Friday, July 13, 2012

Corset Week, Part Five (with GIVEAWAY!)

Welcome to the final installment of Corset Week! I will, of course, keep you updated as I continue with the underbust corset. Today we have a very exciting giveaway, but first you have to read about my progress (don't worry, it will be quick!).

I got all the grommets inserted and then I laced up the back for a fitting. I did the "bunny ears" lacing style, meaning that two long loops are left at the waist. This causes the compression to happen at the waist first when the corset is laced up. I also put boning into the channels.


I was so excited to try it on! I'm wearing the same dress that I wore for my muslin fitting so you can see the difference. (Actually, let's be honest. I'm wearing this dress because I've been wearing it ALL the time lately in the summer heat. It's the most shapeless knit sack dress in the world, and I'm ashamed that I love it so much. But not ashamed enough that I haven't considered going back to Uniqlo and getting one in a second color.) Here is the corset, mid-progress.

Here is the initial muslin fitting, for comparison.

I'm very happy with my changes! I did make the waist much curvier, and I took out several inches.

Here's the back.

I'm seeing a lot of wrinkles, which makes sense since the corset only has about half the bones it will have in its finished stage. So I feel good about proceeding with construction with no fitting changes. The next steps will be adding the boning channels at the seams, inserting the rest of the bones, and then binding the top and bottom with bias tape.

Okay, your reward for reading all that is a giveaway! There are TWO PRIZES in this giveaway. Julia Bremble of Sew Curvy has graciously offered up a copy of her new ebook, Corset Making.

You can see a preview of the book here; it looks fantastic. The book comes on disk and also has video components. What could be better for this subject?!

Second prize! I happen to have an extra copy of Laughing Moon pattern #113, which includes the underbust corset I'm currently making.


To enter to win both these fabulous prizes, just leave a comment here by the end of the day on Monday, July 16th. All countries eligible. Please make sure that I have a way to get in touch with you, i.e leaving your email/Twitter handle or making sure your comment is linked to your profile or blog. Good luck, and Happy Corset Week!

P.S. Funny story: last night I was telling Jeff that today is the end of my corset week posts. He replied, very solemnly: "I try to keep Corset Week in my heart all year." May we all endeavor to do the same!

436 comments:

  1. Oooh, I would love either of those—I love corsets!

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  2. Omg!!! I would love either!!! Thank you for the tutorial, although I haven't started I do plan on making one!! This would be great!! :)

    zoonam@gmail.com

    estrojen30.blogspot.com

    xoxox,
    estroJEN

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  3. It's great to see someone new to corsetry just discovering things! I think corsets are so addicting to make :D

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  4. Oooooh, great giveaway! Being a gothic and also dabbling in historical costuming, I love love love corsets! I even have the most perfect pink-and-violet striped silk waiting in my stash to be turned into one.
    Yours looks great, btw. The shape is amazing.

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  5. I got the laughing moon overbust corset kit ages ago but have been too chicken to start it. Your corset looks fabulous. Can't wait to see the finished project!

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  6. Corsets are a curvy girl's best friend so would love it :)

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  7. The mock-up looks soooo much better! Well done! :)

    And such great giveaways! Thanks to both you and Julia! *fingers crossed* :)

    damiarain at yahoo dot com

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  8. Ha! Jeff cracks me up.

    Your corset is looking wonderful. I'd love to try and make one for my sister, who would totally rock it.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  9. The changes you made make it sooo much better. :-) Thanks for the lovely give away.

    Rachxx
    garcialawrence@hotmail.com

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  10. I do love corsetmaking!! I have a different victorian underbust corset pattern that I normally use, the lantern moon ones look really well put together!

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  11. I have been ogling this pattern (and it's Sew Curvy kit) for months. I really appreciate all of the information you're sharing about constructing your corset--it will be very helpful for when I finally buy the pattern and make my own. Thanks for putting together the helpful blog posts!

