Monday, April 14, 2014

One Weekend and Twenty-Five Cent Post-Edwardian Corset, Part Two

Phew! Well, I managed to 'mostly' get it done. If you missed part one, you can see it here. First I cut the pants apart so I could use it as fabric. Rather than pin the pattern to the fabric, I use fabric weights.
I managed to get all the pieces out of the pants
After cutting out the fabric, I transfer all the markings directly on to the fabric with a Frixion Heat erase pen. It makes things much easier to put together and all markings disappear with ironing.
After a few rounds with my sewing machine. I beat it into submission, setting in on some 1900 house and sewed up all the seams. The pattern doesn't have seam allowances, so I added 1/2 inch. For boning, I used various sizes of cable ties.
The nice thing about cable ties, is that you can cut them to size with ordinary scissors.
Crappy scissors for cutting the ties. A foot file to round out the edges.
To avoid confusion later, I mark where the boning is going to go with sharpie.
I used pre-made boning channels and some twill tape for the boning channels.

I didn't have the front busk yet, so I basted the front of the corset together so I could lace it up.
Not me
I love the silhouette of this corset.
Also not me
Things I learned:
1. Have more than one bobbin. That way when you lose you ONLY BOBBIN you don't have to waste a half an hour looking for it before you even start.
2. Don't sew several pieces inside out. Machine sewing seams are a female dog to pick out
3. Project runway is the best show to watch while machine sewing. It's like you are RIGHT THERE.
4. Using my sewing machine is bearable if I put it on my coffee table. I guess it's not the sewing machine I have a problem with, it's getting off the couch.

When I get the front busk, I will show a picture of the front. Since my event is this coming weekend, I need to get to work on the shirtwaist. I may just leave the the front sewn together for now, so I can wear it under my costume. I hope my boyfriend has been eating his Wheaties, but pulling this puppy tight is a workout.


  1. Oh what a wonderful corset! The shape is so faaaaaabulous!!! yeah!!


  2. This looks amazing! I'm so excited that the pattern worked for you, and I've really enjoyed reading about all of your brilliant ideas for saving money.

    You have such a fun blog - I'm looking forward to seeing how your new outfit turns out!

    1. Thank you Jen, that really means a lot coming from you. You're pattern and tutorial are wonderful. This is the 4th corset I've made so far and your's had the clearest instructions. I was so appreciate of the boing placement. Some of the other patterns basically say, "put the boning where they go" It simplified things a lot.

  3. Whoa. That is some pretty dang amazing sew-ery you have going there! I feel like Im perhaps in a western, except instead of being a gun-slinger, I'm the poor fool sitting at the bar, fish-eyed as the professionals show the rest of us how its done!

    1. Thanks Pardner. I think you are way ahead of me in that department. Sewing menswear! And for a child! Way past my comfort zone. I really really appreciate the appreciation. I'm just winging it and hoping for the best.

  4. very sound advice, and the corset looks lovely. gota get me some cable ties...