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I don't think I could be a professional seamstress. I have made… - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
January 9th, 2007
11:39 am


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I don't think I could be a professional seamstress. I have made quite a number of corsets for myself. If I made mistakes I would do a kind of triage: Can it stay, or do I have to undo/remake it for the structural integrity of the garment? If the integrity isn't in question, is the work required worth the change? That sort of thing. I think every single one of my corsets have 'issues' that were more work to correct than the correction seemed worth.

There were a number of times while making rowangolightly's corset where, if it had been mine, I would have just left the mistake, but because it was going to someone else, I ripped it out and redid it, whatever it was.

And now, with the garment out of my hand and in hers, my backbrain is having a field day tormenting me with all the things that have never gone wrong before... but could.

Typical internal conversation:

Fear: The seams may just burst.

Superego: They never have before.

Fear: But they may just burst. Remember, that one I did at 6 s/i was easy to pull.

Superego: Yes, it was. That's why I ripped out all the finishing and oversewed it at 8 s/i.

Fear: But, the seams could still rip out.

Superego: Look, this insistance is the reason I double sewed all but the first two at both 6 and 8 s/i. Okay? Can I drop this? If my corsets haven't burst a seam, this one REALLY isn't going to. No, not even the two with just 8 s/i. Shut up about this.

Fear: The seams may still burst. Also, there is no waist tape.

Superego: No, I didn't put in a waist tape. I have NEVER put in a waist tape. And only one corset (with HIP GORES) might actually have needed one. This corset does NOT have hip gores.

Fear: There still isn't a waist tape. Oh, and the busk may break. It's not new, after all.


Strangely, I have no fears about the grommets, when I have had actual issues with them once or twice. Totally irrational.

I wonder how much of this might just be hormonal, and how much has to do with the corset being meant for a fellow seamstress.

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Date:January 9th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I totally understand this. When I'm making something for anyone other than me, it has to be "perfect". Ha. Try doing that when the pattern's instructions aren't even right!! (I actually figured that one out - on a wedding dress no less!)

My current argh is that I'm actually attempting not one, but two first time underbust corsets (the mockup fit nicely actually) for myself and Lisa, and then there's the stretchy material for the rest of the outfit.... I don't know HOW to sew stretchy material so that it doesn't stretch it out of shape and/or retains its' shape. Waaaaah! Practice will help figure it out, I know, but I don't have that much time... conflation's only 31 days away!!! eek!
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Date:January 9th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
You are completely normal, I do the same thing. Listen to the voices and do whatever changes and alterations you feel you should do. I keep notes on each corset and how I would do it different if I make another like it.
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Date:January 9th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Breathe. Even though the odds of any of this happening are very slim to none at all, let's remember that this is a special occasion piece, not one that is going to be worn for daily tight lacing. Not only will it hold together just fine, but she is going to look radiant in it. She's happy with it, and she is a professional seamstress. In fact, her exact wording is that it is gorgeous! If there were flaws in it that concerned her, she would have brought it to your attention, and if something loosens, she has the ability and the machinery to fix it, not that that is going to happen.

Trust the Bob. The corset is stunning in the pictures, and I have every intention of having her show it to me in person on Tuesday.

Date:January 9th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
What she said... *stops* Pictures? *stops to go look for pictures*

Ok, wow, I had missed that post. My dear, it is the prettiest corset I've ever had (partly because I always rush mine together since its for me and I suck at getting my underthings done) and I will thoroughly enjoy wearing it.

The seams won't split; that's the most solidly constructed corset I've ever worn including the one that Missouri Rep made for me to wear during the Dicken's Festival.

I will be wearing it for more than just the wedding, of course, but it's too nice for 'daily' wear. I'll probably only wear it for this photo shoot before the wedding...and of course, trying it on when Bob is here!

I'm very excited; it's gorgeous; breathe!

See, this is why trade-outs are so cool; you knocked yourself out and I got something gorgeous I would never have put that much time into (and would've had an inferior product as a result.) You'll end up with a gorgeous tall hat that you wouldn't have put the time into for yourself.

Oh yeah, professional seamstresses go through this, too, especially after a client problem. It happens. You just learn to compromise when something does and doesn't matter; while there's no such thing as 'good enough' there is such a thing as being so anal-retentive that you lose every bit of profit margin...it's an on-going struggle. You can't spend so much time on a project that it beggers you, especially if you're doing it for rent and grocery money!

And I've been doing this for 25 years...
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Date:January 9th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
I think anybody who sews for somebody else always have those fears and doubts, it's just worse when the recepient is also a fellow of the same craft. You do not need this type of stress so let it go. You did a beautiful job on it, EVERYONE says so, and your super id knows it, too. It's outta your hands now too so no worries, K? ;-)smile and breath dear! scratch that, reverse it!
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Date:January 9th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
It's the cheese!
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