Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Peasant Girl Costume


 I have been sewing a sweet Peasant Costume for a dear little friend from Church. She is in a play, and needed a Peasant dress, that was actually pretty. She did not want a sack bag!

The real tricky part, was the fact that it needed to be somewhat...well poor looking. 
We used a pink sheet for the basic loose dress, and an old brown sheet for the over gown and hat.
The brown over gown laces up:
The hat was so cute:

 
 I think she looks precious! 
I had a blast sewing this!
 She looks super cute!
 God is so good! He gives me plenty of fun projects. 
xoxo
Lexi

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My favorite Cable ties....(Boning in focus)

Cable ties...... I really appreciate cable ties! They are handy, cheap and sturdy. And if you don't mind that they are plastic (and thus inaccurate for historical wear) they are perfect for all your projects. What can I say? They are so great! Granted, one might argue in favor of feather weight boning from Joannes if you were to go the plastic route anyways. But cable ties have one major advantage that featherweight boning does not, it is straight! The featherweight boning I have seen is usually rolled up in a ball and has a tendency to curl on me. Does anyone have the same problem? (The other major advantage is that cable ties can be much stronger depending on which size you buy!) So, unless you need to be historical (which is fine-there of some times it needs to be accurate) I would suggest Heavy Duty Cable ties for all your heavy-bonning needs! 
Especially if you are new to corsetry. Some day I will buy real metal boning, and I am sure it will be a high light in my life, but for now I use cable ties, and am very happy! The great thing about these 24in Heavy Duty ties, is they are so strong, long and wide. They give lots of support! I don't feel like I need metal bones. Does anyone else like Cable ties for boning?
I buy mine at Harbor Frieght-10 (1 pack) for $1.50 (on sale-the go on sale frequently).
My Dad and I bond at the hard ware store buying cable ties and grommets (the ones for masts and sails!)
Hope you all are well!

xoxox
Lexi

Monday, September 24, 2012

Boning the 1700's Stay

The Stays are in the process of being boned...BONED...I am tired of boning!
Uhmm. Yes, as you can tell by my attitude, I am about ready to be done with the boning! It has been going on for days-probably since I have two other projects going on, but I am ready to be done with boning!
 The Channels have been sewed along with the bones being put in, so I have had a sort of non-conventional boning party all week long. 
Usually all the boning channels should be stitched, then all the bones put in, but I am doing a weird tango of sorts-stitch, bone, stitch, bone. (In addition, most of the plastic cable ties have had to be removed, and their ends melted with a candle, so as to not poke through the fabric.)


The white lining has changed quite a bit since the channel were sewn. I think it looks neat!
(The underside of the stays)

I think these stays are a kind of milestone in my sewing. I started sewing as a newbie for my doll Gwendolyn nearly 5 years ago. I have barely gone a week without sewing since then. Most  times I sew at least once a day. 
But I feel very proud when I look at these.

Very happy God has given me the ability to sew!
 xoxox
Lexi

P.S  This is my second post for today, so if you haven't already, check out my earlier post below!