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Latest corset is done!

I just finished up a corset for ayalanya. It is a blue, patterned velvet underbust using 14 panels. It has 3/8" sprial boning throughout, except for the busk (and .5mm thick underbusk) and the 1/4" flat steel (.6mm) bones by the grommets. It is underlined with a heavy denim twill and the lining is a fine brushed black cotton twill. Normally I draft to have a 2" gap but it seems her kidneys are a few inches inbound and the bones would have been going too close to them. I added a little bit to the draft and now it sit perfectly closed.

This is the second corset using the new welt seam construction. I am really really happy with the method. The interesting thing about the construction technique is the loss of approx 1/8" per seam due to the folding back. The upside is that if I draft to have it perfectly closed it will have a 2" gap. Making a three layer corset was no more work than two. When I was using the sandwhich method it was a lot more work and actually casued problems. Since each panel is completely finished before adding the next one, any slight variations b/w the outer fashion fabric and the lining can be trimmed up. Since I was using velvet this really helped since velvet will shift when the pile gets compressed under the foot. It's not much but if I was doing the lining and shell seperately before attaching it could be off by a 1/4"

I am now starting on drafting a matching skirt. I'm hoping to try and incorporate some 24" black fringe into the skirt. I have a few yards and I think that it will work without clashing with the existing pattern in the velvet.



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Feb. 6th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
My god that is some gorgeous fabric! Got enough left over to make me a tunic?
Feb. 6th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
ayalanya bought the fabric. It is _costume_ velvet. Since I double lined it, it works well for the corset. The skirt is going to make a little noise, though.

Tunic? That's just a belted T shirt. Do you mean more of a robe?
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
I now have the remnant of the fabric if you want me to make something.
Feb. 6th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
That's absolutely beautiful! I look forward to seeing it on her.
Feb. 6th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
pretty! but we want pictures on the girl!
Feb. 6th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Ha, I get to see her all the time! Once I get the skirt done I'll schedule a photoshoot.
Feb. 7th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
purty :D
Feb. 8th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Very nice. :)

(I followed the link to you from Alanya's journal.)

I can't wait to see it in person.
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