Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Birthday Bustle - new corset progress

I have many perfectly good corsets.  In fact I have an entire box full of corsets I've made over the last 8 years. But, I tried on a friends' corset with hip gores and through the power of engineering it gave me a bit of a fashionable figure.  I'm usually shaped like the rectangle in Vogue pattern's Figure Flattery guide (THE RECTANGLE: Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition.), so only garment shaping* is really going to get me a fashionable figure.  Also, its my birthday and who doesn't want another corset.

I went off to copy my friend's pattern (since I know it fits!), which is fairly Edwardian/1890s-1900.  I added to the top to bring the corset to a mid-bust finished edge like my other 1870-1880s corsets.  The hip gores have a piece of 6 inch elastic that I was only able to find at tutu.com.  Some places in the garment district in LA might have it but nowhere in the bay area had more than 4 inches and I wasn't sure if I could just sew two 3 inch pieces together.

* I suppose better diet and exercise would also get me there but corsets seem easier.

Black coutil on teal silk/cotton sateen

The corset is a one layer corset with applied boning channels.  I flatlined some lovely silk/cotton sateen with coutil for my base layer and used bought boning strips for the boning channels.
Craft bond is great for flatlining
Boning channels sewn
Currently the boning channels are sewn and the busk is inserted.  The elastic gores and the hip gores went in surprisingly well.  The front gusset, not so great.

Still to do:
  • cut boning to size and tip
  • make lacking placket and put in grommets (fortunately I own a hand press)
  • Possibly fancy the whole thing up with some nice black lace.  Not historic but would be pretty.
  • Bind the whole thing
I'm thinking of maybe switching to the pleated underskirt tonight in an effort to at least get the dress started.  I've only got a couple more nights of sewing before the round of holiday parties really starts, including one I'm hosting.

1 comment:

  1. What a pretty blue! I must admit that I have two corsets that I keep wearing without binding the edges.