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« Reply #350 on: July 15, 2012, 03:56:46 am »

from a historical fashion point of view it's supposed to look as it does. Lots of heavy swags.
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« Reply #351 on: July 15, 2012, 08:24:24 am »

Hi Peggy,

The reason I mentioned it is - see the way the fabric about one third of the way down from the waist seems to bend inwards?  If you had a shallow bustle pad that reaches down to here it would spread your lovely fabric out as you walk, rather than collapsing like this appears to do.  Do you see what I mean?

You could have a petticoat with stiff/starched ruffles up the back that would do the same thing, of course.  Let me know what you think.

I absolutely see why you mentioned this Frances Smiley

The problem with either of those solutions is that the sides and back hold their shape using drawstrings so a bustle pad or ruffled petticoat would sit between me and the drawstrings and not really add to the structure if you see what I mean. I could photograph the inside of the overskirt if you like to show you how this works Smiley

Once I put both skirts on me rather than a tailors dummy and I get the drawstrings on both skirts pulled in for my figure, then it does hold it's shape better and the swags and gathering become more 'poofed' if you see what I mean.

Wilhelmina, you couldn't be more right saying heavy swags, these are probably the heaviest skirts I own and they broke several hangers before I found one strong enough to hold them!   Cheesy
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« Reply #352 on: July 15, 2012, 05:55:39 pm »

I realise that you are not going for this look, but have you seen the video of a lady getting dressed in 1870's:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/createthemood/HowToMake/underneath/Victorian/Victorian%20Underwear2.html

under the first three pictures there is the link to the video.  (I do not agree with everything the man says, but which costume-maker ever agrees 100% with another one?  Cheesy)
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« Reply #353 on: July 16, 2012, 10:15:37 pm »

I have been working on this outfit to enter in the local county fair. The class is Costumes, in the "Home Arts" category.(A bit dated, that!) Anyway, I just finished decorating my parasol and sewing the blouse for the outfit. Up to now I have been wearing it with off-the-rack blouses from the thrift stores.


The outfit includes the hat,purse,parasol and boots. (I do love my black and white stripes! Cheesy)
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« Reply #354 on: July 16, 2012, 11:47:28 pm »

Very nice indeed, Lady Toadflinger!  If you don't win, or at least place highly, there is no justice!
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« Reply #355 on: July 17, 2012, 12:21:30 am »

Good luck, Lady Toadflinger, and do let us know how it goes.

I am sewing buttonholes.  Many, many buttonholes, by hand, with silk buttonhole twist.  It is strangely meditative.
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« Reply #356 on: July 17, 2012, 06:15:50 am »

Bit like making rosary beads!
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« Reply #357 on: July 17, 2012, 12:14:45 pm »

I have been working on this outfit to enter in the local county fair. The class is Costumes, in the "Home Arts" category.(A bit dated, that!) Anyway, I just finished decorating my parasol and sewing the blouse for the outfit. Up to now I have been wearing it with off-the-rack blouses from the thrift stores.


The outfit includes the hat,purse,parasol and boots. (I do love my black and white stripes! Cheesy)

Absolutely adorable, good luck!  Smiley
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« Reply #358 on: July 17, 2012, 02:40:31 pm »


The outfit includes the hat,purse,parasol and boots. (I do love my black and white stripes! Cheesy)

I love the fabric on that hat! Very nice indeed.

I am sewing buttonholes.  Many, many buttonholes, by hand, with silk buttonhole twist.  It is strangely meditative.

