Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Custom Corset

Got happy reviews from the recipient of this underbust corset. I was very pleased with how it turned out. The front and back panels are a gorgeous brocade with Fleur dis Lis's (I am never sure if I have spelled that right) and the side panels are gold silk. All the trimming is a royal blue velvet ribbon. It was painful giving it away when all was said and done...*sigh*

I only wish I had had blue lacings on hand...I hate the black laces in the picture.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fabric Found!!!

I haven’t posted an update in a while, so here goes:

Test corset is still unfinished, but will hopefully be done by Christmas.

Week before Thanksgiving I had surgery on my right foot, so the sewing pedal is still a little painful to use, but it is getting better. During my recoup time at home a local fabric store went out of business. Their specialty was high end decorator fabrics, and of course I just had to go. So I hobbled on my crutches, dear friend drove me, and WOW was it worth it. On my way into the store a beautiful silk shantung caught my eye. It is light ivory and thick and soft and incredible!!! The regular price on the fabric was 120 a yard. The store closing price was 25.00 a yard, and then because I happened to be there the day before the final day, they only charged me 20% of that price. BUT because I bought the last on the bolt, I got an additional 25% off!!! So the silk for the over skirt was bought, 6 yards of it, for less than…drum roll please…fifteen dollars!!!

Over the last two weeks I have been TRYING to organize my sewing/craft room, to make way for a home office. So I have pulled all of my bins of fabric and reorganized and got all of it onto shelves so I can see what I own. Well, it just so happened that I found a beautiful piece of ivory brocade. It matches the skirt material perfectly, and there should be just enough for the bodice of the dress! YAY for using what you got!!!

Now to just make a final decision on the underskirts…