September 28, 2012
It's just one eyelet, but it's a start.
Or rather, it's a continuation. I'll stitch another one during lunch today, maybe even two. Well, I shouldn't get overly ambitious. For all of you out there picking up abandoned projects we'll just keep stitching together. One eyelet at a time.
September 27, 2012
I have to finish the 1650s bodice. And the 1844 corset too, but I can start on the 1650s today by tackling an eyelet a day during my lunch break.
Above is my work kit, ready to be rolled up and carried in a tote bag. There are a lot of eyelets to be sewn so I need to just sit down and start sewing. Anyone else out there sewing eyelets? How about just picking up a project that you've put down for too long?
September 19, 2012
I've wanted to share images of this corset since I first saw it in storage at the Kent State University Museum.
KSUM 1983.1.1500 Three quarter front detail
KSUM 1983.1.1500 Busk detail
The M Grochovska engraved on the busk loops is the maker's name, it's also woven on the label inside the corset. There is an image of the label and a bit more information about this corset on the museum's blog. But before you click over there let's take a closer look at the flossing.
KSUM 1983.1.1500 Three quarter detail
Wow. And the bow at the center front.
KSUM 1983.1.1500 Bow detail
Now that's a bow. There are two blue elastic suspenders to support stockings placed at the center front. They were my reference for attaching the garters on the 1911 corset I made. This corset is very shapely, but it isn't small. Laced closed on a form it measures bust 40 inches, waist 29 1/2, and hips 44.
KSUM 1983.1.1500 Three quarter front
So pretty! Don't you agree?