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!!