First task was to draft up a new under-the-bust pattern, as I’ve changed since my last one. A new toile was fitted, thanks to Lynne Cook.
I used two layers of cotton duck for the structural part of the corset. The spiral metal boning was sandwiched between them, in sewn channels. The pattern was cut perpendicular to the long grain, so the strongest part of the material would be around the body. The outer, decorative layer was cut to follow the pattern. This one has a pirate map theme, using left over material from one of my blouse projects.
The metal busk was inserted, using an awl to create the holes for the ‘knobs’ (so the material threads were not broken, to reduce fraying and keep material integrity) and sewn in place. Boning channels were sewn in place.
I used 25 mm cotton bias to edge the top and bottom of the corset. Finally the grommets were inserted (these are size 0, black). Again, an awl is used to create the hole, to avoid breaking threads.
And here is the final creation – my new pirate map under-the-bust corset. Thanks to Lynne, of the Australian Costumers’ Guild for her assistance in fitting. Now to see if I can get a second one finished before the con. Come by my table at Oz Comic Con to find out.
The book trailer for Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales is out!
You can view it on my youTube channel or on this website and post. I have fun making my book trailers – storyboarding, designing, sourcing or creating the costumes and props, finding actors to take part and (finally) filming and editing and sound.
Here is a pictorial rundown of the latest trailer.
Creating the costumes:
Making a mummy: Tea dyeing opshop cotton sheets, tearing into strips and sewing onto skivvy.
Creating the images:
Several photograph shoots of various items around the house…
1. The spines are cut and ‘hinged’, ready for staining. 2. Only one layer to make them appear aged. 3. Tea to age the calico wings. Watered down white glue to seal the cut edges.
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4. Glueing the calico to the wing spines. 5. Cutting the harness base Stained to match. 6. Attaching the wings and harness straps, to sit behind the shoulders.
The harness is surprisingly comfortable; the main belt is positioned on the chest and takes up most of the weight. (I even did the Nutbush in them – I forgot I was wearing them). I just have to remember to fold them down when walking in a crowd or through a doorway.
From the front (extended) and the back (folded):
Imagineer. Writer. Artist. Gardener. Chocoholic and tea lover