crossposted from livejournal
I just joined
Foundations Revealed because I'm planning to move ahead on  the new Victorian corset. I think I'm going to make "1898 Charles Bayer" corset featured this month.  I was looking for a corset with bust & hip gores, and I like the shape of this one, plus Jema explains how to put it together, so I think it's a good plan.

I won't be making a single layer, however, as I wanted something pretty AND I have coutil, so I'm just using the pattern pieces for this corset, also not doing any of the fancy interlocking seams.  I need boning so I need to put my mock-up together and figure
out what sizes I need. I was trying to find a roll of spring steel
online, but am having a hard time. Farthigales CA seems have some, but the shipping is so expensive along with the other supplies I need/want I can't justify buying the 10 meter roll they have. Do you have any suggestions of other places I can buy a roll of spring steel in the US?  (Edited to add: Thanks to Undycat's suggestion, I have found that Corsetmaking.com does sell rolls of boning!! There's just no picture, so I skipped over it :))
 
It's not a big deal, I just figured I'll make the mock-up and order
pre-cut/dipped bones (along with a few extra) after I know what lengths I need. It will probably be less expensive that way, the biggest bummer is having to wait for it to get here. But after I get the corset mock-up made, I have other things I can work on while waiting for my steel to come in.

For example...petticoats! The Northstar VSA was invited to Christmas at the Courthouse in Stillwater again this year, and we went yesterday. Brad and I have made it to this event ever since we've been together. Last year we did a bit of Christmas shopping there and thought it would be fun if we could make it out again, so we did. Mostly, we bought stuff for ourselves...it 
was just that kind of year at the craftshow, I guess. There were mittens made of repurposed sweaters, and since I heard last year that mittens are  the best way to keep your hands warm in the winter (go figure, I hear this for the first time after I've been here for 8 years) and since I don't have any mittens AND because they were only $15/pair, I bought myself a striped blue pair. Very cute! 

I also bought a silver & mother of pearl necklace pendant made from a vintage jewelry mold. I've seen the seller before, but either didn't have the money to buy anything or couldn't justify it...but I regretted not buying last time, so I bought a couple things this time...the pendant, and a gift for a friend.

There was also a new vendor, artisan pasta...by the time we got there there wasn't much selection left, but we picked up Asian noodles, ChiliChili noodles, and regular angel hair. The noodles are seasoned and smell fantastic! Can't wait to try them. Another new vendor had handmade items like cookie presses, cookie cutters, wooden spoons, and some iron items that were very lovely. They reminded me of Amish made items, though I don't think they were. We bought the Mother-in-Law & ourselves a
hand-carved wooden cookie press. MIL seems to like old, handmade items (she collects Red Wing pottery, etc) so I hope she likes the press. It was a pretty penny. 

But back to petticoats...Sarah, the NSVSA President showed up in a lovely black/silver stripe Victorian with brown & burgundy accents and some patterns I'd asked to borrow. In talking with her about her new dress and my own, she asked if I had the petticoat pattern and/or had made my petticoats yet. 

&%$#@! NO! I haven't! 

She said she thought early 70's would be better with petticoats, and since it doesn't seem they'll take very long to make, she is probably right. She told me she usually makes a double petticoat on one waistband, and I thought that was a pretty clever thing so I'll probably do the same. This is also a good thing because I have a very limited amount of dress fabric and I'll have a better idea of how much fabric my skirt will use if I use the same skirt pattern for the petticoats...then I'll be able to adjust my ideas for trims for my new outfit. 

Brad and I ran some errands today, one being finding cotton for my pettis...I found a nicely woven Kona muslin at Joann's and had a coupon, I got 9ish yards of 90 inch white muslin and around $22 off! I think I'll end up with alot of leftovers fabric after the pettis, but I've been meaning to make a pair of drawers for a while and some other things. 

So, there are undergarments in my future...and I need to get started since I've sorta given myself a deadline. Actually, I'll probably forget the deadline because I'm too excited about this project to give myself  ultimatums, but that means I should be sewing instead of typing... 

Gotta Run!



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