Sunday, August 29, 2010

Moo Moo #42 Of Corsets A Moo!!

Swimming in a sea of unstructured dresses for the past 8 months has given me an itch to create something with some kind of defining structure for the body. It had to be compatible with my Moo Moo project, and I have an upcoming show in October with Art of Fashion in Toronto which is promoting the theme, La Belle Epoque (a period in European social history that began during the late 19th century and lasted until World War I), so I wanted to aim in that direction as well. I started with some leopard print upholstery fabric and this is what I came up with.
 I created a simple Moo Moo and then swallowed my fear of the mighty corset and dug in to make this under-bust corset. I drafted the pattern using this lovely tutorial as my guide. Then I sewed it together using what's called flat felled seams (the same very durable seams used in blue jeans). Like most things that FEAR prevents you from trying, this was not nearly as scary as I had made it out to be. I changed up the pattern a bit in the back to add a little more visual detail, and to create a narrower opening than suggested.

Accomplishing this has also touched on a few of the goals I've set for myself in my 101 list. Check out numbers 30 and 38. I'm not ready to cross these off yet, but I'm certainly closer to achieving these. In fact, number 30 will likely stay on there indefinitely, as I'm usually almost always up for a challenge....

See my process below:
All is left is something to tie it shut!  You could wear this inside out if you wanted to ... all of the seam edges are hidden. I opted not to add any boning, as the fabric is quite stiff and stands up quite well with the added seaming.

Here is the Moo sans corset...very simple and fun! No pockets, and a slightly gathered neckline. It has two small pleats on the skirt front. It's semi-sheer, so a slip is recommended :)

And THAT is one sassy way to add structure to a Moo!
If you think you might like to own this Moo, or this corset (or both together!!) visit my Etsy shop for details:
the Moo here, and the Corset here.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking in on my quest to create 100 ways to Do the Moo.
Next week ... moo #43! Another corset?  Maybe.

Enjoy your day!

Jules Mae