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For those of you who are interested in the grand project....

Since Tuesday I've spent a lot of time researching, mostly with the help of the Costumer's Manifesto, this book that I found in NVCC's library, and the amazing patterns and photo gallery at Truly Victorian.

I've decided on a look from the late 1880's, during the 3rd bustle period. Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] angldst for taking me under her wing, letting me paw through her patterns, and pick her brain on the subject. I feel like I have a much better grasp on what I need to do.

Take a look at the patterns I'm using, they're all from Truly Victorian. I am, of course, making some alterations, mostly to the bodice. The sleeves will be shorter and cuffed, I'm adding a small white ruffle along the top of the collar (as if there were a blouse underneath), and adding little tips to the bottom so that it looks more like the "vest" is a separate piece. I still don't know what I'm doing for fabric or embellishment, which I need to start thinking about soon. I'll eventually need an overbust corset for this thing, but I don't think I'm going to attempt that for Dragoncon. That can wait.

I started work on the bustle yesterday afternoon. Just looking at the pattern I had no clue how the thing was going to work, but it's come together nicely. It's all huge rectangles with lots of extra pieces for ruffles. Patterns that say, "now cut 13 of piece G"...boggle. o_O And I expected to use something like 4 or 5 yards of fabric on a bustle, but this was 7.5 yards! Wow. Anyway, I've got the structural part done, with the exception of the steel boning that's in the mail from the land Inter-net. I tossed in some plastic boning I keep lying around for corset mock-ups, and sure enough, it's a bustle! Yay, I have a huge butt now! Next I need to add the ruffle overlay (it serves as a petticoat to soften the lines of the boning). The hem can wait until I have shoes to wear this monstrosity with.

I am very glad for the 9 yards of white muslin that I just happened to have from my last muslin-buying spree, though I don't think I've ever made anything for myself to wear in white before! Very odd. I'm going to hit Jo-Anne's next weekend for an $.80/yard muslin sale and get a huge amount of it. It gets to be interlining for the rest of the pieces and a bodice mock-up. I've decided that I really don't need to do mock-ups of the skirts first...I just don't think there are that many things I can do wrong with them. The bodice, however, will probably be challenging.

Pics of the bustle so far are here. The ties holding the ends of the bones together are adjustable, so I think I may tie it wider at the bottom, but I can't really see how it will look until I've got a skirt or 3 over it, so we'll worry about that then.

Date: 2005-06-26 08:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thetuan.livejournal.com
two of the ladies who will be at dragoncon run a small corseting business...http://www.blueswancorsets.com/

Date: 2005-06-27 05:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fireandearth
I have so much fun making corsets though...I'd hate to miss the chance to try an overbust for myself.

Why yes, I am a masochist, why do you ask?

Date: 2005-06-27 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thetuan.livejournal.com
I wasnt suggesting them as a source, but as someone you could rant(or rave) about busks and bone casings...

Date: 2005-06-27 06:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fireandearth
I hear there are going to be a couple of classes on corsetry there this year...I think I'm past them, but I'll probably show up just to make sure. ^_^

Date: 2005-06-26 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angldst.livejournal.com
W00t!

Looking good thus far! Feel free to pick brain as needed. You're coming by on monday, right?

*hugs*

-d

Date: 2005-06-27 05:32 am (UTC)
fireandearth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] fireandearth
Yep, and looking forward to it. I'll see you later!

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