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Topic: A "historical" white corset and the story of my very first sewing project.  (Read 4142 times)
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« on: January 16, 2011 12:46:04 PM »

I've never done much sewing before.
My mom is super into it, and I've watched her make things before, but the most I've done would be like, random hemming to make a "barbie-blanket" or other simple square things of that nature.

This entire project was prompted by an assignment for my grade 12 history class- I picked feminism and needed a 3D replica or something to showcase my topic. Being the over-ambitious over-achiever that I am, I thought "hey, I bet I could make a corset!". I left myself a single weekend to finish this project with no other alternatives, and, it IS supposed to be a 19th century corset, but have you seen those things? No way I could have pulled that off.

Anyways, this is made using (mostly) the simplicity pattern (I think it's H500? I can double check if you're overly curious) but a lot of it was me messing up and making stuff up as I went along. The fabric is cotton drapery lining (because it was the thickest I could find) and the boning is plastic because I have no money and because I couldn't fathom working with anything that didn't at least bend a little bit. I hand sewed white bias tape for the edges. The eyelets are just simple plain silver ones that you put in with a hammer and the lacing is plain white ribbon.

After nearly sewing through a finger, almost breaking my thumb with a hammer and countless other injuries, it's done. It's far from perfect but dear god am I proud, plus, it looks pretty neat too!

Without further adieu, my corset.





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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011 01:18:50 PM »

that looks fantastic! Cudos on finishing it in a weekend.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011 01:24:22 PM »

that looks fantastic! Cudos on finishing it in a weekend.

Thanks! I definitely should have started earlier then I did, but, it got done so... Procrastination triumphs again. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011 03:22:17 PM »

Wow, that's pretty darn good. Especially for a weekend and your first project. Very well done!
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011 03:25:49 PM »

Wow, that's pretty darn good. Especially for a weekend and your first project. Very well done!

Thanks! Yeah, if you look at it up close you can see all the mistakes and I spent quite a few hours picking out stitches and redoing them (not to mention the machines tension was all messed up, which didn't help), but I was pretty excited about how it looked.
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011 03:49:00 PM »

holy smokes - that is rockin'!  great job!  i can't believe that's your first big project - you're a natural pro!
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2011 03:57:10 PM »

holy smokes - that is rockin'!  great job!  i can't believe that's your first big project - you're a natural pro!

Thanks! You're sweet. Smiley But really, you should see it up close before you call me a pro, ahaha.
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2011 04:07:03 PM »

I'm fascinated by corsets. How does it feel to wear?
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2011 04:43:50 PM »

I'm fascinated by corsets. How does it feel to wear?

It's hard to describe, and being as mine is only lightweight plastic boning it probably isn't nearly as restrictive as others, but let me see if I can describe this.

It's like you've wrapped bristol board around your middle, you can't exactly twist around or it all moves with you, you can't bend over at your middle. I find, because of course I made it for my body, that it's tight in all the "right" places, so, it's tight on my ribs and then the same on my stomach.

I know this is a totally lame way to describe it but I really enjoy wearing it. I keep putting it on and being like "aha, I'm in a corset!" Mine doesn't lace up too tightly because it fits pretty perfectly, so it's not hard to breathe or anything. Just, a totally different thing to wear.

I rambled a lot, but I hope that helped?
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2011 09:46:30 AM »

Lovely work!   Grin
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