My black and white striped corset is finished!

61 My black and white striped corset is finished! I finished up my black and white striped corset for my Dark Circus costume last week! It looks great and fits perfectly. Which I suppose it should, since I drafted the pattern to my measurements. In my last post about it, I had been sewing on the boning channels. The next step was to bind the top and bottom, which I did my making some binding tape out of black velveteen.

11 My black and white striped corset is finished! I stitched it along the top and bottom edges, and then hand stitched it along the inside.

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Then I put in the grommets and attached a modestly panel to the back. No matter how skinny you are, a corset will give you back cleavage which looks terrible. A modesty panel is a must!

31 My black and white striped corset is finished! The grommets took forever! Cutting the holes and pounding them in by hand is such a pain. But a grommet setter is so expensive! Oh well. I don’t have to put grommets in very often so it’s not that big of a deal. If I did it every week, I’d probably get the grommet setter. Here’s a look at the inside of the corset -

41 My black and white striped corset is finished! Nice and neat. Don’t mind the lint, it came from punching all the holes for the grommets. I took it off with tape. This corset fits like a dream – it’s tight but not ridiculous. I want to be able to wear this costume for hours at a time if I need to.

71 My black and white striped corset is finished! I’m really pleased with the shape I made for the top and bottom. Sadly, I only took crappy selfies of me wearing it, and I’m too lazy to lace it up again and take more. I figure I will take plenty of pics when the costume is all done anyways!

91 My black and white striped corset is finished!

101 My black and white striped corset is finished!

111 My black and white striped corset is finished! As you can see, it’s very boobtastic! Haha! My dress form doesn’t have the boobage I do, so it looks somewhat less dramatic on her. I’m wearing it in this pic over a sweet tank top I made myself out of leather look spandex. I threw the corset on my dress form, and pinned all my other fabrics for the costume to it to make a little mock up of how the costume will look with the various fabrics. I am really pleased with the effect! I think this costume is going to turn out so cute!

81 My black and white striped corset is finished! ALSO. I made my dog a little black and white checked bowtie! I think I will add it to his costume. I still have to make him his little matching vest!

12 My black and white striped corset is finished!

 

Drafting a corset for a Dark Circus costume

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I’ve been drafting a corset recently – for a completely ridiculous costume idea. I’m making a dark circus themed outfit… with a matching costume for my dog. YES! I got a dog! My birthday was last month, and I’ve been wanting to get a dog for a long time. So I decided to gift myself with a sweet little Pomeranian named Sammy.

1 Drafting a corset for a Dark Circus costume This is the face of cuteness right here! He’s like a fluff ball with a face. He only weights 4.5 lbs. I wanted a dog that I can take everywhere with me, and he fits the bill! I’ve taken him to shops and restaurants, and out on a weekend camping trip. He’s been amazing! He is quiet and pretty happy to stay right by my side and not wander off. So anywhoo, I thought it would be super duper cute to make him a little matching costume with a top hat and a vest. As you can see in the sketch above, it will be adorable. I am thinking of making the vest shaped somewhat like a dog harness, with mock buttons on the front and a hidden Velcro closure. However, I haven’t started on his vest yet, because he is recovering from surgery and he isn’t feeling up to fittings. icon sad Drafting a corset for a Dark Circus costume He had to get neutered and have some baby canines removed this week, poor little guy. So instead, I’ve been working on the corset to go with my outfit. I decided that drafting a corset would be the best way to get a good fit, rather than modding a commercial pattern. I used this tutorial, which is excellent and easy to do. Here’s my first draft -

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Next I created a pattern from the draft.

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I used 1/2 inch seam allowances, and made sure to add notches, grainlines, and mark the pieces. Then I sewed up a test muslin. It needed some alterations. I took in the waist a little to make a more pronounced curve, and also took in the bust a little. I reshaped the top and bottom edges. Then I retraced a new pattern to reflect the changes, and made a new test muslin.

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The second muslin was pretty much perfect, needing only minor changes. So I corrected the pattern slightly, and there was no need to make a third test muslin. I went on ahead to sewing the final version. This corset is going to be for a costume, and although it needs to be sturdy and wear well, It doesn’t need to be incredibly strong like a waist training corset. I cut an inner layer of strong black twill, and an outer layer of striped canvas. I interfaced the canvas with fusible weft.

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After I inserted the busk, (this tutorial explains it well) I basted the front and back layers together down each seam, so they matched up evenly.

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This way the layers won’t shift around while I’m sewing the boning channels on. I decided to use outside boning channels, instead of sewing channels into the two layers and slipping the boning in between. I cut and pressed strips of the black twill, and carefully pinned and stitched them over the seam lines.

4 Drafting a corset for a Dark Circus costume The boning I’ve been using is a spring steel boning. Instead of using individual strips, I ordered a roll of it with separate boning tips. This way I can cut my own lengths to fit, and then add the tips myself. In the past, I’ve used individual strips, trimmed them to fit, and then put masking tape on the cut ends. This way is much better.

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So, I’m not done with the whole corset yet, so no pics of the finished version! Here’s a pic of the other fabrics I’ve purchased for this costume though!

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I’m really excited about it! I can’t wait to get it finished up and take cute pictures!

My chevron striped dress – McCall’s 6754

7 My chevron striped dress   McCalls 6754 Today I finished up a chevron striped dress… view D of McCall’s 6754. I made it out of some gorgeous cream and black striped swingy knit. I adore black and white stripes, it’s one of my favorite patterns. I was very excited to sew this dress pattern with the fabric, so I could do the awesome chevron look on the bodice! The fabric was kind of a pain to sew with, however. Something about it made the thread skip annoyingly no matter what. I ended up doing all the body seams with a triple stitch, just to make sure the seams won’t bust. I ended up sewing a straight medium with no adjustments – I felt like the fabric had enough stretch to make it work without an FBA. And I was right! it turned out just fine. I found the pattern instructions very easy to understand, but I made a few modifications just because that’s how I wanted to work.  I didn’t do a narrow hem for any of the hems like suggested. I did a binding for the neckline, because I felt like it would look neater and I wanted to play with making bias stripes. I also skipped hemming either the sleeves or skirt hem… my stitches were skipping so much I thought it would be messy looking. I just serged them to finish them, which is a look I like anyways. A few things about this pattern – there is a seam in the center back of the bodice and the skirt. I like the seam in the center back bodice for the purposes of making the stripes come together in a chevron shape, but if I was doing a plain or floral print fabric, I would eliminate it. Also, the center back skirt seam is completely unnecessary in my opinion. It’s just another seam to sew, and it really doesn’t have any purpose whatsoever. Also, this pattern calls for putting an elastic band inside the waist seam. When I read this, I was like PSSSHHHHHH whatever. But, it’s worth doing! It makes the dress suck into your waist neatly and really makes a nice neat silhouette. One last thing, I am not sure what is going on with the sleeves. They aren’t flutter sleeves and the seem to be very wide. I am happy with the way the look for this dress, but for the next one, I’m going to narrow them. Overall though, it’s quite a fun dress and easy to sew up!

4 My chevron striped dress   McCalls 6754 Also, it makes my boobs look huuuuge! Haha!

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This is one of those dresses I love so much that is as effortless to wear as a tee shirt! All you have to do to look put together is throw one on with a pair of cute shoes. I can’t wait to make another one!