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« on: November 08, 2005 02:18:21 PM »

so i'm drawn to all the cute little laced-up tops peppering these boards, but i can't seem to separate 'corset' from 'oppression of women' in my mind.  one of racehorse87's lovely costumes (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=58628.0) made me realize that what i wanted was a bodice.

i just used mcalls 4107, because it was 99 cents the day i went to joann fabrics.  ms. mcall has this idea i should wear a 12, but i made a 6 and it's still too big.  maybe i can bulk up a little by the time it's warm enough to actually wear it.

there was supposed to be lacing on the back, too, but i left it out, translated one of my boyfriend's tattoos into felt applique, and slapped that back there instead.  i haven't really worked with felt since grade school...i hope i didn't make it too delicate.

less talk, more pictures.



this is my first completed project really inspired by craftster.  so thanks, craftster!
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2005 02:28:43 PM »

Fab - I'm used to corsetry, and rennasiance bodices (I LARP), and this is a lovely take on them - I like the applique.

« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2005 03:01:51 PM »

i love this~ and what inspiration for the back, your BF's tat! very cool.

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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2005 05:31:49 PM »

Very cool. I do love the applique, and the insperation for it as well.

« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2005 09:59:36 PM »

That is very pretty. Grin And the felt heart on the back is really great. Adds a little... something to it.Grin

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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2005 06:51:16 AM »

Wow, that really shows off your curves.  Smiley

« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2005 08:07:30 AM »

feedback is so nice!

purpleheather, your cherry corset is incredible.  i think i'd have a panic attack if i tried to wear something like that, so i love how happy you look in it.

oh thank you, rottenlittleboys.  i feel like it makes me look lumpy and deflated...even when i've got a couple socks stuffed down the back and i'm holding my breath...

i think i might try to make another one that fits better. 

but i'm so glad you guys like the applique!  that's definitely my favorite part.  wanna see it bigger?


i got the wings out of a library book...i think it was called 'birds in flight.'  (the wings in the tattoo are curved down, like angel wings, so it fits on his forearm)  and i had to suture the heart back together...my boyfriend's isn't like that, and i worry about it.

thanks again for looking!
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2005 08:09:42 AM »

that's fantastic.
i think you did a really good job with the appli...que? my mind blanked out on me.
infact, delicate is rather rare with felt. it looks good.


« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2005 04:51:30 PM »

Ooooo...awesome! I'm glad I inspired you!  Cheesy

The fitting on pattens is crazy. Mine told me I was a 10, so I made a blouse that size and it was huge on me. When I went to make the bodice, I cut out a 4 (yeah, smart ...) which turned out to be reeeally small, so I salvaged space from the seam allowances. The final bodice is around size 5, I think. That's a far cry from 10.

Is one of the last steps in making the bodice to sew the two front sides back to make a channel for boning and/or a place to install grommets?

If that makes sense to you, and if it is, then the way I try to help laced up things to fit is to simply adjust at that point. If it all fits, except it should just be tighter and allow some space between the two front pieces so the lacing shows, then this would probably be the easiest solution.

The lacing in the back would probably also help, but that adds so many grommets ...
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2005 05:52:53 PM »

that is a very cute bodice, and it starts apart from the corsets you see on here. love the tatto inspired applique.
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