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From: blackie
Date: 08-06-2007, 08:53 PM (1 of 2)
Not only will this be a skimpy entry, it will be my last corset entry for a while. I am taking time off of it until my 201 is out of the shop - no earlier than this Friday, if I'm lucky. I will also be ordering my dye for my lace. Thanks to those who responded in my last post, especially Jan.

Today's entry is about hand-basting.

To recap, the finished corset is two pieces composed of five panels each. The pieces will be laced together (in the back) and fastened in the front with a busk. Once you have done two fittings and are happy with the fit you sew the panels together and clip seams (which I did in my last entry ( On each corset piece you then sew the lining together (with the same alterations), turn right-side out, and hand-baste the lining to the shell at the seams. After you do this you will be stitching boning channels.

Below is my hand-basting, with boning channels marked in 1/4" tape (not the greatest method, I'm discovering. Not sure what I'll do differently next time though).

Basting Stitches

This was the first time I'd ever used a thimble. The thimble is put on a finger of the sewing hand to help drive the needle through the thick outer layer of the shell. Also, this is one case where hand-basting is needed. You can't skip it, nor can you take a shortcut and do it by machine.

While basting these eight seams I watched an old movie - My Man Godfrey ( Handsewing isn't nearly as much of a chore with a movie to watch. Sadly, when I was finished basting the movie had a few minutes left. I turned it off and tried to machine stitch the seam boning channels. Ugh! My Spartan isn't doing the trick. This is when I gave up hope of using any substitute for my 201 and I'm just going to WAIT.

I am definitely starting to pine for a new machine.
see the mundane life of a housewife.
User: blackie
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 594
From: MartySews2
Date: 08-07-2007, 03:02 PM (2 of 2)
Good job, Kelly. I read your blog daily to follow the progress of this interesting project.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
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