Monday, July 9, 2012
Corset Week 2012
Well, it's happened again: I've got the corset bug. And it's a good thing--I've finally pulled out the underbust corset kit from Sew Curvy Corsetry that I've had in my sewing room for . . . well, a long time now. I'm feeling quite high on the whole thing. It's so exciting to sew something different from the usual! So I thought I would make this Corset Week 2012. Today's topic is making a mock-up corset, using Laughing Moon Pattern #113, view B.
Julia from Sew Curvy has written many a valuable post on the topic of corsetry, and her instructions on mock-ups are no exception. I followed her tips very closely, starting with making a muslin out of a heavy-ish material. I used some plain unbleached canvas. I cut all the pieces, minus the facings. I sized up to an 18, though some of my measurements were closer to a 16. I figured it was better to start big and size down through fitting.
There are a few issues. First of all, it's supposed to have a two-inch gap at center back to account for the negative ease of a corset. So I need to reduce the whole thing by two inches. Secondly, I didn't like the fit under the bust--it comes up too high. I drew a new line where I'd like the corset to hit under the breasts.
Lastly, I noticed the center front being especially loose and flappy (for lack of a better term.)
So that's your first installment for Corset Week 2012. I'd love any feedback you have on my muslin! Tomorrow I will be cutting out my beautiful white floral coutil.