Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Choosing a Fabric for Your Corset

Aside from style, one of the keys to a good match between you and your corset is your choice of fabric. Your choice of fabric should reflect these features:
  • Your intended use of the corset; is it for show or as a layered foundation garment?
  • How often you intend to wear the corset & for how long
  • What you will be doing when wearing the corset
  • Any special environment or care considerations for the fabric (eg. leather)
  • A fabric that reflects your color and texture preference
  • Cost considerations
If you are going to be wearing your corset under your clothing as a foundation garment for example, the fabric needs to hide under you most commonly worn colors (eg. not show under a white blouse) and have a tight weave so that it does not snag on clothing layers. Additionally, a single layer corset would be cooler than a multiple layered corset construction in this usage.

If you’re going to be wearing your corset for fancy dress and other special occasions, more delicate fabrics can be used in your corset. Satin, taffeta, lace, special trims, light weight leather and detailed brocades are all good choices.

What if you want your corset to be on the go with you for dancing, dating, live music and other events? Durability is a key concern along with a pleasing style. Fabrics with a tight weave won’t snag on your jeans, your coat zipper or other obstacles in your path! Leathers, corset coutils, tightly woven jacquards, cottons prints, leathers, and upholstery fabrics are all good choices here.

So when ordering a corset, make sure you discuss your intended use & activities of your corsetted self with your corset maker. This will help them in guiding you to the best selection of fabrics & styles to meet your needs.

Happy corsetting!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Spring in the Air?

Yesterday the wise ground hog of Pennsylvania advised that spring will be early this year! That's a welcome relief after having 2 weeks of snow storms.
What I do like about the winter months however is the opportunity to be inside working on sewing projects and household projects without feeling too much like I'm missing something outdoors.  Come summer I'll be wishing for a corset-making hut out under the trees. LOL!
So for now, I'll enjoy the bright light reflected off the snow into my sewing studio, the warmth of being indoors & watching the snow fly outside & the visit of the birds on their way to the bird feeder throughout the day. And I'll plan a few less visits to Joanne fabrics for miscellaneous sewing supplies if it means I have too much snow or ice to remove from the car!
If you need another reason to celebrate -- it's also the Chinese New Year - snow or no snow!  Cheers!