…I are mostly sewing a corset.
Sew Curvy ‘Sophia’, in a black ‘tulip broché’ remnant from Vena Cava.
This is for ‘normal’ wear, not steampunk, so I don’t want a huge waist reduction, just a bit of shape for ‘stealthing’ under modern clothing. I’m making it single layer, to keep bulk down, and will wear it over a camisole or similar undergarment for comfort and to keep it clean. It’s described as a ‘modern underbust’ and has lots of excellent reviews.
I selected the 36″ waist size, bigger than my Victorian/Edwardian sizing, with the intention of adding slight padding to the hips [in true Dior style] to get the nicest shape I can, while still being comfy. This pattern does not include seam allowances. Tracing be damned, I photocopied the pattern, and cut out the size I wanted, then chalked round the pieces, cut them out with rather vague seam allowances, and thread traced all stitching lines.
It went together very quickly, and I added the waist stay [a horizontal tape which helps stop any twisting and stretching] and all the boning casings. I sat back smugly, and rached for the box of boning that was at the back of the table. And slid out two more panels which I hadn’t sewn in.
I swore, removed the necessary boning casing, partially unpicked the waist stay, ripped the seams, VERY carefully inserted the two new panels [seam allowances had been trimmed very narrowly] and got it all back to where it should be.
Enough for today, I’ll put the boning and eyelets in tomorrow. Possibly. I’m off back to the markets with a little group of pals tomorrow, and will return with some goodies, and a belly full of vodka with any luck.
Just out of interest, here is half the Sophia corset laid on top of half the ‘Asylum’ corset, just to show how far out the pattern sizing was. [There’s been no answer from the designer yet, I will keep on it though, nobody puts Fairy in the corner!]