Friday, March 9, 2012

1910 Corset: Getting to work

I visited Kinkos again yesterday and I finally got the pattern enlarged to very nearly the exact size I needed. I think all the pieces were within 1/2 an inch to 1 inch to the actual size. So I got the pattern home retraced them to keep the master copy safe and voila!

Here they are after being retraced and modified to fit my size.
 So here it is in fabric. Very straightforward and easy to sew together. I imagine the part that will take the longest will be sewing the boning channels.
 I'm a little worried that the length may be slightly off. Too long in the back and too short in the front. Also I think I might have accidentally added too much width to the pattern.So I'm going to look at my pieces and re-size them if needed. I'm waiting on my busk from Vogue Fabrics and after than I'll start the hard work.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

1910's Corset

Alright I know it's another corset but I just can seem to get past thinking that I absolutely need the correct corset for every era. I'm obsessed really.....
 Mine obviously wont be nearly as ornate as this. But If I can get close to the shape I'll be happy as a clam. I found the Festive Attye article written by Jennifer Thompson, so I now have detailed instructions and a pattern all for free. Which is really helping my pocket book.
I think I may have also gotten around all the work of enlarging patterns by hand. I took the pattern over to FedEx Kinkos and they enlarged it for me on this machine that prints it out on this enormous piece of paper. Instant pattern really. I have to go back today to get the size exactly right. I'd rather spend a few bucks and save my brain from being fried.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kensington Pre-Sale

The Kensingtons are coming!The Kensingtons are coming!

"Kensingtons" come in ruby red or coal black, and are the picture perfect shoe for re-enactors and Colonial costumers, particularly for those portraying the 1770s and 80s.  Kensies feature our custom designed Louis heel, along with a hand-stretched pointed toe, and period-correct latchets and seaming.

Please support American Duchess and get yourself a fantastic pair of historically accurate shoes.