Victorianesque Underbust Corset

    

Not a true Victorian corset with its short length on the body but the seams follow a classic Victorian shape which allows for a greater cinch at the waist. It is made using a layer of Herringbone cotton canvas lined in calico. The bones are spiral steel which I haven’t used before. I was amazed with how flexible and strong it is so I am hoping to be able to see it perform in a wedding dress soon.

     

The pattern was drafted by wrapping my lovely fit model in cling film and duct tape. Lots of pinching let me determine where we could get the best reduction. My next version will need double the amount of eyelets down the back, edged with flat steel but on the whole I am really happy with how this turned out.

Long line underbust Corset

After years of making boned dresses I finally had an opportunity to try my hand at the more technical world of corsetry. (Secretly I was always looking for an excuse)

This corset was made with 2 pieces of plastic boning per seam. The pattern doesn’t allow for a strong cinch at the waist so steel would have been wasted. The fabric is a print by Catherine Martin, with its reference to Lyrebird tail feathers I had to have it even though I had no idea how I was going to match the print at the seams. The binding, flossing and lacing offer a little contrast but are still tonal with the main print fabric.

An enormous thank you to Meg on who these patterns are based. For all your patience from the first draft to the final posing.

Eliza Doolittle

Some times I get to do projects that are really fun.

For a black and white themed party dedicated to Audrey Hepburn there really was no other dress to make.

Because this is a costume I cleated a little. The lace and lining is a stretch fabric. This makes the pattern making and fitting easier. The black and white ribbon were made from strips of satin.

The hat was more troublesome and it isn’t sitting quite as angled as it should, This was a small concession to the neck of the wearer. A base was made of Buckram and then covered in black and white satin.

my fair lady cosplay