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  12. I love your corset! Go Gertie! I would also love to win either of those things; I sewed a Laughing Moon dress a few years ago that I use every so often, but to my shame I have no corset to go under it.

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  13. Great Giveaway! It would be a fun project!

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  14. I've always wanted to make a corset! Getting an ebook or pattern on the subject would be a fantastic excuse to finally start :)

    szuroff (((at))) gmail

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  16. Heheh, well I have made a couple of corsets, and it was a learning experience both times. Would love a book to explain some of the intricacies.
    Tania

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  17. I love watching the progress on the corset. great blog!

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  18. I would be happy to win either of those!

    scuffsan (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. I was so thrilled to see this series as I've been thinking about corsetry lately!

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  20. I enjoyed following your corset week. Great work. Much was learned by all of us!!!!
    themissymom (at) gmail (dot) com

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  21. Gertie you have a fantastic figure! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  22. Oooooh yes please! I've been avidly following coreset week... I will definitely keep it in my heart all year!

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  23. Ooh! I hope I win! Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

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  24. Oh my gosh, what awesome prizes! And I *love* the changes you've made to your corset on fitting 2!

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  25. I've been looking into making corsets/bras... I'm hard to fit and this would be awesome.

    PS LOVE what you've done here.

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  26. Retry since Blogger logs to a defunct blog...

    I would love to make a corset. I have been trying to figure out how for years, but my sewing skills weren't up to snuff. If I don't win, I think I'll buy these anyway as reference!

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  27. can't wait to see the final effect :)

    kisses,

    Kamila

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  28. Thank you so much for sharing your corset making experience! I would love to try my hand at making one some time

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  29. Please pick me! I'm just contemplating my first corset; you've given me the courage to proceed with it, and these books would be the icing on the cake!
    Violet forsyth@sunflower.com

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  30. ooh! count me in for the giveaway!

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  31. The waist cincher you're making looks lovely! I am a big fan of Victorian corsets and own a variety of them in gorgeous fabrics. Never actually thought of making one but your blog makes it looks feasible. :-)

    Cannot WAIT to get a copy of your book, btw. I bought it when you first announced it...now it's in Amazon's hands. :-)

    Wishing you the best, always.

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  32. Ooh! I love corsets and I'm loving watching your progress!

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  33. That is *gorgeous*!

    And I happen to agree with your husband :)

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  34. Love it! What a huge difference between the first fitting and your last!

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  35. I have always wanted to make my own corset, I absolutely love wearing them, they make me feel the most girly and feminine which I am not on a day to day basis. I just haven't been brave enough to try making one myself yet, I have been toying with the idea of taking one of Julia's courses though, I just have to save up enough money to be able to go

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  36. Oh that would be nice! i have my fingers and toes crossed
    Anna
    anna@annaagyekum.com

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  37. You'r corset looks fabulous! I've sewn few corsets myself and I have to say that I love the process, even though it's a bit different from other sewing with all the reduction that's going on.

    Thank you for the great giveaway and I can't wait to see your book!

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  38. I would love that!
    I made a corset with plastic boning a few years ago, and really want to make one with spiral steel next!

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  39. Yes please! You can reach me at j-draper at live dot co dot uk.

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  40. How awesome! I'm finishing up my second corset ever today. It's an Elizabethan corset and I'm super excited.

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  41. I'm loving reading your series on making the corset. It's something I really want to try my hand at but haven't quite got around to it yet. I would love to have the book. I've been dying to get on a Sew Curvey course for ages, but haven't found one at a time I can go:(

    Claire
    ragbagsandgladrags.blogspot.co.uk

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  42. Corsets aren't easy to do fittings for, youve done well there. The prize looks fab, I've enjoyed this week's posts and look forward to seeing it finished :) @lesleyanneh

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  43. You're posts are always an inspiration! I want to make my own corset now. :D

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  44. i would loooove to try this! thanks for a great blog and all the inspirations!

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  45. I have a feeling the comment counter is going to explode by being over taxed! Count me in!

