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1890s Corset by chasingrainbows 1890s Corset by chasingrainbows
For :iconochibicake:

K, These photos do it no justice, I just couldnt get it to fit my dressmakers dummy because the corset has such a small waist.

It's made like all my corsets are but with spring steel bones instead of spirals and the widest, biggest, heaviest busk I've ever laid hands on. It ways a ton. I made the modesty panel with eyelets so it could be removed later on as and when the wearer feels comfortable. It has been a learning curve to make this.

The pattern was made by myself, and is high at the back and the bust.

This corset took a lot longer to complete than I thought it it would, but I think its worth it. Obviously it would fit a human better than a plastic dummy, but having seen it up close (and damaging my eyesight with rediculous amount of close up hand sewing) I just love it.

The fabric is a silver Dupioni, and I've fallen in love with it over the course of making the corset.

So. Comments would be much appreciated.
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Pixy-Brand Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Beautiful fabric as always. I have the say the detail work is very impressive. I'm assuming that most of the imperfections I see in the fabric is due to lens flares from the camera. Either way I love the effect of the texture of the fabric and the top stiching

(sorry if I'm not making much sense... I have pnemonia at the moment and the antibiotics they have me on are doing fun things to my head)
chasingrainbows Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
A big get well soon! How did you mange to get so ill so quickly? Stay in bed and drink plenty of fluids, you'll be as right as rain in no time (thats what they always say to me anyway).
Pixy-Brand Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
Because I have diabetes I don't have much of immune system. I caught a cold in Florida (as horrible sad as that sentence is) and it developed in pnemonia.

Thanks for the get well wishes... I'm planning on laying low for the next few days until the anitbiotics kick in.
WaistedSpace Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Construction-wise this is your best corset yet! Your boning channels are stitched impeccably precise, and it looks like you're starting to design and curve them more around the bust - a difficult step to take in my opinion.

I do think the boning could be clipped a little longer - have you tried 3/8" spiral? I've always felt that one channel of 3/8" is stronger and more flexible than two channels of 1/4". You also don't have to stitch so many damn rows! :D

Aesthetically, I think the top and bottom trim are stitched a bit too wide, and their visual lines need to be more defined. That's just my opinion though, and I know how much of a pain stitching the trim is, so take it accordingly.

Your fabric selection as always is well-chosen. You have a great eye for finding unusual fabrics and making them into funky corsets!

How was the process of designing the high back?
chasingrainbows Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Oh, And thank you for the lovely comment :)
chasingrainbows Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
I wont lie, the high back was quite difficult to factor in for me. Getting it just right for the client (who lives in the US) meant sending a mock up and adjusting it accordingly but I was never too sure. I do like it now though. I think I managed it quite well anyway.

The boning channels were originally meant to be seperate, and added on to the top of the corset, but it looked terrible because of the slubs in the fabric, and it would have prevented it having so much boning anyway. I think :iconochibicake: is quite disappointed not having them though. I understand why, but at the same time I think it was more important to get the "right" amount of boning in there for such a large (for me anyway) cinch (5"). Comfort is most important when wearing a corset (in my opinion) and therefore I felt more boning was appropriate.

The boning is all 5mm spring steel. Difficult to cut, difficult to file and difficult to tip neatly and precisely. I didn't like working with it, but it's what was asked for so I made do :p

The trim needs pressing again, I made it to be 8mm(ish) wide as I'm starting to prefer it tight and neat rather than 1cm bias like with my first corsets. This bias is hand stitched on the inside of the corset with satin stitch (what posessed me, I do not know) and it took 12 hours all in all just to bind it. My fingers still ache.

:iconochibicake: chose the fabric, I do like it though. Dupionis are my favourite to work with at the mo, and I have two commissions in the pipeline that are dupioni again!
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