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.

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Fashion (visual kei) masks

Black PVC mask (iPad photo)

Black PVC mask (iPad photo)

I saw some great photos of cool Visual kei/J-rock masks, and wanted to make one for myself as well. I though I could develop my own pattern, but decided to give a whirl and see if anyone had made one of their own and published the pattern – I was in luck! I decided to give a few of them a try.

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Pleather little black dress

Black pleather dress

Black pleather dress

I’m clearly on a roll – at least for taking photos late at night with poor lighting…

For more ‘everyday’ (ok, not really) sewing, I wanted to test out a simple pattern, since I have had to re-jig my basic dress block. I decided to do my “muslin” in a wearable fabric so that if it all worked out I’d have a new dress out of the equation. I used a black pleather (faux leather) fabric which I really like, and have lots of, to substitute in for the vinyl and leather I’d like to make the same/similar style up in once I perfect the pattern.

The fit isn’t totally perfect – but I didn’t want a super-tight dress either…