Thursday, December 16, 2010

Marguarite's 17th c Corset / Bodies Complete

I couldn't be more please with how these came out! As soon as I am finished with Marguarite's Smock, I will post a picture of her wearing them. Until then, I think you will enjoy these. Finished, her bodies measure 6.5" across the shoulder, and 12" at center front from bust to busk point
I used the last of my matching hand dyed silk ribbon for the points, and since I don't have miniature metal aglets, I made my own

Each ribbon point is wrapped in copper wire, and then dipped several times in beeswax....and yes... bees wax from our own bees :)

I used a precious scrap of handspun tow to tie the shoulder straps together in a permanent knot

The tabbed skirts flare out quite gracefully

back view

Back is laced with a single ribbon in the proper 17th c fashion. All in all, I had an absolutely fun and wonderful time stitching these, and of coarse, I kept track of every minute, writing down the time I started stitching in my journal, and again when I finished to get up for anything.... for a total stitching time of 64 hours, 1 minute.


Barbara said...

That came out soooooooooooooo pretty! I can't wait to see it on yur dolly!!
LY, Mom

Pam said...

It turned out just stunning, Rachael! Love seeing it.....would HATE to wear it!!

Rachael Kinnison said...

Thanks Mom~ and Pam! REALLY~ you would NOT mind wearing this, they are "quite" comfortable.... 17th c corsets were an optical illusion, they really dont suck in the waist at all, save for perhaps an inch. The hip rolls combined with the deep front point, give the illusion of a tiny waist. Shall I make you up one??? hehe xoxoxo rachael

Barbara said...

Ha! Ha! Don't think anything could help my "figure". If I tried to wear one of these things I'd look like "Peach" in Lonesome Dove! Ha!
LY, Mom
PS, If you haven't hips "roll" enough without any help! Ha! Ha!

Joan said...

I have enjoyed my visit to your blog and look forward to visiting it again in the near future.
Your work is truly amazing.
Warmest regards,

The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh my,,,this is...HIGH GENIUS...well done!