Saturday, September 6, 2014

sewing a corset

I recently had the good fortune to take a corset workshop with Linda Sparks, author of the book The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners.

I almost didn't sign up for the class, because I had never made anything so ambitious.  I am also a bit of a corset snob - ten years ago I spent my tax return on a beautiful custom leather one, and have marveled at the fit and craftsmanship of that piece ever since.  So there were some big shoes to fill... 

In the end, I'm so glad I went for it.  It was intensive (8 hours per day for two days straight), but I managed to finish most of the corset in those two days, and completed the finishing bits at my leisure in the week that followed. 

I highly recommend Linda's workshop to anyone with garment sewing experience who wants to learn about corset construction.  I learned so many new techniques and felt incredibly proud of the finished product.

Monday, February 17, 2014

sweetheart sundress/dreaming of spring...

I've been sewing steadily all winter, but the cold, dark Chicago days make it nearly impossible to get quality photos.  In the meantime, I'll post one of my favorite makes from last summer - the Sweetheart Sundress from Gertie's "New Book for Better Sewing."

This one came together beautifully without any adjustments to the original pattern - a rarity for me.  It's made from black cotton pique and some weird cotton-poly blend white fabric that I picked up on sale at the discount fabric store.  Instead of making the gathered skirt as suggested in the book, I drafted a circle skirt.  I made it for my first anniversary with my husband in August.


I'm looking forward to the days when it's warm enough to take this one out fits like a dream and is easy to dress up or down.  I'm sure I'll be making use of this bodice pattern again in the spring!

Sunday, February 2, 2014


I've decided to start a blog to chronicle my projects (especially sewing projects) and hopefully measure my own improvement.

As an introduction: I am an amateur seamstress living in Chicago, IL.  I love vintage glamour, occult history, traveling, and anything old (books, clothing, buildings, people).  Hopefully this blog will include a little bit of all of that!  I've been sewing for about fifteen years, but only feel I've developed the patience to create quality work in the past couple of years.

I've been fortunate enough to learn a lot of tips and tricks from my favorite sewing blogs, so hopefully I will be able to contribute something helpful, too.