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The Ramblings of a Seamstress, Gardener, Chicken Keeper, and Housewife

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What I've Been Working On...

So, remember how I was lamenting the fact that my sewing mojo had mysteriously disappeared?  Well last week it mysteriously reappeared.  Here are some pics to prove it!

This corset pattern is one I got by attending a class taught by Electra Designs a couple years ago.  I've found it makes the most comfortable corset I've ever worn, and I want my bride to be comfortable on her special day.  It's silk dupioni with a few panels of interfaced poly brocade for the outer, an English coutil strength layer, and a cute cotton lining.  The top and bottom edges are machine bound with bias silk dupioni (sorry to any corset purists who might be reading this...machine binding is much faster for me than hand binding!)  It's got an underbusk because I wasn't happy with how flexible the busk felt.  Each seam is double boned with 1/4" spiral, and the back has one 1/2" flat and one 1/4" flat per side to reinforce the grommets.  There's a modesty panel that's boned with 1/4" flats and laces in for no slip/no crumple/no worries.  Right now it's laced with round polyester cord, but I plan to make double faced satin ribbon laces so she has options.  The bride wanted a little bust assistance, so I created pockets to hold those gel 'chicken patties.'

Right now I'm working on mocking up the bodice for her dress.  I'd planned to have that done by the end of today, but I spent all day Sunday in bed with a killer migraine and upset stomach.  I'll most likely send her corset out tomorrow and the mockup Thursday or Friday at this rate.  Progress is progress, and I'm happy to be making some finally!

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That looks pretty! Great job :D And LOL "Chicken patties" -- I've never heard that one before. Ha!

Sorry to hear you were sick. I hope you're all better now!

Thanks! I'm feeling much better now. Hopefully that filled the quota for down-and-out days for the next little while!

'Chicken patties' does sound really funny, but I think it's a great moniker! The pair I included for her happens to be clear, but when they first started making them they were a generic pinkish beige tone very similar to uncooked chicken. Hrm, typing that out actually makes them seem kinda gross, but I can personally vouch for their effectiveness!


Love the chicken patty pockets. Is the "assistance" meant to add bust volume, or just provide more lift?

A little bit of both, actually. She's long waisted with broad shoulders and hips, so it'll help everything look more proportionate, even in her more conservative ceremony bodice. Her reception bodice shows a little more of her decollete, so the lift will help too.

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