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  46. That is a very nice first corset I must add! :)

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  47. Oh, I'd love to try making one :). @draculashbv on twitter. Thanks

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  48. I would love to win. I have attempted a couple corsets in the past, but they didn't come out the way I had hoped so they sit in a drawer without being worn. I need to try again and see what I come up with :)

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  49. Ooh, I would love to try corset sewing!

    jennie [at] olivebunny [dot] com

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  50. Your corset is coming along nicely :)

    And for the give-away... I need the book! :D

    sanna_jokela@hotmail.com

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  52. Would love these! I am so ready to tackle corset making!
    Sickofitcindy@gmail.com

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  53. Awesome giveaway. A corset is definitely on my to-sew list!

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  54. ooh, that looks gorgeous!

    the ebook looks spiffy too!

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  55. What an amazing give away, yes please! I'm in awe of the corset and its not even finished yet ...

    thepatchworkpeacock@gmail.com

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  56. I'm not so much here for the giveaway as to comment on your fitting, you may wish to give your hips more room in that corset so that when laced the bones in the back are parallel. The way you have it laced right now is going to get uncomfortable as you wear it because the lacing will start to try to redistribute the strain (the bones in the back will try to *become* parallel, loosening the waist by trying to pull slack from the area above and below it) Excess tightening over the hips (which are made of bone after all) hurts.

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  57. I was so excited to see you trying to make a corset. I’m in the (currently paused, but getting back to in a week or two) process of making an underbust modified from the Simplicity Civil War-era pattern. I’ve made a few with no respect for actual fit in the (distant) past, but I’m looking forward to making this one that actually acts like a corset and isn’t just pretty sartorial fluff.

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  58. Oh, please, please, pleeeeaaaase pick me! I have made 2 3/4 corsets so far. My friend was pleased with hers, but I want a different busk on mine, and am waiting on busk and bones for the unfinished one. I would love an under-bust design, and would like to add a bra to it for some real support. The book could be a lot of help for that.

    Looks like this will be a great addition to your wardrobe.

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  59. What an inspiring project and what it does for curves! Please, please please enter me in the drawing!

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  60. wow what a cool giveaway. I'm totally intimidated but I'd still love to give corset making a try.

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  61. Love it! Count me in for the giveaway. Thanks :)

    christi.adell -at- gmail.com

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  62. I never thought of making my own corset until this week, thanks so much, loving the possibilities it offers!! Can't wait to see your finished one!!

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  63. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway. Can't wait to start a corset project.

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  64. I think your favorite dress looks great with that corset! (And the corset isn't bad either :). )

    Please enter me for your giveaway. I would *love* to own that book!

    Thanks!

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  65. I have been watching your corset stuff all week and it's amazing! I love the idea of having a custom fit on a corset. I've been wanting to incorporate them in my dresses so I can assure the dresses make my customers feel amazing!
    Just a side comment:
    Many customers do not understand the value of undergarments for an overall look. Amazing, I know. That's why I opt to install petticoats and other touches. It makes the customer happy and it makes the sewist happy!

    I would be even more happy if I could get the Sew Curvy book or the Laughing Moon pattern. Make my day, whoohoo!
    I'm subscribed to your rss feed and love this blog

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  66. Great series on fitting a corset!
    I'm planning to make my first soon, because I'm trying to sew up an original pattern from 1912, and I have a feeling my rather flabby midsection won't do it justice without some help :D Those patterns were made to be worn over a corset, so I'm going to bite the bullet, and I'm fairly sure I'll be back to to look at the way you fit yours.
    Thank you for great blog, and this series in particular :)

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  67. Jeff is the funniest! Your corset is looking great.

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  68. I've been thinking about making a pair of bodies (18Th Century Corset) for a while now. Thank you for the inspiration. Now I can hardly wait to see what material you will be using for the actual cover of the corset, and what decorations you'll be using.

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  69. Oh how I would love this prize. My mother sewed a softer corsage for my final school dance. Have been wanting to try and make one myself for a long time.

