elizabeth_mn: (blue silk back)
All I managed to get photo-wise were a few really quick ones with my street clothes just before the corset was whisked off to work for display.


Reading about [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson's issues with wrinklyness in her corset, I should probably be ashamed of myself for calling this done, but I just don't have time in my life to make it (or anything, ever) any better than this.  That being said, I'm pretty happy with it!  It gives me a 2" waist reduction, the bust support is good, and the overall shape is nice and curvy.

Lots more photos! )


Jun. 20th, 2013 09:06 am
elizabeth_mn: (blue silk back)
My Truly Victorian corset just needs binding and it's done.  I did a final try-on this morning, and it's looking okay.  Not great, but okay.

Seriously, there are so many amazing corset makers here on LJ (you know who you are!) and elsewhere, it's hard for me to see what I have made and feel like it is good enough.  But it's probably the best I can do.

The shape is really curvy.  Kind of wishful thinking with the hips.  The waist came out super small.  But it's comfortable, and it has a nice bust uplift. I'm just not sure what happened between my mock-up and my real version.  It's SO much smaller in the waist, and the hips look lumpy instead of smooth because I'm not filling them out.

Photos tomorrow if I finish!


Jun. 13th, 2013 08:13 am
elizabeth_mn: (blue silk back)
Corset is cut out and pieces are labeled, now on to the sewing.  I plan to try the method in Truly Victorian's directions whereby the shell and lining pieces are joined at the same time, and each panel completely encloses the seam allowances of the last.  Previously I have preferred to create a separate shell and lining and stack them WS together, then either sew boning channels all the way through or apply bone casings to the surface.  That method works for me, but it's time to shake things up a bit and do something different!

I have a lot of chore/visits/obligations today so who knows if I will make it to the sewing machine until tomorrow, but here's hoping.
elizabeth_mn: (blue silk back)
I'm starting my new stays today; I've tweaked the pattern from the old stays a little and today I'll have some time to cut them out.  I found some green twill in the stash that will do.  The pattern is the diderot stays from Corsets & Crinolines.  I could have started from scratch with something fancier, but I just want functional.  Plus just having a front and back pattern piece is easier in so many ways.

I used reed last time; I plan to use the Wissner German plastic this time.  I have half a coil of 7mm but I might just buy a coil of the tiny stuff (5mm) since for this I think tinier is better. 

My question for this is how do you apply those crossing horizontal bones in front?  Do you make a separate tape casing?  I can't find the answer to this in any of my books.

The next corset I need to do is Regency.  I plan to try the Laughing Moon pattern, unless I find some really great reviews of the Past Patterns or Mantua Maker ones.


Oct. 20th, 2012 09:14 am
elizabeth_mn: (Default)
I've nearly finished V2 of the Simplicity corset (just binding left!) this time in bright teal blue cotton with satin spots.  

I tried it on yesterday after setting grommets and getting all the boning in, and it fits pretty well.  I made the bust smaller than the last one and also scooped some extra fabric from the underbust area for more support.  The waist is a little bigger as well.  I used to feel comfortable reducing by about 2-3", but now I get dizzy if I go over 2", and around 1" is really more comfortable.

I got a picture a couple weeks ago of the pink one and posted it on the Treadle blog to advertise the class.

If 6-years-ago me had heard that I would make a Simplicity pattern corset and bone it with plastic, I would have shaken my head in disgust.  But I like the way it's looking and fitting and the German plastic is surprisingly firm and supportive.

Still, I feel like I have been making the same corset over and over for years.  I have made a dozen corsets for myself just like this, or very similar, over the years.  Next time I really ought to try something new and different!

a few links

Feb. 4th, 2010 12:42 pm
elizabeth_mn: (needlecraft)

For [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson , [livejournal.com profile] bauhausfrau , [livejournal.com profile] green_martha , and other parents of boys: February is Celebrate the Boy month at Made by Rae. It's only the 4th and there are already lots of cute ideas!

