So I'm sure most of you know about the very cool Historical Sew Fortnightly project that is going on in 2013. I wasn't sure if I should join this one because my project calendar is already packed to the brim, but it just looks like so much fun that I can't resist! I know I won't be able to do all of them, but if a project that I already have planned happens to correspond with a challenge, then I figured I might as well join the party!
So luckily, the first challenge happened to line up perfectly with a goal that I had already set for myself for the last week of 2012:
#0 (the bonus challenge): Starting Simple - due 31 December NZT. Finish a project, make a very simple garment, or something you have made before.
I'm not sure if a corset counts as "very simple", but it was something that I had made before and I knew I could knock one out before the New Year. I also have several new Victorian dresses that I am wanting to make in 2013, so it seemed like it would be a good idea to get the corset out of the way early so I could focus on the dresses when I am back at work and have less time on my hands.
I enlarged the pattern to 113% so it would come closer to fitting my waist measurement, but I didn't make any other changes to the bust/waist/hip proportions, and I followed the pattern as precisely as possible. However, I am tall and pretty long-waisted, so I had to add 2" onto the torso to make the bust hit me in the right place. I also had to remove 2" from the bottom edge in front because it was so long over my belly that it buckled when I sat down. I'm guessing that this corset was meant for a lady with a higher waistline than mine, but I don't like having the tightest part of the waist hit at my ribs, so I deiced it was worth making some adjustments.
My corset is made with silk brocade and coutil treated as one layer, and the spiral steel boning is held under tapes on the inside. The original corset was boned with cane, so I left off some of the boning channels on my version since the steel is so much stronger. However, the missing boning caused the top to wrinkle under the bust a little, so I added cording in that area like the example from Corsets and Crinolines to add a bit more support. I still need to add flossing, but I'm going to put that off for sometime further down the road. Maybe that can even be my entry for challenge #4 - Embellish!