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1877 corset XI 
26th of April of 2008, 19:18
1877 corset

Crappy Prym setter...

Today I've been setting grommets (the most annoying part, especially since I don't have an awl...) because I wanted to try the corset before finishing to see if I have to make adjustments. I do..



I set the busk too low, I think. The back digs in a bit, and the front bulges out too much, so the pattern should be modified here. The breast is a little bit tight. For this corset I think I'll just take it in a little. It is a bit too long when I sit, so I will have to cut it at bit at the front...
It still gives the right shape, so it will do for undergarment. But I want to repeat it, because I have learnt a lot of things from this one, and I think I can make it a lot better. I am thinking a double layer, since at least this coutil is quite thin (and I washed it). But I don't know if the wrinkles are due to that, or due that I didn't cut with them on grain to the waist, or any other reason.


Here I am pulling it in a bit.


There is supposed to be a hook and eye there at the top. And the edges are uneven...




I didn't set the top three grommets since they will go over the lace.
And I think I made the back a little too high, seems a bit out of proportion.


Yesterday I did a few things differently on the second half of the corset. I didn't zig-zag the edges of the seam allowances to reduce bulk. Where there where two layers of seam allowances that had to be graded, I cut the underneath layer shorter than the top, so that they don't interfere when inserting the bones.


Right now, I think I am a bit tired of this sewing project. It is surprising for how many days it mantained me engaged, though. I wanted to finish it this weekend, but I think I will let it rest for a while and work in another (non sewing) project. But I am not allowed to work in another sewing project until I finish this one! I have decided (it was about time, really) that I won't start any new projects until I finish a few ones, because I have dozens of them started... I am a mess.

I feel a bit worse of my sickness today, so I think I am gonna rest for the rest of the day (apart from cleaning up my mess and trying to cut down a little on the huge pile of ironing)
Comments 
26th of April of 2008, 17:35 (UTC)
Breathtaking fantastic awesome amazing! And, also, "ZOMG!".
26th of April of 2008, 17:38 (UTC)
WTF!

heheh xD

Thanks :)
26th of April of 2008, 17:38 (UTC)
Wow, it looks amazing :O
26th of April of 2008, 17:39 (UTC)
Not really xD lots of mistakes...
26th of April of 2008, 17:46 (UTC)
For being your first corset project it looks a lot better than I actually expected.

It's seriously good, I've seen really horrible first works, believe me XD
26th of April of 2008, 17:49 (UTC)
Second ;) I don't think I ever posted the first.

Yeah me too xD
26th of April of 2008, 18:22 (UTC)
Te está quedando muy bien! (no entiendo, así que no veo los fallos que comentas arriba :p)

Si te satura y lo haces un poco a desgana mejor dejarlo y cogerlo luego con más ganas ¿no? mientras no se quede olvidado...
Nos contarás cuáles son esos otros proyectos? ^^
26th of April of 2008, 19:32 (UTC)
El caso es que se me suelen quedar olvidados xD Buf, si miras cosas que empecé, que posteé más atrás, y no acabé... cantidad
8th of May of 2008, 12:24 (UTC)
No lo dejes, que va muy bien :)
26th of April of 2008, 18:59 (UTC)
That's such a good looking corset!
26th of April of 2008, 19:33 (UTC)
A bit fucked up though, hehe
26th of April of 2008, 19:35 (UTC)
Hee hee. A 1/8 inch here or there and you'll be fine. You can take in the abdomen quite a bit too. But really ,the lines of the corest are just lovely.

Do you have an even feed foot for your sewing machine? With the one layer corset, those *eentsy* little puckers near the top under the boning casings are looking to me like the feed dogs easing the fabric into your boning casing.

I love my even feed foots. Yes foots, I have several machienes, and therefore several feet. :D
26th of April of 2008, 19:38 (UTC)
No I don't, my machines are vintage, so the feet are vintage too. I basted the hell out of the casings before sewing, though.
26th of April of 2008, 19:41 (UTC)
There are currently available short shank and long shank even feed feet you can apply to a vintage sewing machine. I don't know that basting will help with the ease affect, because it happens with every stitch when the machine advances the fabric under the presser foot.

You may also be able to lessen those micro puckers with lowering the upper presser foot tension. This may end up causing it's own problems, so maybe not worth the trouble.

I suppose I'm just saying you didn't do anything wrong, but your machine may be posing some wrinkles that weren't put there by you.
26th of April of 2008, 20:10 (UTC)
The problem seems to be where the curvier parts are, those are always more problematic. The upper presser tension is quite low. It may be so many things, I don't know if it is worth the trouble (and time) of looking into each of them separately. I may try some things, if it works, great, otherwise, hey this is just my hobby ;)
26th of April of 2008, 20:11 (UTC)
Hear hear. Always across the bias it will be more finicky. You mentioned wanted the next to be two layers, and the added stability may render that moot anyway.

And in the meantime, you have still a smashing looking corset to show off! ;-)
26th of April of 2008, 20:35 (UTC)
:)
26th of April of 2008, 23:17 (UTC)
It's very very pretty! I'm really amazed by your skills, (hey it's your first corset) and you patience too. I'm like wow.
27th of April of 2008, 08:40 (UTC)
The second, hehe. As you will understand, I only see the defects ;)
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9th of May of 2008, 08:06 (UTC)
I have a nice(r) setter, but I bought it for too big grommets and I don't really like them...

I like high backs, but, I don't think it goes well with this model, and I think it goes high too suddenly. I think when I finish this corset I 'll start a new one...
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