For corset-lovers: Craft magazine recently linked to Bridges on the Body, a blog whose author is attempting to sew every corset in Norah Waugh's Corsets and Crinolines.
elizabeth_mn: (needlecraft)
 Weekend's progress:

Went to a fabulous little yarn shop with [profile] undycatthat I never knew existed called 3 Kittens.  They are the only place I've ever seen locally that carries wool and silk embroidery threads, and they had a huge selection!  They had lots of cool knitting yarns, too.  It's in Lilydale, which is just south of the river from St. Paul, off 35E.  It's my new favorite fiber shop!

The Loot! )

Now I'm determined to finish the squares and bars pillow so I can start something new with all my new threads!  I pulled it out and took photos of it just for the heck of it:

This weekend I also finally finished my red silk corset.

I finally got around to taking pictures of my mitten!

And I also made a little orange basket for the kitchen.

I feel so productive!  Today I still need to catch up on some mending and some more loose ends, but I'm still eager to start on a real new project.  Hopefully soon!
elizabeth_mn: (Default)
Last night I finished the red silk corset up to the point where it only needs binding now, and I tried it on.  It fits pretty well, the bust and hip are are bit looser than I would prefer (and I really can't lace any tighter) but it's so minor that it still gets a passing score from my inner quality control.  So I'm relatively pleased with it.

Then, as I was eating dinner last night, a random thought occurred to me.  I was making this corset specifically to enter in the State Fair, but I remembered I read a rule stating that people who use a craft as a means of livelihood and not just as a hobby are prohibited from entering.  I had forgotten because I told myself last spring that I was done with sewing for pay (forever!).

So, needless to say, I had a bit of a meltdown.  After feeling so crappy all week about the dance dresses and nervous about a performance coming up this weekend, I was really enjoying thinking and planning and working on my Fair stuff.  It was so disappointing!  I can't enter this dumb corset that I've been working on solely for the purpose of entering!  

I know they'd probably never find out I sew for pay sometimes for half a dozen friends and acquaintances, but I'd feel so unethical breaking the rules like that.  Besides, if they did find out, I might never be able to enter the Fair again, and that would be no fun.

So I decided I just won't enter it.  I'll finish it for it's own sake, and I'm still planning on bringing in my embroidery and baking entries, but still, I'm pretty bummed.
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I've really been putting off working on the dance dresses this past week.  I really don't know why I feel the need to leave everything to the last possible minute.  Instead of working on them yesterday (which I promised myself I would!) I spent a few hours embroidering.  

I'm about halfway done now with the outlining on my new piece.  When I'm done with the outlining (read: when I feel I've accomplished something) I'll post pictures - I need some help finalizing my color scheme!

A few days ago I was fiddling with my beaded flowers project, the one I was planning on entering in the fair, and I think I've decided against it.  I almost entered it last year, but I mis-read the entry info and missed the drop-off time by about 3 hours.  (Of course, my little heart was broken.)  But I wasn't really happy with the piece anyway and so I shoved it in a bag for almost a year, and now (obviously) I'm still not happy with it.  I don't think I got the varegated colors on the petals at all right.  I was planning on re-making a few parts of it and reassembling it, but I think I'll leave it till fall and skip entering it yet again.  Too much work, too much "learning experince" type problem solving in too short a time.

I've put the busk in my new red corset and I've started stitching the boning channels.  I've also cut out most of my bustle and decided I don't want to bother with a mock-up (although that does have a sort of ominous "famous last words" sound to it).

Apart from the embroidered pillow and the corset and bustle set, I'm still planning on doing a couple little stuffed toys for my fair entries.  But today, I really have to work on dance dresses.  I can't wait until they're done and I can finish all my fun state fair stuff!  I think I have just a little over 2 weeks until the drop-off date!
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I cut the new front piece for my red silk corset and attached it.  I haven't gotten any farther than that yet but I can already tell it's going to improve the fit a lot.  Today I hope to put the busk in and stitch the boning channels.

I've enlarged the bustle pattern from Corsets and Crinolines. I wonder if I should do a mock-up or if I should just go ahead?  I think I might just dive into the actual fabric and see what happens.  I don't have a whole lot of time before the state fair's handcraft drop-off day.

