Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just hand sewing!

In between working on Josh's colonial outfit, I've worked on my 1912 corset and today I nearly finished it! I only have to hand-sew on the trimming and put in the eyelets, and it'll be finished!!

I intended to do a pretty light floral print fabric, but couldn't find anything that I liked at the store for a good price, and time was running out (sort of....you could just say that I was getting impatient), so I pulled out the white cotton duck left over from the regency stays and set to work. But I couldn't do just white, so I used a muted robin's egg blue (description by my sister... I couldn't think of a good way to describe it) bias tape and some white lace to trim the edges and make it look pretty. :)

What made me really excited was I got to use a busk for the first time. I've made corsets in the past, but just used large coat hooks and boning to close it, which left a 1/2" gap in the front and was rather uncomfortable. I ordered the busk from Corset Making Supplies, and it shipped very fast, that I didn't have time to get impatient. :) I also got the lacing for it there and an awl, another corset making tool I had never used. It works great!

I'll be posting more finished photos once all the hand-sewing is done! And stay tuned for a post on Josh's "Patrick Henry" outfit, which has taken up most of my sewing time these past few weeks! You may only get sneak peaks of it though, because to see it in full, you'll want to be at this conference!


  1. very cool! can't wait to see the finished pics. :)

  2. I will never understand why you actually LIKE making all those casings. :-)
    And the muted robin's egg blue.... me likey.

  3. Wow, Tara. I can't believe your actually doing this! It looks professional! (not like it wouldn't, but sometimes when beginners - like me - try to make something like this it doesn't look great at all!) Great job! I can't wait to see what it looks like!

  4. That's great! My Civil War era corset that my mom made used the busk, etc. It's also has light blue trimming. I've worn it, I think, a grand total of twice. After that I decided I liked being able to breath more than being period correct. =)

  5. Wow...that is so cool. I love the robin's egg blue with the white. I'd love to see the whole outfit though!
    Lexie N.


  6. CNK - I'll be sure to post them, once I finish alllllllll those eyelets! :)

    Kathryn - Casings are cool. What can I say? Thank you for the description. It was helpful. :)

    Elizabeth - Awww, thank you!

    Kellie - Haha! Yes, breathing is better, but somehow, I love wearing my corsets..... just thankful I don't have to wear them everyday! Every few months is good for me! ;)

    Lexie N. - Thank you! I'll be posting more parts of the outfit once they are all sewn! Still have to get material for the actual dress! :)

  7. I've been very inspired by your blog to start sewing again! Thanks so much! By the way, I awarded you so have a look at my blog to see! http://pearls-on-a-string.blogspot.com/

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  9. Sarah - Oh goody! I love to hear that other people have started to sew! Thank you so much for the award - I'll have to see if I can get that up in the near future! :)

    Rose H. - Thanks so much!



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