and follow up workshops

So, I think the bodice making workshop was too much to understand in one go. I want to do a really good dedicated follow up, I’m just having trouble figuring out a start point. I may need to do a quick and dirty corset workshop (using the gored pattern I used for my Marie Antoinette dress as it is super adaptable for all sizes and proportions.

But I will have to impart the understanding that a corset is a foundation garment. It is going to change your shape so that the outer garment can be fitted over like a glove. But it doesn’t mean restricting breathing or anything, it’s about creating a solid shape. Uplift is part of it sure, but there can be room for adjusting for comfort.

But yeah, the basic double dart bodice needs that solid shape. And if someone is not willing to wear a corset or something to support the shape then it’s not going to really work. Not unless there is a perfect mannequin already in that shape so that the lining and shell and boning can be put in place and only a little fitting needs to be done.

So as well as the Marie Antoinette stays I’ve got ready for boning and tidying, I can create a basic stays pattern from that. Or diagrams anyway.

So there may be some time spent at Canty Faire on writing up a good proposal.

I need a corset

Well I need a very specific corset.  If you look through most corset diagrams in magazines at the time, you’ll notice a trend for corsets that constantly curve through the back and waist and hips, front and back.

http://www.arrayedindreams.com/antique-fashion/der-bazar-1857-1898/patterns-from-der-bazar-corsets-1870s/

But Ithese really are designed for a fashionable shape which includes displacing fleah from the waist and pushing it up and dowm to fill in the upper and lower curves of the corset.

I simply am not shaped like that. I did have best luck when I was experimenting with stays with either using the front length measure and scaling to that, but there was too much roo at the upper back that just never did sit right.

So I tried a gusseted style and loved it.

IThere is not a lot of reduction is just basically acts to hold my shape exactly so. It works to prevent the gowns I wear over it from squishing me. The gussets are self supporting. I am doing a post immediately after this for the Rock the Frock series of a corset i think is going to answer all my needs, and be historic 😉