Monday, 18 October 2010

Can Dressmakers 'do' internal Corsetry?

Of course we can!

I've taken a very short break to look at a new internal corselette technique which will give the same amount of support, but one that will have a little more room for adjustment and comfort. (so those little weight gains won't be so much of an issue!)

Above and to the front is the inner corselette consisting of a bridal canvas which is nice and rigid with boning attached and behind is the gown bodice lining.

The elastic panels have been attached at the side bodice to replace the center back sections. This is what will give the snug but comfortable fit.

The elasticated back panels at the bust and waist area have hook and eye tapes attached.

The internal corselette bodice.

Above, is the gown which has a halter-neck strap. There is a bow detail to the bust, but this could easily be ommited or re designed to accomodate a 'fan' detail with some rather nice embelishment to cover the bodice seam.

The finished gown.

The hemline has a crin strip to define the shape of the hem and I have added some soft tulle to give the skirt a little lift.

I designed a small shrug bolero with dramatic collar for those who prefer to be a little more covered. The jacket front sits just behind the bow.

Close up of the jacket and front bow detail of the gown.

Side view shows the lovely train.

The back view shows the lace-up closure which finishes just at the small of the back. An invisible zip continues to the lower bottom.

The jacket back sits just at the bottom of the shoulder blades.

What I love about this gown is it is so adaptable. It can be made using a synthetic taffeta as I have used here, silk dupion and lace or even a silk duchess satin for total luxury.

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