Sewliloquies is here! I plan to blog about my sewing adventures, create video instruction and share my sewn garments with the world. I enjoy sewing, and I have been fortunate enough to learn this craft. Once, a long time ago, I even planned to go to fashion design school. It didn’t happen, but my passion for sewing garments never faded.
I remember, way back in high school, I took a Sewing class. It was basic skills, and I became bored because I already knew how to do most of what the well intentioned teacher was showing the class. I made a dress for my mother. I made my prom dress. But what I remember most about that class was the fabric burn test. I am developing the first episode of the Sewliloquies video series, and that burn test is going to be part of it! My hope is that I don’t bore anyone with excessive basic skills.
One of my latest projects was my wedding dress. I married Oliver in June and made my two piece dress. The full, layered skirt was fairly easy. The hardest part was the corset. I’ve made a few corsets before to wear to renaissance fairs, but this one was a real challenge. Corsets, real corsets, use a busk and metal boning. Corsets also have two (or more) layers, with the foundation layer being made of coutil fabric. It is cotton based heavyweight lining designed for stability. The outside of my corset is satin.
I used Laughing Moon’s Dore corset pattern. This corset is made of panels, and it must be fit perfectly! There are tiny adjustments to the pattern that result in affecting the fit, so the best thing is to make a mock up first. I may try to do a corset tutorial eventually, but corset sewing is really intermediate or advanced. If/when I do, it will be a real corset, and not what many consider a corset. Authentic corsets have boning, a busk, and quality grommets. It is not some fabric laced up in the back. I have high expectations for quality, and I want this to show in what I produce.
My goal is to provide usable information and create quality garments. From choosing or making a pattern, to finding the perfect fabric, to cutting and marking, sewing and construction to pressing and finishing, the entire process should be an experience, with patience resulting in a great finished product!