Throwback Thursday: Ghosts & PVC corset

Exposed PVC bone casings

Exposed PVC bone casings

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 of this underbust corset is black cotton with white ghosts. The straight seams (not the curved hip seams) have exposed double-bone casings made of medium-weight PVC. The centre back has a black poly-cotton piped finish and the top and bottom is also bound in black poly-cotton binding. The lining is black cotton, and there is an internal waist stay. I don’t recall what the interlining is, but likely more black cotton.

Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Ghostly corset

Close up on the PVC panel and d-rings at the top of the underbust corset. Such cute little ghosts!

Close up on the PVC panel and d-rings at the top of the underbust corset. Such cute little ghosts!

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 of this underbust corset is black cotton with white ghosts. There are also two contrast PVC insets. The PVC is a heavy-weight PVC, with a high glossy shine. There are four decorative D-rings hanging from the top of the underbust corset, which would attach nicely to a harness, but are not intended for strong pulling. The lining is black cotton.  I don’t recall what the interlining is, but likely more black cotton.

Continue reading

So. Many. Hats.

Menswear style hats  for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party - our staff holiday party

Menswear style hats for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – our staff holiday party

At work I’m the chair of our Social Committee, and one of our jobs this year was to plan a holiday party. Of course, it’s all very politically correct where I work, so we don’t call it a Christmas Party, and we’re actually going a wee bit out of our way to actually avoid anything that rings of Christmas… but I don’t mind one bit, because the theme that the committee picked was

A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Part of this, included going out and buying hats – partially as give-aways, partially as decoration, and partially as costume elements for anyone who shows up without a costume or something in-theme to wear and want to fit in. We’re going to have a photo booth as well, and hats will make great props.

Mini top hats and bowlers for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party - our staff holiday party

Mini top hats and bowlers for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – our staff holiday party

This meant – I went shopping!

So many hats! First I went to Value Village, and then to the Halloween shop on November 1st – both places had their Halloween items on for 50% off, so I was able to get 38 hats for about $200.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I picked up: 13 hats that likely will appeal to men, 22 hats that will likely appeal more to women, and 3 hats that I think anyone would like.  These included:

  • 2 mini-tricorns
  • 2 full-sized tricorns
  • 12 fascinator bonnets
  • 3 horsehair fascinators
  • 3 fabric crowns
  • 1 felt cowboy hat
  • 1 vampire-style mini-top hat
  • 1 grey rabbit-eared hood
  • 2 mini-bowlers
  • 1 mini-top hat
  • 4 classic men’s hats (two top hats, a  bowler and a fedora)
  • 2 mini-top hats with Jack Skellington on them
  • 1 Mad Hatter top hat
  • 3 soft hats (an engineer’s cap, a newsboy hat, and an aviator cap)

If you were to come to our party – which hat would you pick?

Read more about our party on the other blog I write for.. Happy Sushi Belly! 

Millinery: Spiderweb fascinator

You might remember the red tricorn mini-hat I made a while back.  This fascinator uses the same red silk and black spiderweb lace (actually some of the scraps left over from that hat!) but is distinctly different (and was a LOT faster to make!).

This fascinator started with just a simple circle of buckram, sliced to make a gentle cone. I trimmed the buckram with wire with hand stitches (like many of the other hand-made hats I’ve made recently.  Check the Millinery tag for a few more photos and instructions.) and then covered the outside with red silk, and the inside with grey wool felt (yardage this time, not part of a felt hood). Both the silk and wool were seamed to get the shape of the gentle cone.

Red and black spiderweb lace fascinator

Red and black spiderweb lace fascinator

From there I covered the red silk with the black spiderweb lace. Since lace has a slight stretch, I didn’t need to seam it to get the shape. From there I bound the edge with black grosgrain ribbon.

Continue reading