viennabelle: (1841)
Today we woke up to a winter wonderland...everything has been coated by 5" of beautiful snow. Children in the neighborhood took to sledding and we enjoyed brisk walks around the neighborhood (that is, up until DH got an emergency call for work). Since all was quiet, I used the day to catch up on another UFO--my 1840s corset.

I am not going to win any workmanship awards for this corset. It isn't especially pretty. It is made with supplies on hand, completely machine sewn and I really didn't waste time trying to make it "period." Thanks to tension issues with my machine, several places where I sewed the binding on had to be oversewn. But it looks acceptable and it functions as it should: it gives me a flat front and curvy sides and back. It makes my 1840s bodice look great.
 
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I also am a big fan of bulk boning. In the long run it ends up cheaper--and it allows you the convenience of custom cutting boning to the desired length. On spiral and straight steel bones, I mark the metal with a Sharpie pen, then cut it with a set of tin snips. For years I would painstakingly grind the ends smooth and dip them in tool dipping solution, but lately I've taken to setting metal tips with epoxy, then crimping them in place. Here they are setting earlier this morning.

All of that attracted attention from my cat, Muffy...who felt obliged to be exceedingly cute.
 

On other notes concerning my 1840s mourning dress...I called Thai Silk about the black crinkle crepe. It is soft, not crisp--so that was a disappointment. However, I did search online some more and found a dealer in India who indicates that his crepe has a "distinctly crisp and crimped form." It sounds perfect, so I wrote away to him to inquire if he'd sell a small quantity to me.
viennabelle: (Harem Girl)
I'm on a serious kick here on completing my UFOs, so I'm going with it. I feel ridiculous that I never finished this thing. I made this corset at least a year ago, but never bound it off or punched in the grommets. This is late Victorian. It's got a real steampunk vibe, though I had no clue about the movement when I started making this. Come to think of it, inventorying my wardrobe left me with the recognition most of my fun clothes are either 50s era or victorian-inspired. Heck, my mom used to let me dress up that way even growing up (I can recall insisting on wearing full length dresses most of 4th grade (abt 1972)--and nobody ever making a comment).

Anyways, here are the pics:

 

I think this is my favorite corset so far--it's really pretty and it fits perfectly (which is great, since I adapted and altered it from a differently sized corset pattern). As my recently passed grandmother would say "hubba, hubba, girl!"

On a related matter, I was in an office earlier today where they had an old copy of last week's Sunday's New York Times in the waiting area. This is probably old news to everyone but me, but there was an article about the movement (linked here).  Interesting analysis.

I had a fun last night at sewing. Debbie is getting psyched for Costume College too. We're going to travel together, so we reviewed our registration and got advice from Jonatha.  I goofed in my registration--but the CC were nice enough to fix it rather than punishing me with my mistake. I'm already liking the atmosphere of this group!

I'm plugging away at the stays, but haven't had much time since yesterday morning. I should finish the sewing on them tonight, but then I don't have anything to bind it with.  I've tried emailing the Silly Sisters--but it seems Sarah's away. Oh well, once I get the bones in, I can at least machine off the bottom edge and use it for fittings until she gets back and sends it to me.


Finally, I am still waiting for my Featherweight!  I emailed the vendor--he apologized and mailed it yesterday. Isn't it pretty? I can't wait to see it in person!

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