Tuesday, February 12, 2013

HSF #3: Under it all

It's the end of another Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge. The theme of this challenge was under it all and I made up a 19teens corset from a pattern by Festive Attyre.


Corset! And birds! I'm wearing it over gym shorts and a tank top (plus my teens bra) because I haven't made up a chemise yet....



The Challenge: Under it all
Fabric: coutil
Pattern: 19teens corset drafted from an extant corset by Festive Attyre
Year: 1916 (ish)
Notions: steel bones, grommets (00), lacing, busk, hook and eye, lace, garters
How historically accurate is it? I used a pattern based on an extant corset, but I did use modern boning and elastic garters. I am quite happy with the historical accuracy and the shape it gives me.
Hours to complete: The mock ups took a while but the actual corset went together pretty quickly.
First worn: not yet
Total cost: ~$70


After doing research, talking with other costumers and playing around with my undergarments, I've decided to do chemise then bra and corset then combinations then petticoat (if needed).


My combinations came out really long compared to the garters on my corset plus it didn't make sense to me to have these huge voluminous legs and then squish them up under garters.


So it's combinations on the outside.


And now that I have my corset done, it's on to the real clothes! :D

17 comments:

  1. You look very good! you did a very good job!

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  2. Looks great, Stephanie. :) (and your hair! Looks fabulous!)

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  3. That looks FANTASTIC!!!! Bravo!

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  4. Hee I love the shot with the birds on your shoulders. At first glance I thought they were decorative bows. All these undergarments look AMAZING. Your hard work really shows. They're putting my (still unfinished) regency stays to total shame.

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  5. What a fabulous corset! I love the petticoat, such pretty lines.

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  6. Pretty silhouette! How do you sit in it?

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    1. It's only boned on the top section. The bottom is just fabric so it still makes everything all smooth but I can still sit. It works best on hard surfaces and not so much on the couch.

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  7. Great job! I have an 1870s corset half done that I need to work on, but I've got so much else going on I hardly have the time or energy. You're hair really looks adorable, too. Makes me want to cut mine again.

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    1. Thanks! I'm actually growing out a pixie so I'm almost to a bob.

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  8. Looks great! Very nice work. I really like your bird embellishments :)

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    1. Thanks! Every sewer needs a pet and birds are just as attracted to (expensive/white/neatly pressed) fabric as kitties are.

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  9. Absolutely fantastic work - you have killer skills, my dear! I adore the timelessly feminine hourglass shape this corset imparts to one's figure.

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Could I ask what pattern the combinations are? Thanks!

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    1. The combinations are Past Patterns #4574: Ladies' Three-Piece Princess Combination Suit: Circa 1913. I did modify the straps to just use ribbon but you can find it here: http://www.pastpatterns.com/4574.html

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  11. Thanks! (Just thought to look back at this . . . )

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  12. You look so awesome!!!! I love the corset!!!
    Eyglo Wright

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