Now that I have finally caught up with blogging about my finished costumes from this summer, I can once again turn my attention to current and future projects. At the moment, I am finishing up an early-1910's dress that I am making to wear to the Antique Elegance show next weekend. I've really learned a lot with this project, and I've had fun trying out some period techniques that are new to me.
The card of stays was so beautiful and pristine that I wouldn't dream of using the originals for my dress, but at least I could measure them and figure out how they were made. The wire is stiff, but still bendable, and it is covered with white silk. It seemed very similar to millinery wire, so I drug out some of my own millinery wire and decided to give it a try. It was very easy to bend the wire into a serpentine shape, but the thread covering would become frizzy or broken if I bent it with any type of pliers. The thread didn't break if I bent it with my fingers instead of the pliers, but I couldn't get the curves in the wire as perfect that way. I wonder if my threads were breaking because my millinery wire is so old (it came from an estate sale) or if it would do the same thing with modern wire.