The ‘Serendipity’ underbust corset
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: .5 metre of red & white spotted cotton (inherited from Nana), .5 metre of linen interlining (thrifted for $1), .5 meter white lining (from stash).
Pattern: Mine own
Notions: One steel busk (free) , plastic whalebone boning ($10), self-made piping, bias binding rescued off another item, corset lacing ($4).
And the insides? Picture perfect inside and out.
Hours: 5 (plus hundreds developing the pattern, but those don’t count, right?)
First worn?: Monday 17 Sep for the photoshoot
Wear again?: Not sure. It’s kinda cutesy for me.
Make again?: Yes, I make (and teach) this pattern all the time
Total cost: $15
Five challenges ago I was sewing like mad, desperately trying to get everything made the four challenges I would miss while I was visiting my parents in Hawaii, where I wouldn’t much in the way of sewing accoutrements or internet access.
Other than being frantically busy, I had one massive problem: Mena hadn’t put the challenges past Gatsby up before I left, and I would get back Friday the 14th Sept, with the next, unknown, challenge due on Sunday night. Not a lot of time to sew, especially since I would kinda need to spend time with Mr D too!
So I took a deep breath, crossed my fingers, prayed, and tackled my UFO pile, hoping that I’d get something finished that would fit the next challenge. After all, we’d had so many specific challenges in the recent past: yellow, and collars, and plaid. Surely Mena wouldn’t be mean enough to throw another challenge at us that required a very specific fabric or technique, right?
As you know, this week’s challenge is polka dots.
Ack! So specific!
And yet, amazingly, through the most fortuitously providential and serendipitous coincidence, the last thing I manage to finish in my last big rush of sewing was a polka dotted underbust corset for me, and for display for an underbust corset class I’ll be teaching starting this week. Just the thing. Hooray!
I really don’t know how I got so lucky. Not only does this perfectly fit the challenge, it’s also probably the only polka-dotted garment I have ever sewn in my entire sewing career (the next closest thing is my ice-cream banana blouse). It even has polka dotted ribbons. Someone was really looking out for me with this challenge!
The other serendipitous thing about this corset? The photoshoot: this was probably the least thought out and organized photoshoot I’ve ever done for Sew Weekly, and I am so happy with how it looks!
So hooray for Mena’s choice! Hooray for serendipity! Hooray for my underbust corset!