It has come to my attention that I never finished the walkthrough for how to make the Morrigan Aensland costume wing harness. This is because I haven’t quite finished it… I need to make something to hold the wings in one place, because they move to the front and back while I walk, and it’s annoying. But I will post up what I have done so far.As you can see above, they are attached to a waist cincher corset. This goes under the bodysuit. I made this one using Simplicity pattern 9769. I trimmed the pattern down at the top so that it was a waist corset instead of a full corset, and instead of adding a busk, I added grommets to lace it up. I laced it up the front instead of the back.
It is cut small, so that it doesn’t lace up all the way. That way there is a gap in the front for the heart to show though to the skin. I just used one lace to keep the top up, the heart sits just under it. I used a corset because it gives a lot of support with no shoulder straps, which would spoil the look of the Morrigan costume. Things to be aware of when making or buying a corset for this part… make sure the bottom of the corset doesn’t poke out through the leg openings, and the top goes under the top of the bodysuit in the back. The corset also gives great boob support! Here is what it looks like under the bodysuit –
I cut small holes in the bodysuit where the arrows are pointing, you just carefully pull it down over the posts until they sit at the bottom. I will explain about the posts in a bit here.
And from the front… corset is invisible under the bodysuit and holds the heart cutout in place nicely.
Okay, to make the little post rig, I welded it together. Possibly you can make the same shape of thing with some other materials, but I wanted a lot of strength. To do it the way I did, you will need some 1/2 square tube steel, 2 half- inch diameter, 4 5/8 inch long steel bolts, a welder, some sort of saw that can cut metal, various clamps, an angle grinder and all the safety equipment that goes with it. Or you can ask someone who knows how to weld to make it for you. I certainly don’t advise using all of this stuff unless you know what you are doing or have someone who does to help instruct you. Possibly you can devise another, less difficult way to make the same sort of rig out of other materials, but this is how I did it.
Here is the shape we want to make, before sewing it onto the corset. I have already covered it up with black electrical tape in this pic, but this should give a clear idea of what it should look like. You need to measure the across the small of your back for the bottom bar. That way you can be sure it won’t poke out the sides. It is helpful to hold the wings up to your back in the position you want them to hang at, and have someone else measure for you.
You are going to want to cut 3 pieces of the square steel to make the U shape that is sewn to the corset. The longer piece is for the bottom, and the two shorter pieces are the bars that point upward. Mine was 7 inches for the bottom bar, 4 3/4 for the top bars.
I used this circular saw to cut the steel. I cut the bottom bar first, clamping one end in the vise and measuring out to make sure it would be cut to the right length from the saw blade.
To make the smaller bars, cut one, and then hold it up side by side when you are clamping the next one, to see that they are the same length where the saw hits. That way they will be identical.
When all 3 are cut, lay them out in the correct shape so that you can make some marks to connect them. Here I have them set how I think they should be, with my large bolts propped up in place as well to demonstrate the final design. The small square tube posts are attached at the top of the bottom bar, and the large bolts are attached at the outside, so they stick out from the back enough to have the wings slide over them.
Measure the lengths so that the bars sit in the same place on each side. Then mark this with a sharpie.
My welds are completely ugly, but all I care about for this project is that they are strong.
Repeat clamping and welding for the next bar after you have welded all around the connecting areas of the first bar.
Now you should have what looks like this.
Next, clamp the U shaped bar thingy into the vise, and clamp on the bolts as shown, with two smaller C clamps. Ground and weld them on.
Next, I cleaned up my ugly welds by grinding them down with an angle grinder.
Just enough to make them smooth.
I wrapped it all over with black electrical tape to make sure it was smooth, so it wouldn’t get caught on the fabric, and also to make it blend in better.
To attach it to the the corset, I hand stitched casings made of upholstery vinyl over the U shaped bars. I used really heavy thread. I think any type of very heavy material that won’t fray out will be fine for this.
There you have it! the wings just slide down over the bolts. The long green wig falls down over this and hides it really well. This works great, except that the wings can move back and forth and it’s annoying. I haven’t devised how to keep them still yet… I am thinking of making a bar that slides between the wings and attaches at the top of the posts. Or a strong elastic band of some sort?