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From: blackie
Date: 07-01-2007, 12:13 AM (1 of 4)
I just started today on the Dore corset from Laughing Moon ( Why am I going to attempt to make a corset? This is mostly because I love sewing Halloween costumes and due to cash flow I have to start early (as I still have to buy yards and yards of fabric for the chemise, skirt, etc. etc...). Also, I want to sew something fun for myself and this looks very fun.

First, I watched the entire video from LM (on DVD) re: making a Victorian corset. If I didn't even attempt the corset I would be SO thrilled to have seen that video! Joann took something that seemed intimidating (busks? bones? grommets? bust gores? lacing? trim? yikes!) and walked through it and I only feel a tiny bit of panic at the thought of attempting it myself.

After I finish the corset I will have to make a chemise, drawers, and long skirt. My costume was inspired by this photo of Trixie from "Deadwood", an HBO show I happen to love:

Um, first off, I will not be showing so much cleavage as I am making a chemise to go over the top of the girls. And yes I realize she is wearing a waist-cincher, not a true Victorian corset. I have a very different figure than Trixie there, too. But the stripes and the well-worn underwear look of the corset - whee! One thing I love is to age fabric.

I am so excited about this project but also quite nervous about making a corset... it involves a lot of new processes and some strange equipment.

If anyone can get their hands on the Laughing Moon corset-making DVD it is well-worth it. JoAnn seems to be a fun sewing mentor and certainly gives good corset-making directions!
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User: blackie
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 594
From: weezyrider
Date: 07-01-2007, 09:39 AM (2 of 4)
Don't know about the corset, but did buy a man's Victorian dress shirt from Laughing Moon. Sewed up very nicely, I made all 3 views. Did have to fudge the felled seams manually, and hand roll the hem as the curve was too steep to machine sitch it.
User: weezyrider
Member since: 08-19-2003
Total posts: 218
From: AndreaSews
Date: 07-01-2007, 11:30 AM (3 of 4)
This is the first I've heard of Laughing Moon. I love the fashions. What a fun project. Stop freaking out and fire up that machine!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: Magot
Date: 07-01-2007, 11:35 AM (4 of 4)
You'll manage Kelly - your skills are greater than you think - you just have to go slowly and do it a little bit at a time. Corsets is fun - the one comment my daughter made about the one I made her was that it was too long in the body and therefore very uncomfortable to wear (untill I took it ALL apart, cut the bones, re sewed the whole dang thing together again. sheesh.)

A well made corset (that is , well fitted) should feel supportive and comfortable and support your back as well as your bust. That, and you can get to play with it after halloween with Ralph:bolt:
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
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