Throwback Thursday: Pink and black corset

Back lacing of the black and pink brocade corset

Back lacing of the black and pink brocade corset

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:

This is a pink and black brocade plus-sized overbust corset. It has steel boning throughout. There are a total of 18 bones in this corset.

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Haul Report: Grandmother’s sale Red Deer 2016

Some of the synthetic fabrics from the Red Deer fabric sale

Some of the synthetic fabrics from the Red Deer fabric sale

A while back I did my haul report for the Calgary version of the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale (2016), and on April 23 I was already heading up towards Red Deer with some friends for an SCA event… and convinced them we should check it out….

Well I didn’t anticipate getting as much as I did – but one of the other shoppers (who claims not to be a costumer…) was a huge enabler, and I ended up getting about twice as much as I anticipated!

(And having my photo taken, possibly for the newspaper…?)

I ended up getting….

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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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1480s Florence – my Giornea

My finished Italian costume... done with the Fresco filter :)

My finished Italian costume… done with the Fresco filter 🙂

In my previous post I shared some of my research/inspiration, and here’s what I finally came up with.

The mock-up

In addition to reading a few dress diaries, I was lent notes from a woman in the SCA who has also studied and created a late 1400s Italian costume along with the help of her mentor. Her notes include recommendations for adding the needed fullness throughout the garment, rather than just adding fullness to the sides of the garment.

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1480s Florence – Giornea (surcoat/over garment)

My finished Italian costume... done with the Fresco filter :)

My finished Italian costume… done with the Fresco filter 🙂

The Giornea is a tabard-like overgown. In The Birth of Mary portrait (detail) this  garment isn’t worn, but I really LIKE this garment, so I might make one anyways.

I’m repeating some of the research here from my original inventory post – with some additions.

Research

Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni

Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni – Domenico Ghirlandaio. (1489) Florence

In the Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni the Giornea appears to have  a very low V-neck.  The garment is completely open at the sides, and is worn un-belted. The garment is sleeveless. The same outfit seems to have been recreated in the Visitation painting. This version doesn’t appear to have any trim at the neckline or along the sides, and the hem is unseen. The fabric seems to be a white and yellow brocade/damask.

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