Thursday, June 12, 2014

An evening of risque stockings

Or, de-staching slowly and responsibly.

I found some leftover silk from my blue regency ballgown while reorganizing and decided to make myself a new corset, since my current one is getting a lot of use so I can't really consider it my 'fancy' one anymore.

 I realized too late that my chemise (which should be replaced soon) was inside out.  The more you know...
 I'm definitely not the sort who usually puts a lot of time and effort into undergarments (as far as I'm concerned, nobody's going to see them, so why bother?) but I had a lot of time and white thread on my hands because of summer break, as well as a few older corsets that I cannibalized for boning, so I went with it.

Just the Details:

Period: 1855-1860

Pattern:  Loosely based on Kay Gnagey's Simplicity pattern, but I altered it considerably.

Materials:  Silk taffeta, cotton coutil, cotton twill tape, spiral boning

Time:  About four days (the quilting took forever.)

Final Verdict:  I love this corset!  I'm so happy I put the time into making it pretty!  The only change to my old one that I made was to make it two layers and to lengthen the pattern by about 3/4".  It worked out really well, and it's a lot more comfortable than my other one, even though it's a bit tight around the bust.  However, it wasn't until I was almost done that I realized... I forgot to take the tuck out on the front!  I will probably go back and put a bone there or something to keep it from wrinkling at the waist (see below.)  I am also, as I learned, an abysmal top-stitcher, so you can't look too closely at the seams because they're not all in straight lines.

 I tried to do one of the 'risque victorian boudoir daguerreotype' poses, but the car in the background ruins the affect.
 I also want to go back and do a lot more flossing like on the originals.  c;

I've also been finishing up my camp impression for my Revwar event this weekend.  Let's hope that I remember to bring the camera this time!


  1. WOW can I say that I am AMAZED?! lol I could never make a corset... never *shaking head sadly* You have a ton of talent! I'm glad you can afford to keep up with it ;)

    Keep it up!

  2. It's so pretty!!! I also like how the colors match your walls in the pictures, ahaha! You're making me want to make another corset ;_;

    1. There's no such thing as too many, haha! You can always find a use for them. And if you can't, you can send 'em over to me c;

  3. Is there any way I can possible be more jealous?!! Love it F :)

  4. Welcome to the blue corset club :)

    Looks great!

    1. Thank you, my dear! Now we sort of match (;

  5. My heavens but your corset is beautiful!! The color is so lovely and your flossing is so well done! Brava!!