Thursday, 17 April 2014

Corset decoration

Still on the pink/green/cream corset outfit.  For the corsets themselves, I use quilters weight 100% cotton in the best quality I can find.  I'm not so keen on polpin, because it's so tightly woven that it's a real b***h to sew by hand, so I go for the lovely woven printed cotons where I can.

There seems to be MUCH more poplin around on Ebay than ever there used to be.  I guess quilters like it because it's so tight-woven, smooth, and probably very durable, but I much prefer the slightly softer cottons. The quality is just as good, and the needle slides through them beautifully.   I always used to use these cottons for everything, even drapery skirts, but a while back, I found I much prefer lawns and voiles for doll-scale skirts.

But anyway, here's the lined corset.  It's a bit shapeless at the moment. Without the boning and top-stitching, it's quite literally just a lined bag.




And once the topstitching is done, I put in my top sekrit boning.    After that, I added some ribbon detail to the front panel.  It's all very shapely now, and follows Ell's contours perfectly.



From the back:   I've perfected my eyelets now.   I've ruined so many really lovely dolly garments in the past, but now I have it down to a fine art.  I'm pleased with the way the backs line up so well.  




The lacing looks a bit like string in the picture though! It's totally not.   It's waxed cotton braiding cord (or rat-tail) 1mm thick.   It's lovely to use on corsets and a bit more durable than ribbon.    The nylon cords are really nice to use too, but my colour selection is limited at present.  For the next couple of months, I'm trying not to buy in any new materials .. which is REALLY hard.  I love buying craft supplies, but I need to clear some space in my fabric and trim containers before I go buying more.  I also have this massive credit card bill to get rid of. Eugh.

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6 comments :

  1. Gorgeous! I love seeing things you've sewn!

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    1. I'm sewing up a storm since my break, haha. I have a pile of Liberty Lawn to get through and I'm determined to use it this summer. Having spent around £100 on my stash pile. Eeek. It needs to earn its keep.

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    2. I'd hate to add up what the yarn stash is worth..... I really must use some more of it.....went stash diving the other day and found yarn I'd totally forgotten I had :)

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    3. Oh gosh me too. I spent the £100 on the Liberty fabrics in one order, that's how I know it's worth that much, as for all the boxes of lovely stuff I’ve hoarded over the years, I'd hate to have to put a value to it!

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  2. man.. your topstitching is perfect.. it amazes me... Love the outfit so far.

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    1. Thanks Kath :) I can see every tiny flaw and it bugs me, but as long as it looks good to everyone else. Topstitching is in the eye of the beholder? Doesn't sound quite right...

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