Tuesday, January 17, 2012


So I haven't done much knitting lately, but I've done a whole lot of sewing.

It came time to post our mockups for the 1911 corset sew-along. Here's mine!

First Fitting - Back First Fitting - Side First Fitting - Front

It looks pretty good, in my opinion--I'm particularly happy that I drafted the hips pretty well on my computer program. What I didn't draft well, though, was the increase in the underbust measurement:

First Fitting - It's loose!

It was way too big, and this was bothering me--should I just take out the amount I added?  Would I really fit into an unmodified pattern for a 23 inch waist from the waist up?  If I take that away, should I add some length up top?  After all, I was kind of worried about some of the fat displacement you can see in the pictures, and it didn't seem like it would meet my underbust line very well, either.

But Jo over at Bridges on the Body suggested just taking out the extra first, before deciding on adding length.  I'm glad I did!

Second Fitting - Front

Second Fitting - Side

There are a few issues with creasing, which I believe to be just the fabric and the lack of boning.  Most importantly: there's no "spill-age"! And I may even need to take out a teensy bit from the length at the top front so it doesn't interfere with my underbust now.  I already did some of this more "cosmetic" shaping at the bottom of the corset; it won't be too hard to adjust the top, so I doubt I'll even try on my mockup again.

Now I'm ready for the next step! :)

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I fell down an internet tube when I was looking for information on people that have also made 1911 corsets. I had a similar problem with the lacing in back bunching below the boning. I was wondering if you just added longer boning.
    I added garters to mine which helps a lot but not completely.
    Every other post I found about people making this corset it sits just fine, mostly because they went with a straighter and flatter shape, not curvy like your's (and mine).
    I would love your input. Thanks!!