The finished corset is curvy and supple. It is all cotton so it breathes well. My lovely model lost some weight since the corset was made (kudos to her) so it is a tad loose, but you still see how it hugs the right places and supports the right places.
This last photo is a good example of how a corset should fit. Rather than squashing the bust, the corset should lift and support it. When drafting corset patterns for women above a D cup, I create a different shape of gusset, and different boning placement, than I do for a petite bust.
The making of this corset was illustrated here: Part 1, Part 2
What is the right costume to wear to an eclipse? A grey sheer medieval dress. How do I know? A little birdie told me. 🙂
Happy Back to School! Have some pencil pouches. Of course you could put money or makeup or anything else in them too. Small projects like this help me upcycle my fabric scraps, and it’s also a nice chance to doodle: dye them, embroider them, draw on them.
This costume was a commission for Dickens Fair. It is a 3 piece outfit that the peformer can put on herself without assistance, as the bodice hooks up center front. To make the ruching trim I cut several yards of navy blue cotton into strips, joined them into several longer strips, hemmed both sides, then ran them through a ruffler machine.
I had plenty more of this navy cotton, so I made it into a skirt to mix and match with the bodice.
The underblouse was gathered in rows across the front, in imitation of smocking.
Here is one of my references, showing most of the historical fashion elements I used in this project. The 1851 fashion plate shows the deep V neckline, the smocked-front underblouse, and sleeve shape on the left dress; and the right dress has 3 rows of vertical trim down the skirt (rather than having 2 rows like the bodice).
Just made this cotton print dress. Methinks the 1960s style needs some white go-go boots to complete the outfit. This one of a kind sample is a size 8, $80. Made in your size as a custom order would be a bit more, of course.
So you’ve seen me crocheting necklaces, and purses; now here is both at once. Amulet bags go around your neck so you can carry something special close to your heart: a lucky penny, a crystal, a ring you can’t wear on your hand. Or you can carry something practical like a spare key or bus fare. The beads make a nice texture; come over and feel it at my next show.
Cargo pants are not usually this fancy, you say? Well they were just the thing at Clockwork Alchemy, a recent steampunk event here in California. These brocade trousers are the ones I was working on pattern matching a few posts ago.