Sunday, May 27, 2007

Over kill Corset

I now have a set of 18th century stays. I used J.P. Ryan's pattern which works well. Sarah is now working on a set as well as a dress.

The stays are fully boned, every channel you see has a bone in it and all of them are metal of one sort or another. I used two widths of flat metal boning plus one type of spiral boing which mostly went in the sides. This is rather overkill but hey and I intend to convince certain refs it is armour. Considering I'd happly take a blow from a real sword across it I think that is fair.

I have also made a small bumroll and a matching skirt. This is all for my Maelstrom character Oriel. I/she is a Taylor for the nobility of Millen but I am looking to stress that i am aservant and she plans to blend into the background a bit this coming event, hence the monchrome look.

It worked quite well though there are things i could do better like the visible locking off stiches I should have finished the thread ends off by hand. I am making some detachable straps as well as I think I may feel i keep needing to pull them up fractionally. I think for now I will be wearing the outfit with a black jacket i already have and was bought off the high street a while back. Longer term i plan to make a black wool riding coat, probably with plates in the shoulders and possibly part of the skirts..(to add to the armour theme and to up the amount of armour I am wearing) Still need to hem the skirt .


The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Okay, I don't think I could convince myself to squeeze into a corset, but your costume-making skills are amazing. I'm still at the intermediate sewing stage at best. You're really talented.

Absintheskiss said...

I am about to embark on a similar project, but with lacing up the front. How much boning did you get through! That blessed corset must weigh a ton.

Very nice work as always.

Esther said...

Thanks stitchin sheep, lots of practice. You should try a corset, a well fitted one is much more comfortable that you would expect and the reaction you get from others is well worth it :)

As to the question of how much boning.. I'm not sure off the top of my head but I can work it out for you if needed, several metres certainly and yes it does weight a noticable amount.

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