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Clockwork costume update

Muslin mockup of stays (which I should probably call "jumps," as I am cording instead of boning the muslin in order to make them Something Different And Useful On Their Own, due to my aversion to throwaway muslins) is assembled, and the casings in the front panel are stitched. Butterick 4254, view A. Although I'm belatedly thinking I probably should have done view B, with both front and back lacing, to avoid the absolute necessity of help getting dressed. Will probably do that for the good stays; the construction is identical enough that I don't need to worry about not having done the practice run that way.

Things Wot I Have Learned:
  • I will finally have to break down and buy a tracing wheel and transfer paper. My trusty disappearing ink marker managed to get enough through the pattern pieces that I could see the stitching lines for the casings on the muslin, but no way would they be visible on the real fabric for the stays. And this puppy calls for insane quantities of boning, in a configuration completely unlike the Victorian and Victorian-derived corsets I've previously made. So getting the stitching lines right is key.
  • Mustn't stitch all the way along some of the aforementioned lines right away, as this will leave me nowhere to insert the boning. *facepalm* The seamripper is my friend.

Put it on hold to help brainiacfive for a while with the yardwork. Am now all tired and sore, and didn't do nearly as much as he did. We are therefore ordering pizza instead of expending energy on the production of dinner. After that, not sure whether I will get back to sewing or try to get some more written on the Nyssafic. Depends on how much the sore sticks around. Shower helped some, we shall see from there.

CT-minus 96 days.


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Aug. 20th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the sewing. Hubs and I spent an exciting hour and a half tonight with him fitting a muslin on me so I could have something accurate around the neck, shoulders, and armholes for a gown pattern that I'm working on.

'Twas the unskilled leading the clueless, considering that I have little draping experience, he has none, and he was pinning everything on me. But I've got a starting point for making another test bodice tomorrow.

Corded corsets are very cool. You may have seen this already, but I've bookmarked this page for when I'm ready to make one of my own.
Aug. 21st, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
That makes me tired just reading it.
Aug. 21st, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
I don't know if you are interested or not, but I just saw this went up on auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200019179105
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
Guh. That is my absolute favorite costume they put on her.

It's going to be ridiculously too rich for my blood of course, but I'll definitely have to watch...
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
It's so beautiful, and I just loved her in those eps! I immediately thought of you!
Aug. 21st, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
Mmm. Pizza. Gods, not I'm hungry! LOL.
Aug. 24th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
You are such an insanely talented seamstress. I am consistently in awe of what you produce.
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