Research for Titanic

So as everyone knows, I am kind of a research fiend…. I love researching and making sure that the ideas I have are justified and that I have a leg to stand on.

While trying to figure out what kind of collar boning I would need for my guimp for the tea dress I found this:

http://festiveattyre.blogspot.com/2011/09/edwardian-collar-stays.html

These collar stays are exactly the solution I needed for my guimp and we can make them at home.

 

Also I started sketching out the process for the 2 dresses and the guimp and I will be working on the mock-ups tomorrow.  The Tea Dress is requiring much more alteration then the Evening Gown, I definitely hadn’t expected that.  Also the sarees have been ordered and they will be here in the next week and a half and I will be ordering all of the silks at the end of the week.  I am just getting more and more excited.

Corset – Final Fitting

I finished sewing all of the facings while E cooked us a fabulous dinner and then finished setting the grommets after dinner, since all of that equipment is downstairs.  I really like the look of the corset, even without the boning.

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Front of the corset with bone casing sewn in but no bones.

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Back of the corset with bone casing sewn in but no bones.

I decided to go with a bit more of a demi-cup then the underbust that the original pattern called for.  Lucky for me, I am a bit small chested so I can get away without boning in the breast area.  I will be adding two hood and eye set-ups to the front top to keep that area secure and closed though.

Tomorrow is boning and finalizing.

Model Mayhem

So I was talking to my friend J last night when we went out after modeling in a hair show, and she commented that she has a model mayhem site.  I have heard of this from a couple people out at the Ren Fest and didn’t really know anyone that hadn’t done it just for bikini shots.  J has done quite a few shoots with different photographers and she has had positive experiences.

E kinda gave me a funny look when I said I was thinking about getting a site on there and was going through the lists of do’s and don’t’s that I would need to have in my profile.  Well first off, I am terrible at writing about myself… so I don’t really know how to write this profile to start with.  I did find some interesting bits in that they also have pages for costume designers, so I am looking forward to getting my stuff up there in that respect after the Titanic event.  Right now I will have to use the engagement pictures as my modeling submission, but they look really good so I am not worried.  We also have a wide range of attire in that instance because of all the costume changes I asked for.

We will see.

Corset Progress

So today I got almost finished, the only thing left to do tomorrow is adding boning, finishing seams, and adding the trim.

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Right and left piece of the actual corset, with half of the seams finished.

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This is how I make my own bias strips, fabulously easy.

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This is both the left and right piece with all of the homemade bone casing sewn in and the waist strip sewn into place.

I will do another post with the try-on.

Corset Mock-Up

So I have delayed a bit in posting this because I don’t really like how my body looks right now, but I am going to do it for documentation sake.

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Front after pinning (inside out).

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Back after pinning (inside out).

I took all of E’s pin marks and transferred the alterations to the pattern and then back to the mock-up.  I restitched the new lines on the mock-up and got this as a result:

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Front after re-stitching (right side out).

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Back after re-stitching (right side out).