Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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V359: "Green Acres" Bustle - Progressing on the Bodice

I haven't been sewing consistently, but I have made more progress on the bodice for this giant green bustle dress.
It's beginning to look like the end - needs finishing on the bottom edge, sleeves, a whole boat load of trims, and some interior structures...
Last time, I had pinned the darts and side seams in place.  I set about stitching them, then re-stitching them, and then stitching them yet again!  All this to keep taking in the waist, after realizing that my dress form was not corseted enough.

I was pleased to see the silhouette looking more correct after tightening the waist considerably, but I am a little nervous now, too, because I have not added the boning in yet, and that will make the bodice "shrink" overall.  It is currently fitted to about 26 inches, which is my corset training goal, so with the boning...how much will it shrink?

There is an apron that will go with this eventually, but for the upcoming ball, I will be wearing just the bodice and skirt.
In these photos, one sleeve is without trimming, and just pinned on.  The neckline edge is finished, but lacking in the gobs of trimmings that will fill the neckline.  the whole bodice is not so very far from complete, though - good, because my deadline is February 2nd!
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10 comments:

  1. WOW!!!!!
    As for how much room the boning will take up, that depends. Cable ties will take up quite a bit of room, while white steel flats will take up the least. A thin but tightly woven fabric for the bone casings will help too.

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    1. Good advice! The fabric + mounting fabric is quite stiff. I was thinking some light boning, but I don't have time to order steels...maybe 1/4" zipties, but perhaps to be replaced later...

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  2. It sounds like you have some work to do! I love the progress so far--it's really coming together. I can't wait to see the end result!

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    1. That I do! The ball is closer than I realize...back to work!

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  3. All those ruffly trims on the skirt, oh its heaven.

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  4. The skirt looks so huge and ruffly and gorgeous!

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  6. I might be being a bit dumb but how does adding boning to the bodice make it shrink? And how do you attach the boning to the seams and darts?

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