Saturday, December 20, 2014

Corset # 2

My second attempt at the same pattern as last time (because that's the point, getting a pattern that fits) took a little more work in the alteration sense and so I decided to just make it complicated all over. I use my window as a light source for tracing new lines, however it also shows the additions and subtractions I've made. This pattern has been trying, but this is how I'll learn so I'm not complaining,  I needed to fix the hip curve on the old pattern and there was a pressure point on my left rib that needed addressed.

I made the alterations and cut out my fabrics. I'm sorry if you're expecting more of a tutorial post, unfortunately I'm still learning and don't know very much yet, so we're just stuck in story telling mode for now. But who knows, maybe in the future this blog will be a little more teaching based.

I absolutely love dying fabrics, so I decided that the white table cloth I was using for this mock up would undergo a colorful transformation. I used an easy batik method with a product I got from Dharma Trading Co. and then prepared my yellow color. When I washed the batik and yellow out, I sprinkled purple and orange in strategic places . I turns out that the color stains even with out the mordant. I rinsed it out after about ten minutes and hung it up to dry, pretty pleased with the experiment to that point.

When it was dry I had to steam it back into shape. The fabric was rather shifty. I put some stabilizer on the back and got to work on putting the thing together.

Right now the method that's easiest for me is to sandwich the boning channels between the layers. This corset has four, well five if you count the interfacing. In this order....Fashion fabric backed with interfacing, cotton sateen, coutil sewn to sateen and fashion fabric to create channels and act as a strength layer, and then cotton sateen as the lining to cover up the mess inside. 

Once I got it mostly sewn up I started adding embellishments. I wanted to use what I had on hand, I don't like spending extra money on things that are meant as practice. I had a whole pack of glitter and so I mixed colors to make something that would match. Did you know you can mix glitter to make other colors? It's something I never thought about before, but I discovered that in this process. So I painted a flower with it because I tend to just put flowers everywhere.

I also added sequins. Why not? If it's going to be sparkly, shiny, obnoxious why not go over the top?

After the bones where put in and I was all ready to close it up, I decided to to put it on just in case I didn't have reason to be as confident about the pattern as I was. Blahhhhhhh! What's this weird bulgy hip thing? One more adjustment to do, but this is why it's just practice. I took the top stitching out and pinched in some of the fabric in the hopes that it would smooth out. Then I top stitched it again and closed it up with binding,

The hips are still misshapen, but I would wear this with a costume or for a performance. I put squiggly lines of sequins in places with flaws that needed covered up. There were more then I'd like to admit. No worries, practice practice practice right?

I got to work with fabric glue and I got to see if the materials I used where actually appropriate for the task I was asking them to do. 

I don't ever believe that any effort is wasted, so even though it's not perfect, it was worth the work. 
It was also a chance to show my niece some crazy art. I don't know if you notice her in the background of my pictures, but she is always wanting to be in my workshop. Apparently for her magic happens there. Yay! Maybe I'll have someone to pass this on to.

Here it is in motion. I love how it sparkles and I'll probably use glitter again on something. Please excuse the noise, i left the fan on while filming. Oops.

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