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  70. Wow! What a progress you did with the corset.

    Here's me holding my fingers crossed for the giveaway! anna(at)mormorhadestil.se

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  71. I've been thinking about making a corset for a while so this would really give me the kick in the pants I need.

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  72. Beautiful!
    Please put my name in for the giveway.

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  73. great giveaway, count me in!

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  74. Ooooh! It's looking great! I've always wanted to make a corset and you may have given me that "push" to get started! please put me in for the giveaway! I'm excited! Thanks! jm(dot)oneglobalmind(at)gmail(dot)com

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  75. Your corset is looking good. Great job!

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  76. I've been wanting to make a corset for ages but felt too scared, may be willing to take the plunge now.

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  77. your corset is coming along so nicely! I think it is a very differnt type of project - not many people undertake this type of project

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  78. Wow, your first mockup looked good, but the new shape is great!

    The giveaway sounds very exciting, I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)

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  79. Oooooooh! Maybe I'll take the corset making plunge now!

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  80. What a gracious giveaway! My husband would love the underbust corset to make a truss for 1830s wear!

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  81. Woah! What a dramatic before and after shot with that mega waist curve. Count me in only so I can do the same myself. :)

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  82. I would love this book for help with my third handmade corset!

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  83. I would love to make one of the corsets
    sewmoto@hotmail.com
    and i love your green dress confort is what it's all about

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  84. I'm a sucker for sewing books, and this is definitely a topic I don't have covered!

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  85. Wow, nice shape!! I can't wait to see the finished corset.

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  86. Your corset looks wonderful! It makes me want to try and make an underbust one too.

    Sarah
    @sarah_sewing

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  87. What an improvement over the original! (I've been doing these for the last 3 weeks for a show, so it's like a post of my process!)

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  88. I deffinitely need that book!
    Thank you for posting :)

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  89. I've been working on a corset myself this week, and have been having pretty much the same experience. It's my first real corset (all past ones were costumes that I just used zippers instead of busks, and plastic boning). It's been such an amazing time, seeing it come together, and the differences between the cheap materials and the nice ones. And as we were more or less doing the same steps on the same days, it was like having a more experienced seamstress right beside me helping me along. What a wonderful week.

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  90. I would love either one of the giveaways

    Sunnybunnych@yahoo.com

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  91. Both those prizes look amazing.

    I keep telling myself I need to make a proper corset..or at least a long-line bra.

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  92. I have to admit - having watched your progress I am now in the throes of corset envy! I would love to have either book!

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  93. Wow! This is coming along nicely. I'm so enjoying seeing the progress. Either prize would be fabulous to win -- and get me started on a corset of my own! Thank you!!!

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  94. Your sewing blog has inspired me to experiment so much in my projects. I love this post about corset making because it helped me to visualize a few things that weren't clear in some directions that i have for a corset.

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  95. Hooray for a giveaway! Your corset looks great - a wonderful inspiration :)

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  96. Excellent job!

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to have a chance to win it.

    girliefrank@hotmail.com

    Thanks again
    Angela

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  97. I'm in love with corsets. I wish you could make a corset lesson :) Your explanations are always so good. Since English isn't my native language I understand quite everything in your lessons!

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  98. aapriputin@rocketmail.comJuly 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    looks fantastic -- a million years ago, I made an Elizabethan corset, but have not been brave enough to try making one to go with my Steampunk outfits -- you made it look easy enough that I might try!

    Allison

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  99. Wow! Two great gifts, as if you sharing your own knowledge and experience during this journey wasn't enough! Thanks for the chance to win something that I've long been interested in pursuing. :)

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  100. I agree with ADBreon, you should add an inch at the back of your hip section. Parallel lacing reduces strain on single body parts and the width you took out in front should still be sufficient to achieve a close fit!

    I'd also love to add the book to my ever growing library of sewing books, so here is my email adress:

    lene[at]herr-der-mails[dot]de

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  101. I can't wait until the corset becomes part of normal day wear again. I'm so in!

