Part I: The Corset
First, I must say a huge thank you to my good friend, Allison, for all of her assistance...from generously providing the pattern - Past Patterns #708, not to mention her apartment, to all of her encouragement and assurance that gussets without a seam are not as impossible as they look. Though, it did take an entire afternoon to stitch all sixteen of those in (and out when they weren't behaving) haha!
|Laced and ready to wear!|
The corset is made with two layers of cotton drill, bound with caramel colored bias tape and flossed with a matching DMC floss:
It features two bust gussets per side: (That's eight bust gussets total counting the inside layer)
A front and back hip gusset on each side:
A front opening busk and six bones, which, though less that I'm used to, provides ample support:
And laces up the back with size 00 grommets: Which, by the way, took me three hours, two hammers, a pair of pliers, sandpaper and steel wool to punch. I bought a really nice grommet kit from my favorite corset supplies supplier, and was uh a little disappointed...maybe next time I'll just hand stitch those eyelets...
All in all, I am very pleased with the results. Fit wise, it produces much more "lift" at the bosom than I expected, so I may cheat and use it for earlier-19th century purposes. When I'm up to making another corset, I will have to remember to shorten the front...as I am having a little difficulty sitting with the length as it is now, hmm. Regardless, it needs a good pressing, but the inside looks as nice as the outside, which makes me very happy!
Part II: The Sleeve Puffs
Much, much larger than the last pair with twill tape ties to secure them to the inside of my 1830s ball gown bodice...if it ever behaves so I can finish it:
|Staple of the high fashion of the 1830s or not, |
I still see a remarkable resemblance to croissants!
|Stockings, shift, corset & sleeve puffs.|
The Challenge: January: Firsts & Lasts - Create either the first item in a new ensemble, or one last piece to put the final fillip on an outfit.
Pattern: Corset - Past Patterns #708 (1840's - 1880's Corset); Sleeve puffs - drafted my own
Year: Corset - according to the pattern, 1840s - 1880s; Sleeve puffs - early 1830s
How historically accurate is it? They would both certainly be recognizable in their respective time periods...
Hours to complete: Didn't keep track, but the sleeve puffs probably took an hour or two, while the corset took several days
First worn: Not yet, but perhaps for pictures when I finish the chemise...
Total cost: Didn't keep track for the corset, but I bought the drill, busk, boning, a new awl, lacing, grommets and grommet kit. So, I'd say $100? Sleeve puffs were made from the stash.