Jenny La Fleur
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Thanks to a little WWKD, I finally got to work on my Victorian corset last night. It's only been on "The List" (TM) for 3 years. *sigh*

I'm using the Laughing Moon pattern, the Doré version (straight-seam). I had cut out a toile of the pattern last year so I pulled that out, finished transferring the markings and put it together.

The fitting went pretty well. The bottom hip/waist fit very well indeed, the top not so much. That's my fault though as my bust to hip ratio isn't at all standard. A little tweaking and it should be fine. The one major alteration I needed to make was to raise the bust a bit, it was too low for period stuff IMHO.

There also wasn’t much of a gap in the back. I realized when I went to cut out a second toile part of the reason for that - the pattern had 5/8" seam allowances and I had sewed it with 1/2" SAs. Umm opps. :P


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mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: October 29th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC) (link)
Good for you! I need to take a leaf out of your book and get on with Mummy's new corset!!
doing seam allowances wrong is so annoying isn't it?! I didn't used to be so good about labeling patterns, so I once sut out a bodiceadding SA when it already had it, and got very confused thinking, I'm sure I've not lost weight?!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 30th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah I'm usually pretty good about checking the SAs - I'm just so used to doing ½" on my own patterns and so rarely use commercial patterns anymore (especially costumes) that I forget it isn't the industry standard. :P

It's amazing how much difference that little 1/8" on each seam can make!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: October 31st, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC) (link)
Good for you!

You are making me want to go work on mine now.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 1st, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC) (link)
You should... you know you want to!
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