31 December 2013

1911 corset


It is almost 2014 and with it there will be a lot of 100-year anniversaries of the Great War (1914-1918). With my re-enactmentgroup we will portray the upper class from Huis Doorn and on other events in Belgium I will portray a British nurse. I had absolutely no period appropriate clothing, so I needed to make and fast, because there was an WW1 event coming up. The first thing I needed was a corset. In 1914 they still wore corsets, but it wasn't so much as to create a small waist, but to keep the hips smooth/small. The main focus of corsets after 1910's is the hips. The breast are not supported (only by chemise and corset cover). You can imagine that was someting of a problem for the big busted ladies, so that's when the breast supporters were getting popular.
Back to the corset. I had some lovely sturdy jeans and boning, perfect for a new corset. I made the pattern by using the 1911 corset sew-along from Bridges on the Body as a guide. I was really helpful! The pattern making wasn't a problem, but I didn't make a muslin/toile. You really should not skip that step! It helps you find the problems in the pattern, but sometimes I'm a bit lazy so I skip this step. And as you can see... the corset is a bit small below the breasts. And perhaps a bit too wide on the bottom. With wearing I noticed I needed to place the garters further to the center back, because now it tends to stick out a bit instead of following the round of my bottom. Which can look weird with a skirt on... I think I will put some sturdy hooks and eyes on the front, below the busk. Perhaps that will stop the gaping.
almost finished
pattern in progress
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26 December 2013

My Miette


sitting on the edge of a roman bath
 
After seeing so much lovely Miette's I wanted to make one as well! It is an wrapskirt (no zippers, so very easy to sew) and with optional pockets. I love pockets on skirts!! There's no lining involved, so all in all this would mean the skirt could be done in one evening of sewing (with no distractions and a boyfriend who will cook your meal...).

The pattern is available here and I love how easy it is to pay and download the pattern. After downloading you need to print and put it together. Nothing new for me, after all the practise I had with Burdastyle patterns ;-)

Besides the reason that I liked the pattern and wanted to try it, I wanted to sew a new versatile skirt to take with me on vacation. You know how it is: you stand in front of the closet and got nothing to wear... especially on a vacation where you don't know if the weather is nice, what kind of activities you're doing or if it looks good with the hikingboots... Well, that made me want to sew something new for my vacation in Italy. And I decided do this right two days before our departure, oh dear... But I did it, the Miette was finished just in time!

And of course I asked my boyfriend to take some pictures of the Miette while we were in Ostia Antica. If you are ever in Rome, you should go there! It's the old harbour city of Rome and the Roman ruins are much better preserved than in Rome. And it's much quieter! I loved it there, it really gave me a feel of how the Romans lived.


I'm wearing it with a blouse made from the Gertie book.
 
I made it out of jeans, with a medium thickness and a teeny bit of stretch. The only problem with jeans is that it will make the waist-tie very thick. So make sure you have a very thin jeans. I made no lining in the skirt, but if I want to wear it in winter (with tights), I will need to wear a slip so the skirt won't ride up.

The only thing with wrapskirts is that you will need to make extra checks after using the bathroom to see if the backflaps are in the right place ;-)




 The perfect holiday feeling?
Wearing selfmade clothes whilst knitting and enjoying the Tuscan scenery!

  
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