I finally started the outlining on my new embroidery piece.  I'm a pretty slow embroiderer, but I still hope to have it done for the fair.

I also finally started on my HB's organic denim natual-indigo-dyed jeans. 

So things are happening!  I think if I can stay focused on my few current projects, and not daydream too much about things I will be sewing a month from now, I'll keep making good progress. 
elizabeth_mn: (blue linen)
Since I'm dumb, I didn't do a mock-up for this corset.  After I sewed it together yesterday, it seemed a little small, so I pinned the lining together in front, basted some lacing strips behind, and laced myself in.  Turns out it isn't too terribly small, but the front is weird; the CF drops too low on top, too heart-shaped and modern-looking.  And the bust gusset is not quite in the right place.  So I'm going to rip off the front piece and make a new one with a few tweaks, hopefully that will solve the problems.

I scold myself and say "you should have made a mock-up!" but when I think about it, I haven't really lost much time by having to go back and fix a piece, just a few inches of fabric.  Besides, I know I can't be the only person for whom the Law Of Mock-ups states that when your mock-up fits perfectly, your garment won't, no matter what.  There is some kind of tear in reality between the mock-up, the pattern pieces, and the garment fabric.  (Yeah, I don't like doing mock-ups much.)


Jul. 19th, 2007 09:36 am
elizabeth_mn: (blue linen)
I drafted my new corset pattern from the old one yesterday and I was about to cut out the fabric when I noticed it has slubs.  Just little, teeny, not very noticable unless the light hits it just so slubs, but slubs nonetheless.  So of course I had to have one of those half-hour long moments of uncertainty in which I just sit there and stare at the fabric and worry and fret and contemplate.  And (also of course) I just went ahead anyway.  I suppose I can live with a slightly slubby corset and bustle, mostly because I have about $5 to my name right now and I can't really buy anything else, and the only other two suitable silks I have in the stash are white (ick) and a pretty dark burgundy, which I didn't really want to use, even if it is perfectly perfect, wonderful, smooth taffeta.  Those two are also left over from Mr. Painting's project; I don't think I could bring myself to buy such luscious stuff without some idea of what I'm going to do with it.

Other than the slubbiness, though, this fabric is pretty dreamy.  It so crisp, it rustles like paper, but it has good substance.  And it's a lovely color, sort of a pale red, from the cherry-red warp and the straw-yellow weft.  After I make the corset and bustle I'll have about 1 1/2 yards left, so I asked my honeybunny if he wants a new doublet out of it.  (He said sure, and I said ok, next year.)
elizabeth_mn: (needlecraft)
Yesterday I finished writing my little documentation paper for my State Fair historic garment entry. They say they need documentation but they don't say how much or what kind, so I just wrote up about a page of explanation and included some photos (properly referenced. . . I hope) from fashion plates and costume museums.

So now I have a bit more of a guide for my project. I expanded the period I'm trying to represent, I decided it would be easier for me to just take into account all the years from 1870-1875, instead of just one specific year. It seems like corsets and bustles would be used for several years anyway. (I am so not a hardcore historian, so I'm just trying to do the best I can.)

Today I'm going to take the pattern from my black corset (please ignore the 'this is the 100th picture I've had to pose for" look on my face) and modify it, add bust gussets, lengthen the hips, etc. and cut out the new corset. I'm making a matched set, corset and bustle, out of some lovely red/yellow shot silk I have left over from Mr. Painting's project last winter.  I don't know how accurate that is, but I like having matchy underwear!

I also finally traced my new embroidery design for my embroidery entry so I can start doing the outlining tonight, yay!
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So this weekend I finished making a new corset for a woman I made a costume for last year.  She got a rather loud cotton print covered with Darth Vader.  She is planning on wearing it with her ren fest costume but also when going out clubbing and when working at the Gay 90s (a gay club in town with drag acts).   The last corset I made her was white with big red hearts.

I did the boning channels in really heavy red topstiching thread; seriously, this stuff was like rope!  but it made a really good strong line.  It was gutermann topstiching.

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