Friday, December 16, 2011

Beginnings of a 1912 corset....

I started this a while ago, but stopped due to some other pressing business. I'm planning on making a complete 1912 ensemble, so this is the first step, so far. And it isn't very far yet. :)

*NOTE: These are photos by me... NOT my sister. My apologies. *cough*

The pattern I got online from Bridges on the Body, which I found through a google search. :) *confession* I had never really sized-up a pattern before *end confession*

Here are the pieces after I measured and dotted and drew and corrected and added a couple sizes and re-drew.

An old curtain? Perfect for a mock-up!

Here they are, all sewn together and fitted....sort of. I had to take in a few of the seams, but it was very easy and not too head-achey. 

It fits me better than the dress-form. And I do NOT stab myself with pins when I'm doing least, not often. *insert Dick Van Dyke cough*

The pins are markings for the casings. I was too lazy to draw it out with a pen....why work that hard for a mock-up, right? They are just going to get ripped back out later!

And there are all the casing...and all the extra thread ends that I need to cut off. :) 

The mock-up isn't quite done - I still have to put in the lacing and try it on one last time, (hopefully....) and then I'll be ready to roll with the real thing. What do you think... should I make it pretty and get printed material, or go cheap and do boring white? I can't decide!

But this project is going on hold.... have a more pressing project, which I need to start. Soon. See the big roll of fabric in the background of the above photo? *big grin*

And now I'm off. Just a quick blog post, to show that I'm still sewing, still blogging, still alive, and still happy! :) It's been a great day - big project for some friends finished, yard work, singing, peppermint chocolate truffles to make, and maybe finishing watching Bleak House tonight. 

See ya'll later!


  1. Like the post! Looking forward to further updates. :)

    Peppermint chocolate truffles . . . mmm . . . sounds oh so yummy!

  2. I happen to think you take very FINE pictures - in addition to being a seamstress extraordinaire! But you might want to do something about that cough...

  3. wow, that looks terribly complicated. I am duly impressed. I say make it with pretty fabric! It'll be more fun to wear. =)

    PEPPERMINT TRUFFLES! I'll be over there straight away...

  4. I had the pleasure of seeing your mock-up in person and I must say that it is coming along really well Tara! :)

  5. Moriah - They were rather yummy! :)

    Mom - :) Haha!

    Laurelyn - Well, as you can see from the post I did today, I ended up going with boring white, but will pretty-it-up with some colored trimmings! :) Actually it isn't too complicated - just a lot of seams! Come on over anytime - I'll make some more truffles for you!

    RJ - Thanks! I'm excited to be finally making the real thing! Now you have to come and see the actual corset and give me your opinion! :)

  6. I started making a corset, but when I finished, the edges where the lacing happens weren't straight, and I think it's because my shapes aren't the right shape (if you take my meaning...) how did you figure out what shapes to use? I mean, mine are all hourglasses, because I just took off however much I needed from each one...which can't be right!

  7. The Mad Elvish Poet - I'm having trouble following what you mean.... corsets are just support garments, and each era has a different shape (Colonial would be a cone shape, Victorian an hourglass, and Titanic would be a flat front with defined lines in the back, and small hips), and a corset isn't exactly designed to be comfortable, but to pull your body into that shape. I guess my main advise to you would be: experiment. See what works on your body better, don't be afraid to pull in seams. The more practice you do, the better it will get! Also, it might be helpful to have a friend over and let her help you fit it on you. I hope that was helpful..... :/

  8. That was helpful! Sorry, I'm a poor hand at explanation! But thank you very much! What I meant was that each pattern piece was an hourglass shape (I wince at how I said it earlier) and I don't think that's right. But thank you!



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