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A little while ago my friend [livejournal.com profile] katlaoesk approached me about making her a corset and skirt for her graduation. Today I sat down and did all of the drafting and mock-up sewing. I am going to see her over the holidays and we are going to have a fitting. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!!!

Drafting and sewing )
On a side note, I have also been thinking about corsets for myself. I still plan to re-make the 1850's corset (Out of the navy bee silk) but I also want to make a quilted 1830's corset. When I was out shopping the other day with [livejournal.com profile] akikotree I bought some silk duchess at silk moon in SF. It was "on sale" from $67 dollars, but it was still a little pricey. This fabric had haunted me since the last time I was there, so I had to buy some. I think the satin will really set off the quilting. Soooo pretty....

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A continuation of my last post, this is the (surprisingly long) dress diary of the up-cycled dress I am making for the Discarded to Divine Charity auction as part of a Special Project class I am enrolled in. All of the proceeds of the auction benefit the St Vincent De Paul Society of San Francisco.

How it works: Designers go to the Society head quarters and pick out donated garments they want to up/recycle into new clothing. Completed garments are then turned in to the juries, with most ending up in the silent auction, and a select few in a live runway show. Designers are allowed to use up to 50% new fabric to supplement the garments they pick out (although, when I was there they also had fabric that had been donated you could pick)

discarded to divine

Lots of Pictures, from sketch to 90% complete. )
And now bed, It has been a productive weekend, and I feel accomplished!
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This has been a pretty bad week (between midterms and having my computer stolen) so I decided I deserved a good break! Having gotten my sewing machine back, I put my new zipper foot to use and worked on my Civil war and regency corsets.

In an Ironic Side note, my computer got stolen right AFTER I put on the lost Decal. I guess those numbers really are CURSED...


Detail shots and more Info )
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It felt like forever, but I finally got the outer layer of my regency stays completed!!!
Related post:http://izodiea.livejournal.com/15138.html

Also posted to Corsetmakers:http://community.livejournal.com/corsetmakers/1792423.html

Detail shots and more Info )

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There are a lot of Regency events in the Bay Area, and I felt it was high time I made myself something to wear to them. I started in on making regency stays quite a while ago, but it's only been recently (Last two months or so) that My final mock-up got fit, and everything Fell into place after getting some sound advice over in the Corsetmakers community:(http://community.livejournal.com/corsetmakers/1764673.html)

The Pattern is from Period Costumes for Stage and Screen 1800-1909 by Jean Hunnisett. It is made from one Layer cotton (lining) one layer linen (Inner layer) and one layer Satin coutil as the fashion fabric. My first two mock-ups were made from duck, and the final (See the link above) from HEAVY artists canvas. Hunnisett's pattern uses plastic boning, I decided to replace this will a decorative cording pattern on the front, back, and gores of the stays. The finished stays will have a wooden busk, and some zip tie reinforcement if needed.

Some Eye Candy:
From: http://www.mfa.org/collections/search_art.asp?recview=true&id=74890&coll_keywords=&coll_accession=&coll_name=&coll_artist=&coll_place=&coll_medium=&coll_culture=&coll_classification=Costumes&coll_credit=&coll_provenance=&coll_location=&coll_has_images=1&co

Progress pics of Cording )


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