Here are some pics from the recent RCHS fall tea. It was a lot of fun, despite my annoying cough. I really enjoyed getting all dressed up in my corset and petticoats – something I haven’t done since July. Mom and Bridget came too and were at my table. I “mothered” a table, serving tea, helping guide the conversation and such. I did have fun but I think I preferred being a servant (carrying food to the table, re-filling tea pots etc.). You are on your feet the whole time but you get a chance to nibble a lot in the kitchen. *hee hee*
ok, a random question. Would you reccomend the Jardiniere (sp?) Titanic era corset? Is it worth the money, or would I be better off drafting one myself? Yours turned out beautifully, so I just want to know if you had any major trouble with it.
Sorry I wasn’t able to get back to your question right away Cindy! As an experienced pattern drafter and corset maker you probably won't find the Jardinière corset a great value. I found it was essentially the same as buying a second toile pattern. It's been shaped and sized for your measurements but it will still require further fitting - ie at least one more toile, possibly two (I'm a 4-5 toile gal on average so you know).
For someone who has little to no experience with corset construction/drafting or who wants to save the trouble of scaling, drafting and a first toile then it's a good deal. In other words if you want to pay to skip a few steps it's a good way to go, if you can do it yourself I'd say go for it.
Hope that helps! If you want to send me your e-mail addy, I can give you a few more tips if you would like... you will find me at mistress (at) chateauwhite (dot) com