31 March, 2011

New Corset, Update

 It’s snowing. WTF. It’s March 30. And it’s snowing. Thus is the fun of weather in Indiana. :-P
So, my first step today is to finish the top-edge stitching on my corset. Following this, I’ll be ready next to pattern out the corset onto the facing fabrics. The front is a lovely gold tapestry-like fabric with a gorgeous filigree-style weave. For the interior facing I chose a matching microsuede remnant. 




So soft!! I wanted to make this corset pretty, rather than just functional. That way at the incredibly warm festivals, I can just wear the corset on the outside and make it my strapless bodice. The fewer layers, the better at the southern faires in late spring! Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like the channels aren’t going to be hand-stitched…the bones come so close that I think I’m going to have to hand-stitch the facing fabrics on to the final product before edging it all.



 You can see in this picture that I had to get creative with my side boning. I was feeling inventive (and a bit confuzzled), so I designed these lines myself. The pattern generator that I used (www.elizabethancostume.net/custompat/ ) had a great pattern line for the boning, but I didn’t feel that it would be enough support for me for a full day at the festivals. So, I got creative and added full boning through the first tab and created a 6-bone fan over the 2nd and 3rd, splitting over the tab split, as you can see here:



Also, for everyone’s safety (especially my own), I reinforced the section around where the split will be as well as stitching about 4 rows above each split.




Now that I’m here, I find myself divided. The tapestry fabric is gorgeous. The “wrong” side of the tapestry fabric is gorgeous. The microsuede is gorgeous (and so soft). I have three paths I can take from this point. Such a fun dilemma.
   A.) I can use the “right side” of the tapestry on the front, and the microsuede on the back. Optional to be reversible.
   B.) I can use the “wrong side” of the tapestry on the front, and the microsuede on the back. Optional to be reversible.
   C.) I can use the “wrong side” of the tapestry on the front and the “right side” on the back. Optional to be reversible…optional but encouraged.






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