Thursday, December 30, 2010

"delicious and unbelievable unfetishly feminine..."

...were the words of my dear friend Snowlady when I showed her the (btw. again bad) pictures of my grey wool corset.

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, it's finished.
Last Thursday, with my mind already half on my weekend at my parents' and half on setting the grommets in the corset, it occured my (while brushing my teeth^^) that I had comepletely forgotten about the back modesty panel. So I quickly hauled out the sewing machine again and attached the binding on it, too. Good thing I had the triangle-corner of wool from cutting the bias tape left, and it made perfect bias strips for the modesty panel.
That's what happens when you bury important things under a pile of paper pattern pieces, fabric and embroidery stuff *lol*

However this left me with the grommets to do after a very relaxing weekend with my parents. I hope you had some nice Holidays, too?

So yesterday I put in the grommets and the lace today. I went with plain black corset lace tipped with silver aglets for now. Maybe I can find some grey lace later to replace it.
But enough talking, on with the pictures (I know you wanna see them ^^)

It fits well and quite comfortable, still the bust looks a bit weird. I'm not sure if maybe giving a bit more room at the top edge will make a smoother silhouette. The cups are nice, but I might set the bustline a tad higher the next time, as there's a little bit of space under the sidebust left and dragging the shaping higher might help.
But I really like the general shaping and the positions of the seams. Also the hip gore is really cool and provides a nice hipspring.
Next time I wanna try to work with boning channel tape as I got some ugly puckering from the clipped seam allowances when I pushed in the bones... also the wool was quite tricky to press in this case. I guess it's time I make myself a nice tailors ham. The sleeve board just doesn't do it for things like corsets anymore ^^

Ah well, next I wanna make an 1880s underskirt to wear under the planned fantailskirt, which will be done afterwards. We'll see how it'll work out ;)

Okay, that's it for today
I already wish you a Happy New Year, have a great time celebrating!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I can see an end... & Merry Christmas

Hello my fellow readers!

Another three weeks have passed already and the world is in full blow Christmas mood.
So before I will give you a little update on my corsetry work, I want to wish you all a

Merry, merry Christmas!

I hope you'll have a great and peaceful holiday season with your beloved ones.
May Santa be good to you, too ;)

Okay, now up to the small update...
The winter trousers for my Mom's uncle are all shipped and fit (according to him) very well *yay*.
So after being done with them I went on with the grey woolcorset.
I did the top flossing and attached the bias binding.
flossing with the binding pinned on the inside

with attached binding from the outside
and from the inside

So now all it needs are the grommets and the lacing. Unfortunately I haven't found a matching cord/ribbon yet. All the grey stuff I found was usually too light to match the wool. If anyone has an advice on where to look for a lace, please don't hesitate.

I'm afraid that's already all for now.
So enjoy the Holidays and I'll see you next week (hopefully).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm alive and working

Hello my dear readers,

I'm very sorry for not posting here for so long. I hope you didn't worry and if you paid a litte attention to the sideboard's work in progress list, you could see an update evey now and then.

So in the meantime I did a little progress with the grey wool corset. I pushed in all the bones and also started on the flossing.
First I made a little sampler with different flossing designs. a) to try out how the embroidery floss would go through the coutil and b) to decide which design would match the whole corsetry design best.

I then decided for the last one, as the narrow threads matched the embroidery best.
So I got started with the inner ends of the bones at the hip gore and then went on with the lower edge flossing. The upper edge will come next as soon as I find time again.

In the meantime I have been working on the pants for my Mom's uncle. No.1 is already shipped and according to the uncle it fits like a glove *yay* He said he didn't get them off after trying them on until bedtime *lol*
No.2 I finished last Sunday after cutting it and No.3 on Saturday evening. No.3 is in progress. The sideseams are done and I hope to finish up next week.
This weekend my parents will visit, so I won't be able to do anything till Tuesday.
But instead I will hopefully get a new desk with more working space under my bed. *wohoo*

Okay, so far with this little update.
Thanks for your patience, I hope to update more often again...
Stay tuned for more.