Greetings lovely readers! How have you been since I last wrote? I hope very, very well! I am still struggling with getting my anxiety and stress under control, but it is getting better. I decided this past week that instead of lying in bed and binge watching Netflix and Hulu, I would make myself arise and sew, do laundry, clean the house and get out in the sun when it shines. Even if I don't feel like it, I need to get on with life until the normal, happy me comes back! I know she will, she always does.
I finished my 1910s Wearing History corset cover yesterday and decided to go ahead and do a photo shoot with that and the Wearing History 1917 combination underwear and chemise pattern on Emma Mark II. I will wait until the petticoat is done and then do a photo shoot with the underwear on me.
The inspiration for both the envelope chemise and corset cover came from This Image from witness2fashion (second model from the left). I loved the tucks at the top of the chemise and since I didn't have any beading lace that was antique, I needed a way to pull together the top of both the chemise and corset cover. I am really liking the tucks quite a bit and won't have to worry about old lace giving way when being pulled by ribbon!
I used a batiste fabric from Hobby Lobby and got quite irked when after washing in hot water and drying on high, the fabric still shrank under my high heat iron. Might have something to do with the fact that it does contain polyester, but still...
Ok, the underwear!!
Pretty antique lace that was part of a damaged, small petticoat flounce. It took me about 6 hours to unpick all the small stitches....
The back of the chemise even has the tucks to draw up the neckline.
With Pretty Yellow Corset!
This is where my frustration really came into being. The shrinkage of the fabric caused the corset cover to become at least 1.5" shorter. I ended up making a rather wide waistband, but since one of my extant corset covers has a wide waistband, I'm not too stressed.
I added small darts in the lace as it is a straight lace and stuck straight up when worn. Hahahahah! I looked like I was wearing a ruff!
Pretty lace at on the waistband.
I need to get to Hobby Lobby some time this week and get more incredible shrinking fabric and start on the petticoat. Then on to the Brown Party Dress!!
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!!
They turned out so cute! Done is my favorite word! ❤️ReplyDelete
Thank you so much and yes! Done is a fabulous word!Delete
And this reminds me that I need to get my Wearing History chemise and corset cover done too. Your's are so pretty.ReplyDelete
Thank you Val! Yes! Get crackin' on yours! ;-)Delete
Wow, working on the same corset cover right now (love yours). Petticoat from Truly Victorian, chemise is Wearing History also, corset same pattern too, can't wait to work on dress/or skirt&blouse to wear with these.ReplyDelete
Oh how fun! I hope you get to your dress in a timely manner so you can wear all the lovely things!Delete
so pretty- I made the same combinations from an old sheet, and two silk/cotton versions of the corset cover. They are lovely patterns. I LOVE your yellow corset, it's quite gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! The corset makes me pretty happy! I love sheets for things like this! Someday I may get to using silk for my underthings...We'll see!Delete
Lovely as ever! Glad to hear that you're on the mend.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much BT! Yes, it is good to be better!Delete
Ohh, The chemise is absolutely beautiful. And so are the corset and corset cover! Amazing work as always, Gina!ReplyDelete
Thank you so very much Nessa! It is good to be sewing again!Delete