Progress on my Marmotte Masquerade stays is moving along faster than I can blog about it, despite a little un-help from Felicity.
Nope. Can’t have it. My fabric.
All the pieces were boned, and sewn together:
Then, with a bit of help from Mr D, I tried them on. He wasn’t in a very good mood for lacing or photography, but you can still see that my lacing is nice and even
The fit was pretty good straight from the pattern, with no alterations other than a bit of lengthening (and I’ll lengthen any future versions another half an inch).
The one change I will be making is to try to reduce the waist as much as possible. The stays aren’t giving me much of a cone shape, and I’d like a bit more compression in the waist for comfort.
The uplift and shape in the bust is great though, especially considering how little I have to lift and shape.
With fitting done, I made adjustments to the pattern and started covering the pieces with my fashion fabric. Mmmm…marmottes…
Now I’m just doing a lot of binding in a hurry! I’m supposed to be wearing these on Saturday evening…
Is this the pattern you’re using? Would it be phenomenally brain dead for someone who’s never made a corset to give that one a go? I like the shape and the fact that it’s a pdf but I’m worried I’ll frequently be taken by the urge to burn my house down in the attempt.
Sorry, I forgot to add the link. http://ralphpink-patterns.com/product/rp012c/
ralphpink.comI’m pretty sure Leimomi is using the same pattern I used which is a little harder to find, but is free. http://www.ralphpink.com/pattern-cutting/womenswear/corsets is the link, you click on the smaller pic under “TUTORIAL”, it looks like it has 2 Victorian corsets in it, but also includes the 1770’s half boned stays. I had to size mine up a bit, no longer quite as small as the pattern is drafted for. It is, by the way the first corset I’ve ever made, I followed a few blog tutorials combined with some info I have in books to make it up. The file for that one is called RP-COR5 once you download it.
The bust shape is just great, but it does need to come in at the waist – you are smaller than you thought you were!
But you do look tired, dear Dreamstress! Hope next week is a bit less full on for you.