Throwback Thursday: Corset & neck corset set

Close up on the dragon brocade

Close up on the dragon brocade

I’m calling this a Throwback Thursday because this is actually a corset I made a while ago (so I don’t have any work-in-progress photos either). I made this to sell, back when I was hoping to get commissions for custom work (I’m not looking to do custom work anymore).

A bit about this corset:

The outer fabric is an Asian dragon brocade with a matte finish, that I’ve hand-dyed a deep rose colour. The dragons show up as a brighter, lighter pink, while chrysanthemums are a darker red. The lining and interlining are both black cotton.

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Black and white Norse wool coat

Black and white Norse wool coat with blue silk trim

Black and white Norse wool coat with blue silk trim

While sewing up the drab grey-green wool underdress and the dried herb linen underdress I also cut out and sewed up a black and white wool coat. I got this fabric for free from a former teacher who was de-stashing! It’s not a document-able weave, but it’s basically a striped tabby weave, where the stripes of black and white yarn create “O” shapes on one side and “H” shapes on the reverse. I opted to use the “O” shapes on the outside.

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Fabric sale in Red Deer

The main area with tables of fabric - and a LOT of people!

The main area at a previous Calgary sale with tables of fabric – and a LOT of people!

If you loved the Calgary Grandmother’s Fabric Sale, maybe you’d be up for a road trip to Red Deer? (Or if you live in/near Red Deer, even better!) The Grandmother’s fabric sale in Red Deer is happening April 23, 2016.
Learn more on the Grandmother’s Campaign website, or RSVP and share with your social circle on Facebook.

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Dried Herb linen Norse underdress

"Dried herb" linen underdress worn with a dark wool apron dress that I'll blog about soon.

“Dried herb” linen underdress worn with a dark wool apron dress that I’ll blog about soon.

While sewing up the drab grey-green wool underdress, I also cut out and sewed up another in the “dried herb” lightweight linen from fabrics-store.com. This is the same measurement/pattern as the dark green wool underdress I made a while back, because it’s fitting and feeling very nice. I wanted another in wool, but with spring approaching, I figured one in linen would also be very practical! It seems like I’ve been doing a lot in green lately!

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Drab grey-green wool Norse underdress

Drab grey - green Norse underdress

Drab grey – green Norse underdress

In March I had to do a huge clean-up in my sewing space, and part of that was finding homes for some of the beautiful fabric yardage I’ve acquired since the last time I did a big clean-up and put-away. Of course, cleaning up means that I’m fondling all of those fabrics… and that always inspires me to start sewing again!

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