Category Archives: 1850s

HSM #2 Tucks and Pleats – A Tucked Petticoat

Long ago, in the days of last summer, I intended to make a late 1830s dress for Halloween. As part of that, I started this petticoat sometime around August. And then never got around to putting a waistband on it, … Continue reading

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Basic Victorian Corset

Basic Victorian Corset Read the dress diary Full photo album Concept: An 1850s-ish corset to be worn as an undergarment for mid-Victorian costumes. Fabrics: 1 yd unbleached coutil. Notions: Unbleached lace (Joann), blue silk ribbon. All corset-materials from Lacis. Pattern: Laughing Moon Dore. First … Continue reading

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Corset making convert

My first ever corset is done! And with this, I will never go back to non-custom fitted corsets. There is just no comparison between how this one feels compared to my Dark Garden corset. The main difference is I can … Continue reading

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Innards

So, let’s talk about innards. You know, of the Danse Libre bodice. The part that costumers love and geek out over, and the rest of you are welcome to be all Front seams: Pressed open overcast each side individually Boning … Continue reading

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Binding time

Approaching the end!   Ribbon came from the stash. The lace is actually from Joann, shockingly enough. I had a bunch in the stash in white but didn’t feel like trying to tea-dye it, so I bought a bit more … Continue reading

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Something awoke from R’lyeh…

So, boning channels. (Here is the chance to get the snickers out of your system. “Bone, bone, bone“.) I am going to have boning on each side of a seam, and some in the middle of pieces. Pretty standard. I … Continue reading

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argle bargle

One boning channel sewn! And unpicked when I got to the end and realized some of the seam allowance inside had flipped the wrong way partway through.

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