January 29th, 2005

LadyHawke

I have started something that has long intimidated me.

I can follow directions with well created patterns with no trouble. But most of the old patterns i have found for corsets are complicated and have almost NO directions to them. But I have started on this one.

http://www.tudorlinks.com/treasury/freepatterns/w1869scorsetpatt.html

Using a ruler and the pattern pieces I thought it would be about 23 inches around at the waist. Well, it's bigger around than I thought (not terribly surprising) so I shaped my 30 inch waist down to 27.5 inches with just 1 inch gap (I was expecting more like 3 or 4). I really like the hip shaping.

BUT, it's either a very loose (and tall) underbust or a VERY short overbust. Either way, the top doesn't fit. I can make it an underbust with little trouble, but I wanted an over bust.

It closed at the top and bottom a whole heck of a lot easier than I expected. I think I may need to make the gussets a touch narrower. I am planning to cut a new one with about 1 inch more at the front top and with about 1 inch taken out of wide ends the gussets. Not sure how I plan to distribute that one inch yet.

Behind the cut are the pictures. I have a minimum of bones, and it shows in the back. I really should have put one on the side seam, at least. The pattern calls for the back to be nearly fully boned and that would help.

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