Anyway, I woke up this morning thinking "I want to make something." And what else to do on a crafty Sunday afternoon than embroider a corset?
I was going to use a Drosophila (fly, for all you non-biologists) wing as inspiration, because the veins have this cool pattern. I thought I could even use the boning channels as guides, or something.
|Biology is beautiful! But it doesn't look much like a corset. Imagine it rotated ninety degrees. It still doesn't look much like a corset. Well, I'd figure something out.|
|Isn't that just amazing?|
Aim for the moon, right? When I miss, I'll end up in the stars.
To start, I used the same old pattern (Laughing Moon #100: Ladies' Victorian Underwear) without any alterations. So, trace and cut out:
|I can has pattern pieces!|
|It's half pattern, half sketch! Turns out I can almost draw squiggles when I'm using a pencil!|
|Close-up. You can totally tell that there are brown lines and black lines, right? No? Well.|
|Or maybe just tasty.|
|I think I shall make a bustle with the rest. One can never have too many bustles.|
|In the background; my patio. It is full of green things. In the foreground, something to trace?|
|My hands hurt already and there's still one layer of coutil to go.|
Which I guess is what you want, when you're making a corset.
Anyway, I knew I was going to be handling these pieces like mad, so after I lined them (read: sewed them together) I finished the edges. Because fraying does not make a good corset, I don't think.
|You can see my markings! Those are for embroidery!|
|It's just juice. I swear! Although drunken embroidery would probably be more fun?|
|What's this? More floss on the table than on the fabric? That's right!|
But! Eventually it got better! And I only used, like, 36 inches of embroidery floss to get from the image above to this one:
|Gentle... gentle... gennnntle..... SHIT!|
(EDITED to add the inspiration picture. Also to note that I am totally getting better at this embroidery thing! I can go 18 inches without breaking the floss. That means I have graduated to barely competent!)