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  102. Looks great! I have a Laughing Moon pattern that I started years ago..but never finished. Gotta get back to that!

    www.theblueseamstress.blogspot.com

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  103. Ooh!!!! I've been thinking about making a corset, but it seemed so intimidating. After reading this it seems *slightly* less so ;)

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  104. Neat. Corsets have always seemed impossibly complicated to me, but after reading these posts I think I'm convinced that they're just difficult, not impossible.

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  105. Oo! What a great giveaway! Sign me up!

    And thank you for the chance to win! :D

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  106. great giveaway Gertie, I've really enjoyed following your Corset week to see your progress

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  107. Oh, I would really like to be part of this giveaway!

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  108. Corset Week has inspired me to No.1 to finish my bombshell dress and no.2 make a corset that fits.

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  109. I love corsets and yours is coming along nicely! I have never made one but for the last few(or more than a few) months i have had a shirt of my sisters i am wanting to use as a fabric for the corset but i have no idea how and if there would be enough material for the panels. Who knows if iam am lucky and win on my birthday on monday i will have a book to help me make it! Thanks for an awesome giveaway. <3

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  110. I am so wanting to make a corset; but have questions about it fitting my much older body - (translates to no longer have a waist after several children and aging). Maybe I'll just make one for my 18 year old daughter!!

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  111. Hee, hee, your hubby is very funny.
    I do so hope I win, I loved this series on corset making.

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  112. I hope I win -- I've really been enjoying reading your posts and you've inspired me to try this too!

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  113. I love making corsets, I have only ever made elizabethan over bust types but I would love to make an underbust one.

    meaganwight@gmail.com

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  114. I love the shaping the corset gives you! These posts will be a handy reference for me at some point. I would love to win either give away... fingers crossed!

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  115. OMG that rocks SO HARD!!! What an awesome giveaway!

    I'm planning on in the near(ish) future making myself a TARDIS-themed fabric corset (inspired by one I found on etsy), and this would be soooooooo useful!

    My odds can't be good, but why not try!

    katherine.jones13 [at] gmail.com

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  116. Oh, I would love to win these! I have enrolled in a corset making class in February (2013!) (crazy, right? that was the first available date!) and I am superexcited about it. I've already bookmarked your blogposts for reference then :)

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  117. I've always wanted to make a corset, but have been so afraid I couldn't really do it. I love reading your blog, and you're so enthusiastic that you make me feel as though I should at the very least try making one. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!
    mrswsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  118. Jeff's comment is the best! I will also keep Corset Week in my heart :)

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  119. I would love to take a stab at this.

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  120. Ooh, knowledge and a patern! Yes please! I'm astonished how fast yours is progressing!

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  121. Looking great! Can't wait to see the finished piece xx

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  122. Oooooooooh, exciting! Wouldn't say no...

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  123. I haven't quite summoned the courage to make a corset but I sure would like to!

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  124. one of my first sewing projects was a costume "corset." one of these days i should make a real one >.<

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  125. OOOooo! I love how your corset has turned out and would love to win this giveaway! Count me in!...

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  126. I haven't had de courage yet to make a corset, but seriously, yours makes me want one just that tad bit more! So, with a bit of luck and some practice, it won't be long until I have one. If the odds are with me :)

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  127. Looking awesome (although I agree with more spacing over the hips to get the lacing parallel.) This is on my long list of unfinished/unstarted sewing projects...

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  128. Oh my god, that corset looks amazing on you! *drool drool*. I have tried making corsets in the past, with disastrous results, but I think with all the amazing hints you have discussed, I really want to try again! And, of course, the book and pattern couldn't hurt... Keep up the amazing work!

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  129. Your corset looks great and the fabric is beautiful. It would be great to have the corsetry book and do one like yours for meself.

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  130. Sign me up for either of those prizes... Corsets are my next project to tackle:) Jesoikkeli@gmail.com

    Your corset is looking great!!


