Tuesday, 20 January 2015

inspired by the 1920s and tea-rose coutil

I didn't anticipate needing one myself, but the The Roaring 20s is close - every February in the Blue Mountains.  I'm hoping to go to a daytime event, and before I can make the dress, need an appropriate brassiere for my substantial acreage.  I'm hoping to use the pattern in Jill Salen's Vintage Lingerie.

Other than if it will be effective, I'm concerned to know how I'll be able to fasten it. It was designed to fasten by hook & eye at the side seam.

Except due to my height (thus short arms), and stout self I'm physically unable to do that.  Could I lace it closed under the CF and then hook & it down the bust seam - like the tudor gown Hunnisett has where the stomacher pins over the front lacing gown.

Does that make sense??

I've also become obsessed with making it in a tea-rose broche coutil, although I don't have any. So I'm going to visit Metro Fabrics on Saturday and hope they still have a floral broche in a sort of pink. Even just broche, and I'll dye it!

Obsession can be both good & bad. If it motivates me to start sewing, then I'm likely to get the happy-sewing-juju back.


  1. I'll be interested to know how you get on with this...when I asked about a bandeu for hourglasses it seemed the concencus was that modern shapewear is the best alternative.

    1. I don't even know where to find shapewear to do this locally. It's too small a market segment, and I wouldn't buy something to do this that I hadn't tried on. Much rather futz around with mockups ;)

    2. there are plenty of girdles available online, but nothing that flattens my size frontage. :/ I suspect that even had I lived in the 20s they'd have given me side-eye if I tried shopping ready to wear for these.

    3. To quote thoughrougly modern mille...my beads won't hang streight!