Our computer was out of commission for a little bit but now it's back on track. As is my sewing. I have a new pair of 18th century stays on the way. Since last time, patterns were cut out, a mock-up was made that fit almost perfectly, it was adjusted, pieces were all cut out and marked, and today I ironed them and have begun the sewing. I'm using the method used by koshka_the_cat
and have turned under all the seam allowances and sewn them close to the edge (but by machine instead). Now I'm whip-stitching the seams, but this is taking a while. Pushing a needle through twelve layers of fabric (three layers and their seam allowances for both pieces) is rough on the fingers. But they're looking pretty! Which is, of course, the important thing. And they're coming together super fast. They're a little on the short side, but I guess that's to be expected with stays from 1790, nearing being transitional and all. They end at the natural waist with the tabs below that. Will definitely still work for 1780s and 1790s, which is what I wanted. So, overall, so far, Sabrina - 1, Stays/Corsets - 0.
However, at the same time of enlarging this pattern, I went enlarging-happy and also did a pattern for an 1860 corset and an 1890s one. I've cut out the 1860 one and did a mock-up which is aptly named because it's mocking me. It doesn't fit so well. Although, I did not put any boning in it when I tried it on, which may have contributed. But there are some things that I think really need changing, like it was just too big. So I'm going to make some adjustments to my mock-up (luckily, I left lots of room in the seam allowances to play with) and add some boning and see how that goes. It's tough though, because I'm not entirely sure exactly how it's supposed to fit, so making adjustments is a little sketchy. And now the score is Sabrina - 1, Stays/Corsets - 1. Which isn't too bad.
The 1890s one is a little more promising, because it appears to have the perfect measurements for me, so in theory I shouldn't really have to adjust much, right? I don't know though, because I ran out of fabric to do mock-ups in. I also have no plans to make anything from that era. I mostly want to make this one because I have some pretty ideas for it and hey! it's the right size for me. But what I'm getting to is whether it'd be OK to use an 1890s corset for earlier. This one has two bust gussets and a separate hip piece, which I've seen a lot in 1860s corsets. How much change in silhouette do you think there was? Is an 1890s corset going to be alright to use for 1870s clothing? I mean, using an earlier style corset always makes sense, but a later one gets kinda questionable. Well, maybe the 1860 one will just start to behave and this will no longer be an issue. Input? Opinions?