Because I am being good and practical and doing mending instead of exciting historical sewing, I’ll show you more of Madame Ornata’s excellently interesting sewing.
She is making a classic Victorian corset, but the gorgeous striped chocolate brown fabric gives it a bit of a steampunk twist.
It’s lined with chocolate brown linen.
Her sewing machine has beautiful finishing stitches, so she has used them on both back and front.
Now I just have to convince her to ornament it with leather belting and big buckles!
Or bright pink piping…
Either is good.
She used Buttericks stays/corset pattern
It fits beautifully, but after closely inspecting some historical examples, and the corset as it fits, I helped her lay out an alternative boning pattern.
We are basing it on this corset:
The curving lines of bones should fit beautifully around the waist.
Unlike the Butterick’s pattern AND the 1866 C&C corset, this one doesn’t have a front busk. That was a purely practical decision on Madame O’s part – she didn’t have a busk and wanted to go ahead and sew rather than researching and ordering one and waiting for it to arrive.
I can’t wait to see what she does with the flossing. Unlike me, Madame Ornata is a talented embroiderer, so her work should be amazing.
Beautiful! Thanks for showing the inspiration and the work. I love that you “share” your blog.
Why not do a post on mending? That could be interesting and helpful. And it would encourage me to tackle the pile of mending next to my sewing machine. (ick)
Every time I read your blog I get that itch to start another project. You are such an encouragement! I LOVE IT!
I’m excited to see what the gusseted option looks like completed, as I did the non-gusseted version and seems to flatten the chest a bit – I might just try it! Thanks so much!