I have two deadlines. One is a costume event in October and I need a bodice that is not started yet. But, before that, I have a self-imposed deadline. I have made it my goal to have an entry for every Historical Sew Fortnightly event and the next one is the Wood Metal Bone challenge which is due before my costume event. So part of the madness is starting a project that doesn’t NEED to be done and risking being half-naked for my next costume outing!
The other part of the madness is trying to make something that I have mentally viewed as very difficult and I am trying to do it without benefit of a pattern or instructions! I am trying to make a corset and I am hoping to use stuff I remember reading on other blogs (at least I think I remember reading it) and basic intuition. I dismantled a corset that was falling apart and was a hair to big. I hoped to use the fabric pieces as pattern pieces but it was impossible to take apart. All I could do was cut the hardware out.
I do have my corset that I am currently using (but it is about 1″ to small).
I traced each piece and added 1/16 of an inch (for enlarging) plus a 1/2 ” seam allowance to each side. I did not add a seam allowance to the top and bottom because I think that was simply covered by the self bias tape and not lost in a seam. It was a bit tricky tracing the pieces as the boning made it hard to lay the pieces flat. But not impossible.
I did a trial run to see if it looked right. It did and that will be the lining. I’m considering my existing corset as the mock-up. This lining matched up to the corset I have, with exception of being about an inch bigger-which I wanted.
I flat lined all the pretty baby blue fashion fabric with some dark blue broad cloth.
And then I sewed the fashion fabric together.
I’m not happy with the lack of pattern matching but such is life when you fly by the seat of your pants!
Speaking of flying by the seat of your pants…. I wasn’t sure if you clipped seams to cut down on bulk or if you didn’t clip to help maintain the integrity of seams that have to withstand a lot of force. I went for leaving the seams intact. I also thought that sewing on the bias tape at this point will save me some work later as I think I’d have to hand sew both sides if I put it on further along in the construction.
I’ll let you know tomorrow if these last two guesses were right or not. I do confess to having some anxiety about the strength of my seams, fabric and thread. I have visions of walking along and then in an explosion of fabric, boning and fat I end up standing in a pile of threads and torn fabric! Definately, going with the trial and error method!