    Jennelle

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  131. Yay, exciting! I'd love to make a corset. <3

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  132. Your corset looks so great on you!! The giveaway also looks nice - I'm not sure I can tackle a corset just yet though!

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  133. oh please please please , I'm a 38" bust 32" waist (groan ) and a 38" hip so with a corset i might have an hour glass figure......
    Patricia

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  134. I would love to make a corset!

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  135. I've been contemplating making a corset for so long and these posts have given me the kick up the bum I need - especially as you're new to it too!

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  136. Omg I want the first prize! I draft my patterns, so I don't need the second.

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  137. I would love to give corsetmaking a try!

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  138. I love corsets, but am honestly terrified of trying to make them myself. Perhaps this would help?

    Thank you for the chance!

    corvus.melloriATgmailDOTcom

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  139. Your corset is coming along beautifully! :)

    I love corsets & would love to win the book :) Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

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  140. I've been dying to learn how to make corsets!

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  141. I have been admiring this pattern for a while, but haven't got up the nerve to get it and give it a try. Yes please,enter me in the giveaway!

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  142. Ooh love the fit :))
    Another suggestion for lacing that I actually find really nice if you're self-tying: http://corsets.matazone.co.uk/information.php?info_id=14
    I believe it is similar to the style you're using now, but has the loops separated on either side (which may make it easier to tie).

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  143. I was just looking at the preview of the ebook, and it looks fab! I'd love to have it.

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  144. Thanks so much for the chance to win such great prizes! I've always wanted to make a corset so I have really enjoyed reading your progress. I also like the modified corset compared to the muslin. It looks great!

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  145. that's awesome! thank you for the giveaway!

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  146. Your corset is coming along nicely! Thanks for sharing the process. I'd love to win either one of your giveaways.

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  147. I've so enjoyed reading all your adventures in dressmaking, corset week has been great and I'd love to have a go at making my own.
    Count me in!

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  148. Ooh, that is such a cool giveaway! Think it'd be a bit ambitious trying to make a corset when I'm basically a beginner, but would love this anyway (and would have a go, all the same!) :D

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  149. Wow, your fitting went so much more smoothly than most of mine. I love making corsets, but whenever I try a new pattern, I feel like I'm stuck fitting and remaking mock-ups for ages.

    And it's a pretty neat giveaway, too. ;)

    queenofzan at gmail dot com

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  150. Wow, your fitting went so much more smoothly than most of mine. I love making corsets, but whenever I try a new pattern, I feel like I'm stuck fitting and remaking mock-ups for ages.

    And it's a pretty neat giveaway, too. ;)

    queenofzan at gmail dot com

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  152. I love corsets but because of my rare size I usually can't find one in my size; Guess I'll have to make my own!

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  154. What an absolutely fabulous pair of giveaways! I'd love either...

    annalaura(dot)sloan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  155. It looks wonderful!

    rothwell(dot)victoria(at)gmail(dot) com

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  156. I still haven't gotten it together enough to make my own corset, though I hope to one day. Thanks so much for putting corset week together!

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  157. I'm really impressed with your corset making skills! I am fascinated by the construction process, and also intimidated. I love looking at the handmade corsets and lingerie at various craft fests, most recently Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle. Your corset week posts have given me a bit more courage, and I'd love to try to make one of my own. Thanks!

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  158. I have been wanting to make my daughter a corset for a while now. I loved these post.
    Corset week is like shark week. I so look forward to it.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Kathi G
    buttonhole at charter dot net

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  159. I have been planning to make a corset myself but was a little intimidated so I have been putting it off. Your posts have been very helpful and now I really want to work on my corset!

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  160. That looks great! The shape is 100 times better than it was before!

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  161. Thank you for a great give away! I've always wanted to try to make a corset.

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  162. What a great giveaway! I've enjoyed reading along with your Corset week, especially due to the timing.

    I'm a couture wedding dressmaker and my best friend just told me that she is engaged! And that she might want a corsetted wedding dress!

