The Sunday breakfast at Costume College has a Regency theme this year, and my only Regency piece was a ballgown. So, something new had to be made. And with the ballgown I wore a pair of wholly inadequate short stays, so new stays were on the docket. And a new chemise. And perhaps a day cap. Ok, so I was building an entirely new outfit from scratch. My sanity is clearly in question. Here, have some ridiculous fitting pics to giggle at. The chemise is straightforward, and the cap is exactly as ridiculous as I intended. Once I get a nice, clear photo of it, I'll put it up on the Historical Sew Fortnightly group for the Accessories challenge.
Collapsing bust cups. Not groovy, yo. I went back and put some corded channels over the bust to give a bit of added shape, then put in an additional boning channel. Not extending over the hips made the stays super comfortable and way easier to fit. Back looks good, except for the boning is too long going into the straps. I either need shorter boning, or I need to learn to hold my shoulders back, because when I pull them back, it looks fine. An extra snug bodice on the dress might aid me in that respect, but I might try to shorten the bones, anyway.
Anywho, so of course, my brain decides to take a little detour on a a quick-and-easy side project that: fit an immediate need, used up a bit of stash and was started and a finished in a matter of hours, making me feel like I'm at least accomplishing something. While trying to figure out what boning lengths I had and what I needed to order, my frustration level with my current mode of storage for corseting bits reach critical mass.
|Seemed like a good idea at the time, but hella hard to dig out the lengths I'm looking for.|
The concept came from the ideas for rolled up storage of knitting needles and crochet hooks that I've come across over time. There are no pictures of the pieces, but it's pretty straight forward. Cut two rectangles of the cotton canvas left over from the stays project; wide enough for one inch per number of differing lengths of boning I'm likely to have on hand and tall enough to accommodate my longest bones, plus a few inches for seams and wiggle room. Lay the two pieces on top of each other. For the top piece, cut it in half at an angle, on a line drawn between marks 2 inches shorter than the shortest and longest bones.
|Leave the threads on the back of the project in place to prevent unraveling.|
|Sewing across the bottom of the channels, within the 1/2" seam allowance of the binding.|
|Lay the two layers of cotton on top of a fashionable outer fabric and sew|
together with binding around all four sides
|Add a ribbon to one edge for securely tying the rolled case.|
|And the genius moment, use up the leftover bits of bias tape by making a loop for hanging and...|
Viola! Store hanging up to keep boning from sliding out and free up space in the drawer.
You like that striped yellow cotton? Me too. I picked it up from the Scrap Swap at Figments & Filaments this year. The other 5 3/4 yards of it is getting made into the Regency day dress that goes with the foundations pictured above. I like how the projects pair up like that. Makes me smile.