So here it is, all flossed and looking pretty.
Here are some close ups of the flossing details. This was my first attempt, and I have to admit that I was inspired by these images from demeasuringtape's livejournal page.
|bottom edge flossing design|
|close up of the front, where several bones meet close together.|
|top of the half length bones that run up the hip|
|obsessive woven flossing for the bones around the laces|
These areas will see extra wear, so I'm hoping that weaving the flossing will reinforce it.
|top edge flossing. I tried very hard to keep these consistent, but is was a struggle, as not all the bones went down at the same angle.|
Just for fun, here is an estimate of the time spent on this project:
|one Craft Day in 2009 |
for initial pattern adjustments
unboned fitting & pattern adjustments
cut new muslin
partially boned fitting
cut & construct new muslin
fully boned fitting
final pattern adjustments
cut and sew seams for 2 layers of coutil
constructing final corset
sewing boning channels
cutting & inserting boning
hand sewing edge trim
complete trimming & start flossing experiments
experiment with flossing
setting last two grommets
|total time||62.5 hours|
The estimated time from Farthingales Corsets was 8 hours for construction time only. I came pretty close to that estimate if you look at the time spent to sew the final version, set the grommets, cut and place the bones, and machine sew the edge binding, but it's the rest of the process that is so time consuming. However, that's really why I sew... it's cheap entertainment, if you consider the hours I spend on it.
Would I recommend this pattern?
Absolutely. The Silverado is a great pattern if you need extra bust support. As someone with a large different between the underbust and full bust measurements, this pattern makes it easy to accomodate with out fussing endlessly with princess seams. However, it's a tedious and complicated project. Do this one when you need a truly tailored corset, you have the time, and there's no off-the-rack version that will do. Bring your sewing skills to this project, go slow, make lots of muslins, and the pattern really does reward you.