Jenny La Fleur
almost a start to the stays - Jenny La Fleur
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almost a start to the stays
Well I managed to cut out part of the stays tonight. I’m constructing them via the Mara Riley method. This worked well for the corded bodice. It also seems to be the method Hunnisett uses as well. So I’ve cut out the fashion fabric and will mount that to uncut drill.

I ended up not using that green broadcloth after all. It is technically Mom’s and she decided she wanted to use it herself. I was half thinking of using that rose linen-look I bought for the Faire Garb sleeves so it wasn’t a big deal. I must admit I’m starting to regret that decision though. The rose, being some form of poly blend, is very slippery and I’m pretty sure will be a terror to try and keep in shape. I hoping if I baste it really well (to the drill) I’ll be okay but it’s not going to be fun. Maybe I should mount it to some fusible interfacing. Hey that’s not a bad idea. Either that or consider ditching tonight’s work and just using something else… umm. I'm really regretting having ever bought the stuff in the first place.

I started to mark the boning channels on it too. I tried all the standard methods but the only one that would work was my trusty transfer pen. The one that bleeds through the interfacing, transferring the boning pattern below. Problem is it’s taking a lot of ink to show up on the rose so I’ve killed my pen. I’ll have to run to Wal-Mart and pick up another one before I can finish. Oh, I forgot to cut out the sleeves too… *makes note*

Tomorrow will be a full cutting sewing projects day so I’m off to bed…


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koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: September 14th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm too lazy to click on the link (how bad is that?), but that's the method where you make the panels separately and then sew them together, right?

That's how I did mine. I love it. Very, very nice. See, when the stays stretched, I was able to take them in in very little time. Plus, everything lined up just how it should. Perfect :)

And I haven't commented on your entries recently, but I just wanted to say I'm really impressed with the things you've been making lately. Wow :)

I really enjoy reading your updates even if I'm not always posting :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 15th, 2004 06:04 am (UTC) (link)
Basically she has you mount the cut interlining to an uncut length of outer fabric. Sew up all the boning channels then cut the other and lining to match. It reduces the, my-fabric-is-not-lining-up-now-that-I've-sewn-the channels issue. A real problem with machine sewing them. Then you sew all the finished panels together and continue on.

Yeah, I'm really digging the method. It also takes care of the bones that go horizontally across the bust and back - I can just attach them to the lining before I add that to the panel. :>

Thank you very much. :> I guess I tend to do the same, I haven't posted much on your updates either, although I always read them with interest. I can't wait to see your Regency gown - talk about wow! I think you are mean to make us wait. *grin*
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