Forgotten projects 18th century stays – with a twist

I can’t believe I still haven’t finished this! I started it so long ago, wanted to make a truly18th century pink corset, but ended up adding a twist. The center piece IS pink on the other side to make it more “historically accurate” if you wish, but I just love being a little… out of time and this “midnight pastoral” toile with skeletons in early 18th century setting is just too whimsical.

18th Century Stays 07

All that is left to do is to hand stitch the binding to the tabs… it’s like… 90% done, but I just dislike hand sewing that much (I’ve actually machine sewn tabs on renaissance corsets, as they’re slightly bigger tabs but still a task others think insane to do by machine)

And yes, as much as I hate hand sewing, I still enjoy embroidery. Which is, umm, a sort of fancy hand sewing?

hand embroidered 18th century pocket with sailing shipa frigate

18th century pocket with hand embroidered tall ship

Oh well, tomorrow I have a 2 hour train trip (and an hour by bus) so I might as well take this corset with me to finish. 

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Loki inspired 18th century corset dark green yellow accents stays

Loki inspired 18th century corset dark green yellow accents stays

Now this is back in my etsy shop, for sale price : https://www.etsy.com/listing/187574685/18th-century-corset-green-with-golden?

I know ebay gets more views, but I fear their bug of not showing international sellers items (when you click “see sellers items” you get nothing! But in the profile page it shows a few of them!) is unfortunate. I’ll still mostly use etsy for handcrafted items, maybe ebay gets some of old star wars memorabilia… if I can part with them

http://www.ebay.com/usr/merineiti

Rococoo… goth and one wip

I got a few items up to etsy… like this 18th century gown, that definately has a pre 1750 look to it… almost 17th century, because of the fabric colors.

…and this modern corset top. I am in love with Alexander henry fabrics 🙂

coming soon, at etsy near you... https://www.etsy.com/shop/merineiti

coming soon, at etsy near you… https://www.etsy.com/shop/merineiti

This is not in Etsy yet, but I just had to share!!! I found *real* silk ribbon in my stash (did a fire test to it, and now the room smells of burnt hair) and lace that matches! I haven’t yet decided will I add sleeve ruffles, or a strip of fabric to trim the sleeves, as while the lace is perfect in color, it is not very wide… Would be shame to hide it behind really big ruffles. Now I wish I’d made this to my current size… or maybe I’m glad now I decided to use one of the older patterns that don’t fit me anymore,  or I wouldn’t be able to sell it.