A dear friend's sister works for a company that does princess parties and was in need of a seamstress to do some repairs to various costumes. After she saw my Anna and Elsa costumes, it turned more into a request for commissioned costumes! Talk about a dream come true! While I've been waiting on some fabric to come in, I thought it would be prudent to work on my corset skills. And by that I mean I thought it would be prudent to learn to make a corset.
I've been dying to make a dress similar to the floral dress Giselle wears on her date with Edward in Disney's Enchanted. I love that silhouette and I've never quite outgrown my twirly skirts phase.
For this project I used Simplicity 5006 for the corset and read a few tutorials I found via Pinterest. Honestly, I was expecting it to be difficult but I learned that if you can sew a straight line, you can sew a corset! Now I didn't obey the rules and I used the wrong fabric for this, therefore it isn't as sturdy as a typical corset. I use a quilters cotton because I adored the yellow and white pattern. That, and using a dark heavy fabric wouldn't exactly match the innocent, playful, girly looking I was going for.
Unfortunately, I only have one picture of the process.
(Yes, I did my hammering on an old anatomy book. That book also contains flowers I've been pressing from a bouquet I caught back in June ... Glad those $$$ textbooks still get use!)
Now for the skirt! A few weekends ago while visiting my parents I pulled out my mom's 31 year old pleating machine that was used for smocking. I had the crazy notion that I wanted to start making smocked baby gifts. Who knows, I still might. Anyway, I used it to heavily pleat 3 yards of fabric. That's right, I didn't cut any panels and sew them together, I just cranked 3 yards (9 feet!!!) of fabric through that thing!
Side note: isn't my new dress form wonderful? She was a birthday present from Derek.