    I blog about my creations, if you are interested. You can read along and follow the progress of my current 80s Bowie Meets Gaga Meets Jem and the Holograms hot pink wedding dress in progress now!

    My blog: www.BrooksAnn.com/blog
    My contact: emailbrooksann.com

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  163. What a lovely giveaway! I've been an avid reader of your blog & participant in the starlet suit course. I'm always so inspired to get creative. :)

    Jenny x

    Jennymint78@aol.com

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  164. Corsetmaking is so rewarding in it's own way! Thank you for sharing with us this little journey of boning and busks, and thank you for the give-away!

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  165. What a nice giveaway. I'm hoping to make my first corset soon, so the ebook would be really handy.
    Constance

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  166. I feel weird to enter this giveaway, because I love corsets but I'm not so expert to make one my own at the moment... but never say never and as I will try to make some '40 and '50 style dresses may I will need a corset right? ^__^
    Love your blog, love your Corset week challenge!!
    Giusy, aka Bubiknits - Italy
    twitter: bubiknits

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  167. Looks great! I've gathered a couple books on corset sewing as I have visions of sewing them for myself, but there always seems to be other projects higher on the list. Some day!

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  168. Heh, Jeff is awesome, as is your corset! Those books look great, corset making is such an intriguing activity!

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  169. If there's a god, I have to win this book. The corset looks great, it gives you a totally 50's waist. Can you sit in it?
    Milenushka from http://thehomeblues.blogspot.co.il/

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  170. oh, that looks amazing! You have really inspired me to make a corset for myself. I've bookmarked every single link this week =)

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  171. I'd love this! Nice job on your initial fittings!

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  172. Gertie, your work looks amazing and i am now very tempted to venture into this world to discover what it may hold for this thicker waisted/slimmer hipped woman. question for you dear -- the difference between before and after where you took several inches off the waist is what reeled me in. so what i am curious to know is this a figure enhancer (ie it is following your own curves) or is it a figure cincher (ie it is assisting to create the hourglass via its magical design of conforming the body toward its own shape). thanks for sharing love. i am truly inspired and a new fan of your blogging expertise.

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  173. oh, i love corsets! prizes are really gorgeous!:)

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  174. What an exciting giveaway! Of course, they always are. I'd adore such amazing prizes! ybdull@msn.com

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  176. I'm so glad I found your blog! Score one for stumbleupon, because this is a blog I will certainly read!!

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  177. Ooooh, corsets are on my list of things to make. One of these would be an amazing help!

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  178. Have enjoyed watching your corset "shape up." Thanks for sharing!

    kudobudo@earthlink.net

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  179. You have opened up a whole new sewing avenue for me! I'd love to make a corset.

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  181. I love reading your blog. It is always so fun and lovely.

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  182. Gertie, your corset is going to be a very good corset! I am a bit scared to start doing somenthing like that on my own...but if I win this chance I give it a try!

    my email: cresyl[dot]violet[at]gmail[dot]com

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  183. Omg these would be so helpful! Corset Week is awesome!

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  184. Your corset is looking very good.
    I fancy making a corset and would love such a terrific giveaway
    stitchbliss@stitchbliss.com

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  185. Oh! Either one would be great! I can make some to add to the couple that I have....Thanks for the chance to win either one.

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  186. Seeing your process, I am that much more determined to start making some corsets. I've always been a bit scared off them, but really... it's one step at a time, and fitting one of these is no different than fitting anything else! Please enter me for the giveaway too :D

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  187. I've always wanted to make a corset. Fingers crossed that I win.

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  188. Well i certianly don't want to miss out on the giveaway!So, here is my post! Can't wait to see the finished corset; I know it's going to look FABULOUS; it already looks amazing and it's not even finished!

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  189. Wow! Those changes made an amazing difference to your corset. I don't think I'm quite brave enough to try corsetry yet, but that could change if I win ;)

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  190. The changes look great! I need to learn how to do corsets properly...I hope I win the book! Thanks for letting us follow!

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