December 2nd, 2007

sewing action

The Oblivion corset is completed

I have finally completed the corset for the Oblivion gown. I think it worked out well. You might remember that is based on the corset pattern found on page 81 of Corsets and Crinolines.

I blew the pieces up to full size (according to the provided scale), then slashed each down the middle and spread them 3/4 in.

The finished measurements of this corset are:
Bust - 39 in.
Waist - 29 in.
Hip - 38 in.

(Which means the original corset pattern would have made up as 31.5 / 21.5 /30.5, or thereabouts.)

Front length is `14.5 in. with 8 in. above the waist.

It's two layers of unbleached coutil with mostly 1/4 in. spiral bones. The bones backing up the lacing holes are 1/2 in. spring steel, of course. The busk is a 14 in. spoon busk. I really think I am going to like those.

The shape seems about right, and the bust seems to support me correctly. It's a little long for sitting in, but not impossible. There are wrinkles, though, so I have done something wrong. Alas.

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