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« on: June 16, 2009 11:05:27 AM »

Yay first corset! I really wanted a Regency corset to go to an upcoming event here in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the event, but I plan on continuing sewing so I have something for next year's Sense and Sensibility picnic. The corset is made up of one layer cotton/silk sari fabric for the outside, one layer of canvas, and another layer of silk/cotton sari fabric for the lining.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of things popped up in the final version that didn't show in the mock up.

There's a lot of wrinkling along the sides, an indicator that I need more bones, and lacing the back too tight creates puckering even with the double boning at the eyelets. This seems to be from the drastic measurement change from my waist, which kept squishing down, and my hips, which did not. So, apparently in addition to the hip and bust gores, I also needed an ass gore to make it fit flat. :/

Even in these pictures it's pretty obvious the corset just does not want to be laced completely. Also, I think the bust gores were a little useless on me. Since we couldn't lace as tight to keep the puckering at bay, there was no "shelf boob" for a proper figure. I've had a lot of recommendations for more grommets to even it out, so I may do this. I also need to find some longer laces so it'll only tie at the top.

And I'm still considering taking out the stitches on the straps (which could also stand to be shortened a couple of inches), and redoing the bias tape by hand. The twill tape on the inside will be cut away later. The ladies at Lacis were worried that the outer fabric, the layer on canvas, and the lining fabric wouldn't be strong enough for the grommet punch.

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Forgive the weird faces and makeshift laces. Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2009 12:19:27 PM »

Well it looks really cool!   How do you guys make these things? I just cant figure it out.
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2009 12:22:00 PM »

Very pretty I love the color/fabric combo! I am working on a pair myself (though just white duck+broadcloth), I have not gotton to that point yet but i have heard of people getting their gusset to fit better by sewing ties under the bias right where the straps start and feeding them through to tie in the center busk opening. Would that help?
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2009 12:50:53 PM »

WAIT???

THEY HAVE REGENCY FAIRS? Omg I never knew. I'm not that far from the bay either. I love that period of clothing!

This is awesome! I love regency costumes. Pride and prejudice is my favorite book.
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2009 03:32:37 PM »

That looks very difficult.  I admire you for trying a period undergarment!


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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2009 01:08:58 AM »

yeah what regency fair??? where? wheen?Huh??

did you know there is a pirate festival in vallejo this weekend.

http://www.norcalpiratefestival.com/
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2009 07:44:22 AM »

Well it looks really cool!   How do you guys make these things? I just cant figure it out.

I used the Regency Corset pattern from Mantua Maker. I'd say the instructions are pretty clear, except for a few parts where I needed to reread them a few times to understand them. I'd recommend it as a first pattern, but warn not to cut corners or get frustrated easily with it.
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2009 08:51:09 AM »

Love your corset, afraid of making my own. Looks great, the colors work.
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2009 07:50:54 AM »

You should never lace a corset completely closed, it is bad for your spine, you should always leave a 2-4 inch gap in the back when lacing.
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2010 05:40:59 AM »

Very pretty.
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