No news is lame

Let me make my apologies for a lack of updates. I bought a pair of secateurs to cut my boning to size but they were useless. This means saving up for a decent pair, which, with Christmas approaching, is taking time. Bringing me to a hard decision- I wont have this corset finished in time to enter the Foundations Revealed competition in February.

I will still finish this project, when I can buy the bits I need. And I will still share my progress here.

So until the new year, my friends. Enjoy this festive season.

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Fly With Me!

As I save money to purchase the boning and other accoutrements I need for my corset, I thought I would work on a little side project. So, I decided to make a set of ‘wings’ to add to the insect theme of the competition. I believe I have shown you the material I bought, but, if not, you’ll see them in the photos below.

The first thing i needed to do; make a pattern piece. I taped together enough newspaper sheets to fit the length of my arm. I lay my arm over the paper, marking where my wrist and elbow are. From there, it’s a quick sketch to draw the shape I want.

DSCF1803.JPG Here, you can see the netting and the satin on the right. The next step was to stitch the two together.

DSCF1811.JPG Here is the whole thing draped over the back of my three-seat sofa. So much shimmer from the net. It looks so lovely, these photos don’t do it justice. Now, I need a way to slip the wings over my arms. Here’s some fancy ribbon I bought ages ago, I was just wanting the perfect chance to use it.

DSCF1818.JPG Even more shimmer! This ribbon is a bit scratchy on my bare skin, but this can be easily remedied by the wearing of gloves in the final photo-shoot. I measured the ribbon out as pictured above, four times and stitched them into loops. All that remained was to attach the loops onto the wings. I also gathered the middle of the fabric to create more of a wing shape.

DSCF1820.JPG And the wings are done.

Hopefully, I shall have the necessities to carry on with my corset in the next few weeks, allowing for delivery time.

See you soon, everyone!

Looking Good, so far!

Went fabric shopping a few days ago, purchased lovely gold tone velvet, silver satin and iridescent netting. The latter two will be for making a pair of ‘wings’. The main body of the corset will be using the gold velvet. When I made the mock up, I totally forgot to photograph the pattern pieces before I cut them; something I was adamant would not happen again. DSCF1798.JPG

The process works the same as previously, match up the notches to ensure a proper fitting garment and stitch together. This took less time than the mock up, mostly due to knowing how the pattern fits together and I’m much more confident with it now. DSCF1800.JPG

I stitched the velvet to the linen to create a sturdier garment and hemmed the top edge. I’ve left the bottom edge open for the moment. I heard somewhere that you need to let velvet hang for a while before hemming the bottom. Don’t know how true that is, but I think it safe to err on the side of caution. DSCF1801.JPG

A little peek at the inside as it stands, currently. No boning or waist tape at the moment.

My next step for the corset is to purchase boning equipment and bias binding. This will probably have to wait for a couple of weeks, as I got some financial priorities coming up.

Worry not, good friends. I shall be making the wings whilst we wait. So, join me to make pattern pieces and stitch with some slippery satin and sheen-y netting.

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Here are the two fabrics layered on top of each other. This may be my favourite part of this process, the net is so gorgeous. The photo doesn’t do it justice.

More shall follow, in the approaching weeks…

Making a Mock up

I finalised my design, favouring a Bee instead of a Wasp. This should look amazing in gold velvet with black trim. I’ve decided to keep the wings from the Scarab design, which shouldn’t be hard to make, maybe out of a silver satin. I should have enough time to make a skirt out of black cotton but I have a skirt I can use. Just in case.DSCF1791

I cut out my pattern and found a swathe of spare fabric to make a mock up. I don’t have a clue what fabric it is, I think it’s linen. My husband bought it for me a while ago, with no more explanation than ‘I bought you fabric!’. I use it mostly to figure out how a pattern fits together. Holy hell, is it fibrous! It sheds worse than both of my cats.

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So, I made this with a generous seam allowance, I prefer to cut too big rather than too small. Even without this, this pattern, cut to a size 14, seems way too big for me. I stitched farther in on each piece to reduce the allowance but, still, the back pieces overlap and end near my armpits. The chest measurement in the photo above was a generous 52″, when the pattern sets a size 14 as a 40″ chest. To remedy this, I removed the back pieces. This fits much better now. I’m loving the shape so far and I can’t wait to see it in the velvet. When I buy it. Below is the finished mock up, with both ends hemmed. I think I shall use this as a base layer for the finished garment, meaning I can stitch the gold velvet to this linen.

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So far, it took me 3 hours to get to this stage. With minimal costs at the moment, I see no reason why this project should come out too expensive. I have found an online store that sells corsetry supplies, where I can buy a kit that contains all the boning and a busk. I need to check the size of the busk required to fit.

Onwards… to purchase the velvet.

Making my First Corset

Join me as I make a foray into the world of Corsetry, from start to finish.

This year, I have decided to enter Foundations Revealed’s corset making contest. I’ve been wanting to get to grips with corsetry for a while and, now I have a better knowledge of garment making and my sewing machine, I’m giving it a go.

The theme this year is ‘Insects’, and the deadline for entries is February 2018. This gives me plenty of time to figure out my design, pattern and fabrics.

I don’t believe there is any specifications regarding historical accuracy or if a specific pattern must be used. So I’m going with a Simplicity 1345, which should be nice and easy to follow. Before I start on the contest piece, I’ll need to make a trial run model. This is for 2 reasons; 1- to learn how the pattern fits together and 2- to figure out how it will fit me before I start cutting up good fabric.

Below, is my preliminary concept designs; one wasp and one scarab inspired. (Copyright J. Stone.)DSCF1789

The Scarab would be made from iridescent blue satin or similar material, with Aurora Borealis sequins to add a little sparkle. The Wasp would be in yellow satin with black velvet ribbon as a trim and black lace panelling. Honestly, I’m favouring the Wasp concept, as the contrasting, vibrant colours would look amazing.

My next step is to finalise my design and begin cutting my fabric to make the mock up. This is certainly going to be interesting, learning new skills and working with new fabrics. Financing this venture might be an issue but, given the deadline, shouldn’t be too much of a hindrance. I think the most expensive part of this is going to be the boning.

I hope you all continue to join me as I attempt this seemingly major feat. However, I’ll never know if I don’t try. I’ll post progress as it happens, with photos if possible.