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« on: May 28, 2007 08:55:50 AM »

a bunch of my friends were all dressing up to go see the new Pirates of the Carribean movie on Thursday night (the opening night).  since none of my usual ren fair costumes were very comfy for sitting in a movie theater for 3 hours, I decided to make a new one.  it took me about 8 hours to make with a few interruptions (I made it all on Thursday).



it's a slightly stretchy cotton blend from Walmart for $1/yd, two packs of plastic zip ties for light boning in the front, and some eyelets and ribbon from my stash.  even though it's very not historically accurate, it's comfy and will go with a lot of my other skirts for costumes (please excuse the shirt I'm wearing with it in the pic - they don't go well together, but I didn't have a good one for the cut of the bodice).

I drafted the pattern using the pattern generator on the Elizabethan Costuming website two summers ago.  here are two pics of a dress I made from the pattern so you can get a better idea of the back and such (both bodices were made from the same pattern, though the new one is shorter).

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2007 10:21:38 AM »

Very nice!  I like it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2007 11:20:33 AM »

that's great Kate! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2007 01:42:20 PM »

i love it, and i actually think the shirt goes perfectly with it! i like the way it adds the white triangles to the neckline.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2007 01:54:22 PM »

i love it, and i actually think the shirt goes perfectly with it! i like the way it adds the white triangles to the neckline.

yeah, I like the triangles...  but the shoulders are really slopey and off to the sides (it's a store bought shirt that is very very wide).  but I agree, I do like the triangles so maybe I'll make my next chemise in that style!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2007 02:24:25 PM »

Great job!  I like the shirt too - I don't think it looks bad at all, it certainly is "piratey".  I've never heard of using zip ties for boning - does it give good support?
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2007 02:42:21 PM »

Great job!  I like the shirt too - I don't think it looks bad at all, it certainly is "piratey".  I've never heard of using zip ties for boning - does it give good support?

it doesn't give very firm support, but it's fine for me (a small C cup) even without a bra.  if I bend the bodice, it will easily curve but it doesn't develop wrinkles and stuff like hemp can and it's cheaper and more accessable than regular plastic/steel boning.  I use it more just to keep my bodices straight and unbunched.  if you're going for support, I might try something else if you're not on the small side.
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2007 03:37:03 PM »

kate, how heavy were the zip ties you used? my sister (who DEFINITELY needs more support than us c cups!) uses zip ties and can totally cinch with them and get awesome support, but she uses super duper heavy ones!
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2007 08:29:21 PM »

yeah, I just use cheap ones from home depot.  I've never seen thicker ones there, but I'm sure they must exist other places.  but since the thinner ones work fine for me I've never really looked that hard.
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