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« on: July 19, 2009 05:21:14 PM »

I hate clothes shopping so a shop-bought Prom dress was always going to be more of a nightmare than a homemade one and luckily I have a very talented mother who did night classes in corset making a year or two ago. So she said she'd make me a corset.



She went to a sale of old costumes by the Scottish Ballet, not with my Prom outfit in mind but to study the way the costumes had been put together. While looking at tutus and strange formal coats with intricate, flexible fastenings she found a piece of silk at a very cheap price(for silk). So she bought it- while it is a much brighter colour than I would have chosen, the rich orange shot with black is gorgeous. And the label on it said something like 'first female soloist' so I'm wearing cloth that was the offcuts of a costume of a dancer!



The pattern is of a proper historical corset, though I can't remember what period it's from. (I can find out the name and manufacturer of the pattern if anyone is interested.) She first made a mock-up of the pattern from scrap fabric and then fitted it to me, adding in extra triangles for my womanly hips.  Wink There are a lot of layers of cotton under that silk, to make it strong enough, as well as a lining. The bones are made of steel.



She also made the skirt and a vest to go under it (not the vest I'm wearing in the first photo, one of a spotted, less opaque black fabric). With the scraps we made a little bag and a rose with two black leaves to go in my hair.

The outfit was only finished late on the night before Prom, when she had to go to work in the morning. Typical.  Smiley

I'm very proud of the beautiful work she did, and grateful to her, so I thought I'd show you all.
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009 05:26:59 PM »

Wow! That is beautiful!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009 06:18:39 PM »

Amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009 06:30:57 PM »

That is fantastic and I love the orange!  Is the rest of your dress handmade or just the corset?  Either way I'd love to see the whole dress.  Tell your mom she did a fantastic job!
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009 08:29:41 PM »

wonderful. I would love to see your whole outfit.
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2009 04:24:51 AM »

Mom did a fantastic job!!  I love the color choice too.
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009 10:08:23 AM »

That is fantastic and I love the orange!  Is the rest of your dress handmade or just the corset?  Either way I'd love to see the whole dress.  Tell your mom she did a fantastic job!

Yes, she made the rest although technically it's a skirt and top, not a dress. I didn't have any photos of the whole outfit and I'm far too lazy to put it back on, so this is what you get:

My clothes laid out on the bed- a long plain ankle-length skirt with a lining, and a vest (which the Americans might call an undershirt or tank top? a sleeveless top.) I put a white envelope under the vest so you might be able to see the see-through-ness. The vest has a hand-rolled edge or whatever it's called. The shoes, which you probably can't see, have very slight heels but flat soles. All are black.


The rose that was sewn into my hair, the amber necklace I got for my eighteenth birthday and the green amber earings that were bought to wear with it at prom. Sorry it's blurry: if I get a better photo I'll edit this post.

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009 08:21:19 PM »

That's lovely and it fits you like a dream. The silk is really pretty too. You're mom is very talented.
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