I won't use my sewing machine to make buttonholes anymore. All are done by hand. Makes for a little longer time sewing, but I figure what's an extra day or two (or three or four) compared to how long I'll wear the garment?
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« Reply #359 on: July 17, 2012, 04:13:56 pm »

I hate trying to do buttonholes on either of my machines. They all end up done by hand.
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« Reply #360 on: July 17, 2012, 04:23:14 pm »

Thank you all for the kind comments.  I'll let you know how it goes. Smiley
I don't do many buttonholes in my sewing, but my machine, a 30+ year old Kenmore, has an attachment that makes great buttonholes.  Huzzah for the older, metal sewing machines!
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« Reply #361 on: July 18, 2012, 02:21:44 am »

You are so right Lady Toadflinger,

I got rid of my old metal machine and bought a light-weight plasticky affair mainly because it was more modern.  Oh, how I have regretted it.  It sewed so much better and just went on and on with never a problem.  *sigh*
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« Reply #362 on: July 18, 2012, 03:14:21 am »

My main machine is a sixties Viking that survived Home Economics in the local High School. Sadly the buttonhole attachment vanished with the years.  LOVE that machine. I have made tents with it!
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« Reply #363 on: July 18, 2012, 04:00:59 pm »

I'm still working on my trousers. I just have to put in the waist lining and then I'm finished! Here are my hand-sewn buttonholes on the fly:

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The bottom buttonhole was an experiment with a slightly different style. I don't like it - too boxy. The top one came out the best. You'll never see any of them when I wear the trousers. Smiley

There's a lot of structure going on inside the trousers. Here's a shot of some of the linen stays thoughout:

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Pocket stays, side seam stays, waist stays, and button stays for the braces.
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« Reply #364 on: July 18, 2012, 11:11:09 pm »

mr watson, those are beautiful!
handworked buttonholes are one of the hardest things to do well after corset boning in my opinion.

I wish i had some more free time, i was supposed to have completed my everyday outfit in may but that all went up the spout.
I have to just come here and ogle all the amazing work you guys do instead <3
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« Reply #365 on: July 19, 2012, 12:37:31 am »

mr watson, those are beautiful!
handworked buttonholes are one of the hardest things to do well after corset boning in my opinion.

I wish i had some more free time, i was supposed to have completed my everyday outfit in may but that all went up the spout.
I have to just come here and ogle all the amazing work you guys do instead <3

Is corset boning difficult?  I thought maybe the flossing patterns at the ends of the bones might be.
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« Reply #366 on: July 19, 2012, 04:04:24 am »

I was instructed by a co-worker and some old friends of mine to keep making hats and caps....so I guess I must keep sewing despite completing my gentlemen's challenge entry. 
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« Reply #367 on: July 19, 2012, 02:41:39 pm »

Metal framed machines can still be had - my new Singer is, IIRC, built on a metal frame, and it makes a fairly nice buttonhole. Not anything like as nice as Mr Watson's fine examples, but nice enough and better than my hand buttonholes tend to turn out.

(Ho hum, posting from a train - still no internet at my flat. Pictures of recent creations will consequently have to wait).
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« Reply #368 on: July 20, 2012, 09:49:02 am »

TRYING to motivate myself to finish a corset for an order, it's not going too well :')
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« Reply #369 on: July 20, 2012, 01:21:55 pm »

Corsets that fit and do their stuff are not easy things to tackle.  Have you looked at any of the online guides to help motivate you?
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« Reply #370 on: August 04, 2012, 07:08:09 am »

I just finished this vest and the bracer today.

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« Reply #371 on: August 26, 2012, 02:21:03 am »

Working on a corslette at the moment (using the TV pattern). Its coming along rather nicely thus far. Just need to order the boning for it.

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« Reply #372 on: August 26, 2012, 07:28:08 pm »

I have been working on this for around three months. It is all hand painted and beaded.  It glows in the dark too but I cant get a good shot of it.

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« Reply #373 on: August 28, 2012, 03:27:52 pm »

currently I am adapting a custom corset pattern to make myself an underbust corset for everyday wear.  I'm planning on boning it with rigiline as I used this for another corset I wear and I actually got a pretty good shape in it while being totally comfortable.  This is the one I am adapting from Smiley (sorry not sure how to share Flickr pics)

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« Reply #374 on: August 28, 2012, 04:01:14 pm »

I've nearly finished a new corset for my wife, for the Asylum. All it needs is binding added to the top and bottom, and I'm going to dye the lacing navy.

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That's 28 flat steel bones, linen lining, linen canvas interior, and navy duck front, rivets reinforced with buckram, and the design fell stitched on top. Pretty much bombproof.
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