath and I keep pointing out all the mistakes I made to people who see it.-----There's a YOUTUBER by the name of CHARTERMADE. He does some awesome work and has some how to videos. One of the items he uses is a hand cranked splitter. It's a table top contraption that is used for splitting thick leather into thinner pieces. I've looked them up and they run somewhere around $400 and up. Pricey, but if you're going to be doing leather work for a while it might be handy. I know I'm saving up for one.

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    Phazor101
    Phazor101

    2 years ago

    Very talented creation!

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    MelissaP118
    MelissaP118

    3 years ago

    What's the purpose of this contraption?

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    halledean
    halledean

    Reply 3 years ago

    It's just for looks. I use it in steampunk and pirate costumes.

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    CharlesH170
    CharlesH170

    Reply 2 years ago

    Looks great on you!

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    mindmole
    mindmole

    Reply 3 years ago

    could this be used somehow as a support back brace. It occurs to me that it may be better than typical store bought stretchy Velcro types. either as is or modified for such purpose.

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    MichaelAtOz
    MichaelAtOz

    2 years ago

    Did the plant survive the cowdusting? (last photo of step 5)

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    grangerknives
    grangerknives

    2 years ago

    I would strongly suggest NOT using a planer. Abrading with sandpaper and cutting with knives on a planer are dramatically different. The rigidity of wood allows for cutting off a thin layer. The flexibility of leather would allow all of the leather to be drawn up into the blade assembly, thereby destroying the leather and almost certainly damaging the planer or jointer, if you tried that.

    Buy the right thickness, sand or use a skiving tool, which would require much practice and skill.

    Best wishes. You have great talent and determination!

    Paul

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    Darrilin
    Darrilin

    3 years ago

    love it. Thanks for sharing. Hubby and I are Tandy addicts. Great new project.

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    Jennie bowie
    Jennie bowie

    3 years ago

    Thank you for thst idea! I was thinking on those lines too. Bless you for the pattern! Down loading tonight!! See if it works for my back. Giving me hell this week. Bless you Jennie Bowie.

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    dina4680
    dina4680

    3 years ago

    OMG beautiful. I need to tighten a leather corset that is too big on me. But I don't know if I can do the riveting.

    I am steampunking as wel!

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    DylanP40
    DylanP40

    4 years ago

    Nice job and very nice look! Did I catch a "Llamas With Hats" reference on Step 4? ("I punched (bit) lots of holes in them..."). If not, then amazing episode 2 coincidence! https://youtu.be/ZpjyH-LkEAg

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    halledean
    halledean

    Reply 3 years ago

    Haha! Yes! Someone caught it! I thought it was funny, but I didn't know if anyone would get the reference.

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    cosmokid
    cosmokid

    3 years ago

    What is the minimxm cup size to wear with it ?

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    DarrinP
    DarrinP

    3 years ago

    Looks as would dig into the breast on the side. Maybe adding cups and line them with some type of padding

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    halledean
    halledean

    Reply 3 years ago

    It actually doesn't dig in. It really just sits underneath. It's not uncomfortable.

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    thewanderingjack
    thewanderingjack

    3 years ago

    Haha I wondered how I even got to this project, but it was featured in the newsletter and looks really great. I voted for it! Is there anything you'd change, fit/comfort wise? Thanks for the template! Great work!.