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More progress aaaaand then a snag

I pretty much finished the corset today. All I need to do is add a few hooks and eyes and finish the top and bottom with twill tape so I’m in good shape for the HSF deadline of Monday.

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I feel pretty happy with this piece and since I’m a girl with my fair share of love handles I do really enjoy the shape it gives. In preparing the boning for this corset, I manage to stab myself with a particularly sharp edge and ended up with blood all over me, Miraculously none of it got on my clean white corset ๐Ÿ™‚ Look away now if you’re squeamish!

Ouch!

Ouch!

But here’s the snag. I can’t sit down in it! The first time I tried I got half way down and the first bone nearest the busk was pushed up by my big thighs and actually ripped a small hole! I’ve gone over the pattern and Festive Attyre’s beautiful example and it looks like that piece is meant to be that long but I don’t know how anyone manages it! Can anyone tell me what I’m doing wrong?? The photo below shows pretty clearly the tension-ing that I found.

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Also I know that I need to wear a chemise underneath this but still find that the support for ones breasts is a little…. lacking. I have seen a few examples of early brassieres like this lovely ‘Bosom Supporter’ circa 1900. I will do some more of my own research but just wondered if anyone could offer some helpful tips. Thanks!

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About aftermartha

I'm 21 years old and live in Auckland, New Zealand and I have a confession, I absolutely love costumes!

2 responses »

  1. Talk about putting your heart and soul into something! Thank goodness it didn’t get on your corset. As to the snag, you might want to check out this blog: http://bridgesonthebody.blogspot.com/
    I know that she did a very similar 1910s corset and goes into a lot of detail. I can’t remember precisely but I think she might have addressed the sitting down issue.

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    • I remember following some of her sew along when I first thought about starting this project. Went back through it and couldn’t find any details so I just shortened the front bones and it solves the problem ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have you started on yours yet? What patten are you using?

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