If you all haven't noticed, I'm very vain about my waist size.
|Pants-less and fierce.|
I've been sewing away over our four day weekend, and here's the result (and yes, C, I honestly do believe that this is 'the one', thank you very much.)
It was about time that I got a new corset. Although I'll still use the good old bosom wrangler for camp, this will be my formalwear stunner and my summer wear - it being only one layer, it's quite cool!
Utensils: A bit of coutil, vintage cotton bias tape, surprisingly little boning.
Pattern: Simplicity 2890, size 12 at the bust, >8 at the waist, 10 at the hips
Time: Less then a week
Result: Happy! I can get my waist down to 23" without any effort. The bust is a bit floppy at the edges, probably due to lack of boning or (gasp!) being too large, but I can always stuff it if it annoys me too much.
All in all, I highly recommend the pattern and strongly suggest using coutil, as my experiences with twill prove that it is simply not substantial enough to stand up to any amount of tight lacing. After making 4 before this, I can definitely tell a difference. Can't wait to use this one!
Also, test out doing gussets if you've never done them before. They're tricky.
Aaand I finally got around to cutting up and re-doing my stays so that I could actually fit into it without smooshing my noble prow, so that will probably get a post of its own eventually.
And I got the most amazing butternut yellow wool from Vogue when I went to get boning. It's almost sheer and it feels like cotton. If I get into W&M it'll become a Revwar dress and if not, it'll be my Civil War formal dress.