Category Archives: Corsets

Draping straps

This was an exciting moment – the stays are finally enough put together for a first try-on. And you never know how any foundation garment will fit until you put it on for the first time. Eeeeee!!! These look awesome! … Continue reading

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Stays progress

Yeesh, radio silence for 2 weeks. Turns out stays involve a lot more work than I thought, and as you go it looks like you are getting nowhere. To sew the pieces together, first I whipstitched the seams down using a … Continue reading

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Eyelets for days

Now that fitting is done, onto all the work that it actually takes to make stays. My stays are 2 layers of linen canvas, one layer of blue-green linen from my English Lady dress, and will be lined with whatever … Continue reading

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Stays fitting

TLDR; stays fitting is WEIRD. So I’m using this 1760s/1770s half boned stay pattern from La Couturière Parisienne. First, printed out the pattern without changing the sizing at all. Using some math about how big the pattern waist was compared … Continue reading

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Stays time

So, the foundation of every garment must start with the..uhh..foundation garments. For 18th century, that means stays. Luckily, there are a whole lot of knowledgeable people on the internet who have made stays before, and I pored over their blogs … 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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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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Corset continued

This Saturday in corset class, we put in all the grommets, the busk, and sewed all the pieces together. The teacher had prizes for anyone who finished, but no one came close (she said that in 9 years of teaching … Continue reading

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