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A weekend project

Or an exercise in insanity. I'm pregnant. But I've started to make another corset. :) Go figure.

I promise, I do not have some sort of corset fetish -- I'm just still on my quest to learn how to make a nice, authentic corset. And though I really shouldn't have started this until after the baby is born, this piece was really nothing more than a desire to replicate an original using my pre-pregnancy measurements. During the last 5 years or so, I was a bad corset-wearer -- I would always try to squeeze myself into my old 27-28" waist when I could only comfortably fit into a 30-31" waist. So I'd quite often be miserable at reenactments trying to achieve that little hourglass shape.

Now that I've accepted the fact that I may never be 28" again (although I suppose it's possible), I decided I'd need to make another corset for my after-baby-body anyway if I were going to keep reenacting. When I saw this corset on LaraCorsets.com, I knew I had to recreate it, even if I never got to wear it. It's not 1860s -- it's actually a little later era (1880s, probably) due to the colored flossing on it. The shape is 1860s, though. It's very similar to the "Light French Corset" which came out in 1860. I love green and earthy tones. This corset is a tan twill with two shades of green for the flossing. It was also my first time to do flossing, so that is making it extra fun. :)

5 comments:

sarahanne said...

You corset looks so nice. Can't wait to see more pictures! I need to make me a new corset. I drafted a pattern from an orginal but just have not gotten around to making one.

lissawi said...

You are too funny! I wish I could tackle a corset in a weekend! It looks great!

Annette Bethke said...

How fancy! I'm going to Pennsylvania in June and attend a Genteel Arts class on corset fitting. It's time to get one that really fits.

Emily said...

I just found your blog and had to say hello! :) Corsets are great and yours is looking lovely! Congrats on being pregnant!! :) Have a wonderful day!

Lauren said...

I love it :-)