Up until this year, I didn't need to replace the corset. However, events that focus on Victorian styles have happened and are coming up this year and the next, so, I decided to make a new corset. Luckily, I could use the same pattern and fabric from my stash as well as use the bones and busk from the old corset. Upcycling at its best! The only thing I changed is that I used a double layer of the coutil backing of the silk. The fashion fabric is a pretty Chinese woven silk damask. I had a choice of silvery white with black flowers and the reverse side with white flowers, I chose the black ground with silvery white flowers. To add a bit of interest, I embroidered the edges of the gussets. Why? No idea other than I love to embroider and it was a way to practice that art and give a bit of detail to my corset.
|The corset assembled and ready for embroidering|
|Details fo the embroidery around the gussets.|
|The corset on my mannequin. (Sorry a little out of focus) I hate the metal front busks, but I was trying not to buy anything new.|
The corset pattern I used was the Past Pattern #708 http://www.pastpatterns.com/708.html.
This particular corset was easy to make and fit and does the work I need to shape my figure to the styles from about 1850 to 1890's. For newbie corset makers I think this one is a good one to start with. If you are not a corset maker and don't want to be bothered, the best is have it made for you by an expert. This can be a bit expensive but is worth the investment as it will last for a long time! One company I recommend is: Dark Gardens. http://www.darkgarden.com I have a corset made by this company. It is beautiful and well made. I had some corrective surgery in 2009 and the corset no longer fits me in the bust and I do have the option to have it altered by the same company, but just haven't done it. Silly me.
Well, this ends the corset series. I have three new corsets as a baseline for my Regency, 18th century and Victorian projects coming up. What are they? Well, let's see. Ah, this is my ambitious project line up:
1. Regency day dress (finish a UFO) and a new Redingote, hat and accessories - deadline October 1.
2. 1880's day jacket bodice (I have a pretty black and pink 1880's ball gown and need a day jacket-bodice for the annual Christmas Tea at the Palace Hotel in December.
3. Optional: A George Barbier style 18th century gown for the Ball Carnival in Feb 2014.
4. Optional: Tudor Tailor kirtle, jacket and accessories - possibly for a Renaissance Faire in Sebastepol and Folsom, California. in September 2013
5. Start a Regency wardrobe for the Jane Austen Festival in 2014, Beginning with the top priority item on the list.
Phew! I have my work cut out for me and lots to post about. Stay tuned, dear friends.