Corset class – cutting it out

Close up on the silk and sheer lace overlay on the purple silk corset

Close up on the silk and sheer lace overlay on the purple silk corset

At this point you should have all of your materials (or know where you’re going to get them) to make your very first corset. If you’re not playing along with my Corset Class – a lot of these tips will also help you with other sewing projects too!

Getting ready

First up, you’ll likely want to pre-wash your fabrics.  Some people say “why bother?  I’m going to dry clean my corset!” but I still recommend pre-washing, because it will get rid of sizing, excess dye, and will pre-shrink your fabric if needed.

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Dressew in Vancouver

Dressew fabrics in downtown Vancouver, BC - a great source of a wide variety of fabrics, trims, and notions.

Dressew fabrics in downtown Vancouver

In an earlier post I shared a few photos from my visit to Atex Designer Fabrics in Vancouver, BC. I mentioned that it was right across the street from Dressew – a regular destination for me pretty much every time I visit Vancouver. Today I’ll share a few photos from Dressew which I visited when I was in the city in late September 2017.

You might recognise the name… I’ve blogged about Dressew before too – there’s a reason I love it!

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Eurokangas in Finland

How beautiful is this three-dimensional floral fabric from the EuroKangas in Helsinki?

How beautiful is this three-dimensional floral fabric from the EuroKangas in Helsinki?

Each time I’ve visited Finland, fabric shopping has been high on my agenda. You already know that I bought some gorgeous diamond twill fabric at the medieval market, but I did other fabric shopping too!

Turku location

Eurokangas is a chain fabric store, and first I visited the one in Turku. The location I visited is in the Sokos department store across the street from the market square.

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Turku Medieval Market – Fabric shopping

Linens for 7.50€/meter at the second market stall selling fabrics.

Linens for 7.50€/meter at the second market stall selling fabrics.

In June and July 2017 I was in Finland again (along with a side-trip to Estonia!). One of the highlights of my trip was a visit to the Turku Medieval Market, (Keskiaikaiset markkinat) – apparently the largest medieval market in Finland.

With the encouragement of readers on my Facebook page, I decided to take one of my Viking Age costumes to go explore the market on it’s first day. Over the next few posts I’ll share some of the demonstrations and market stalls at the market. If you’re coming to my blog long after I’ve posted, you can see all of these posts by reading the Turku Medieval Market tag!

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