Saturday, October 18, 2008

All tied up





It is finished. The corset is done, and I couldn't be happier. My fingers are tired and exhausted and a little bloody and bruised, but it is done.



It took several days to do the handwork on the corset.






I had to finish the eyelet holes in silk buttonhole twist (which was from a stash of vintage sewing goods and was about 120 years old.






Then I had to pin in the lining, and start binding the thing at the top and bottom edges. I had originally planned to use leather for the binding, but couldn't get the needle to get through, so I fell back on cotton.




It took me four days of hand sewing and pinning to get the bindings all done. I thought that it would never be finished. But it is, and I tried it on for the first time tonight, without lacing in too tightly for fear that a bone might snap. But I was lucky, and they all seemed to hold. I laced in over my chemise, and I was pleased that the look was very authentic. It was stiffer than any other corset I had worn, and I could definitely feel the "cone" shape that it was wanting to push my body into. It also seemed to push my shoulders and upper back forwards, which was something that I was not expecting.















8 comments:

ChickenBetty said...

OMG!
you are awesome.
thats incredible

Kate said...

I wish I could have seen this yesterday! This looks AMAZING.

Contrariwise said...

Wow, that is just amazing! Great, great job.

kneek said...

What a gorgeous piece! It looks fantastic. Give yourself a standing ovation!

Dylan's mom said...

MS - that is absolutely stunning and kinky in the same breathe!

kitty said...

wow! this is amazing work! How much did all of the materials cost you?

MSN said...

Kitty, all told it wasn't that expensive. I think I paid 20 dollars for the pattern, and then I had a couple yards of each of the fabrics in it. So that was probably another 20 dollars, since they were basic cotton stocks. The trim was another 10, then the boning, which I already had I got by the pound..so it was mad cheap. The silk thread I used for the eyelets and trim was all vintage and I had it in my stash from way back, so I don't include it in my costs. Needless to say, the major cost was in time :) It was custom, and much less than I would have paid to have such a thing made for me.

Nu said...

wow! thats so impressive!! well done you!