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rowangolightly's wedding corset - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
January 6th, 2007
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rowangolightly's wedding corset
This is not bound, as she's going to bind it herself.

I can't claim anything here but the craftsmanship. The fabric was chosen (and dyed, I think) by rowangolightly and the pattern is Simplicity 9769 (altered slightly at bust and hip).

The brocade is WonderUndered to coutil and I found that the hip curve is more extreme than I am used to, so flat felling wasn't really feasible. Instead, I double stitched each load bearing seam, folded each seam allowance under itself (as if each were the wrapping part of a flat fell) and sewed them down, to bind in the raw edges. Then I sewed boning tape over the seam, spanning it, so as to take some of the strain.

I really don't want to talk about what was involved in getting the front (busk-bearing) piece sewn to the second piece. We are talking 3 (actually, 6) layers of fabric here. One entire case of needles, when I hadn't broken a single one up to then. No, not even when sewing in the busk. O.O Needless to say THOSE seams don't have boning tape on them.

There are eighteen 1/4 in flat bones throughout and two (because there wasn't room for four) 1/2 in flat bones at the grommet edge.


Okay on to the pictures



Here we have the front, of course. Pillows just don't fill out the hips well, you will have to imagine.





Here's it's even more obvious I didn't get the corset on the pillows straight. :p And I should have placed the bunny ears at least one set of grommets up. Take note, rowangolightly, you want the ears between the fifth and sixth grommets up (or the tenth and eleventh grommets down). I think they could even go up one more than that. I seem to have placed a grommet pair right at the waist. The lace was just something I had lying around. rowangolightly will of course pick her own and I have great faith in her ability to lace up a corset. ;) The uneven gap is because I just HAD to give the ears one more tug before tying off and didn't pull in the extra slack from the top.





What can I say, it's a side picture.



I had to resist my tendency to try to match patterns here, as I was working with a limited supply of fabric, And this corset pattern isn't really very conducive to matching, anyway. I contented myself with just lining up the top edges of the pattern pieces as I was cutting. I believe I will try that with the waist from now on.

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From:joyflgrrl
Date:January 6th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
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That is beautiful! I'm afraid to try to contruct my own corset (of course, you wouldn't know that from the three different patterns I have sitting around). I've done bodices...but a corset!
Congrats.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 7th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
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Thank you. It's really not that bad. No gores, so the sewing is pretty simple. It's sizing it that's ... interesting.
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From:apocalypticbob
Date:January 6th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Looks great! And she will have plenty of us there to make sure she is laced in, should she need help.

Very, very pretty.

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From:solan_t
Date:January 7th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
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Thank you.


And :D to the lacing comment.
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:January 7th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
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As always, your handiwork is splendid!!! Is that really the CW corset pattern!!?? It looks so nice!!(I made it up once as a mock-up but the sizing was extremely bad)
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From:solan_t
Date:January 7th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
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Thank you. Yes, that is the Civil War corset. And yes, the sizing is extremely bad. I started out putting a corset on her that I knew the size of and going from there. lol
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:January 8th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
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hmmmm.... maybe I should give that pattern a second chance.....
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From:malinear
Date:January 7th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
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ooh, that looks awesome! I can't wait to get mine finished now :)
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From:solan_t
Date:January 7th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
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I have a large number of corsets made to that pattern. I a quite fond of it.
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From:starseeking
Date:January 7th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm quite envious of your talent. That's the best looking corset I've ever seen!
From:rowangolightly
Date:January 9th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
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OOOOOOH! Ooh...honey!

You know...when I started looking at it, I thought the pattern was matched and thought, "how in hell did she do that?" and I'm a matching maniac!

So there. It's gorgeous and I will adore wearing it.
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