I'm still quite excited about this project - nothing is quite like inspired sewing! I just finished the first core layer for Kwik Sew 3850, the bustier I am doing corset-style. Before I could snap a pic of it on Mathilda ... first I had to sacrifice a bra that fits me and pad her out! The core just was not going to fit right on those unrealistic shaped hard boobs of hers ...
Now, for the core layer!
Enough about my lumps and bumps - y'all want to hear details! As I mentioned in my pattern notes yesterday, this pattern has 1/4 inch seam allowances. Probably no big deal to the quilters out there, but I've gotten used to the "standard" 5/8 inch seam allowance in the vast majority of commercial garment patterns. These tiny seam allowances, combined with all the wonderful shaping in the pattern, make it a royal pain in the (donkey) to press these seams over to topstitch them down.
Oh, another point in the "pro" column for these pattern instructions: They do say to topstitch every seam. On the minus side (*IMO*) is that for many they say to press the seams open after stitching. Although I've seen corset tutorials going either or even both ways on pressing seams, I have a strong preference for the "to one side" way, as it seems to my last two working brain cells that this would be stronger. While I have no intentions of ever trying to tightlace, I also have no desire to experience a wardrobe malfunction, especially after all the work that goes into making a corset.
While this is very fiddly with the tiny seam allowances, I am loving the shaping that is drafted into this pattern. Here's a bit closer view of the bust cup (and more proof of my assertion that I still can't sew a straight line to save my life ... yeah the black thread on white fabric really proves it).