Been very busy over the past few weeks, although until the past week it's not been with sewing! But I'm remedying that now.
I've got a couple of Victorian events coming up in September, and since my Victorian wardrobe is sadly lacking - especially post-1860s - I've decided to remedy that. Hopefully. If I don't run out of time. I have an early 1870s dress, but since that doesn't thrill me, I'm going to start from scratch in the natural form style. I have some half-finished combinations in the UFO bin and a bunch of Truly Victorian patterns in the mail, but what I've been working on this week is the corset.
I bought the 1876 Corset for Cuirasse Bodices from Ageless Patterns, and in the past week have mocked it up and fit it, cut out the pieces, and sewn them together.
I'm a lazy and cheap corset-maker, so I've been using cotton duck for years to make corsets instead of coutil (I bought five yards of it on the cheap years ago, and haven't run out yet!), and plastic cable ties instead of steel for boning. I am going to spring for a spoon busk though.
So, for this corset I've got a layer of duck topped with a layer of blue silk taffeta - because who wants a natural duck-colored corset? Not me. I spent a couple days hand-basting the layers together, because I've discovered this is A Good Thing to do.
|Pile of pieces. 20 in total.|
|Well, half a corset here. I promise there IS another half!|