Thursday, 27 October 2016

Victorian corset

Hello lovelies,

I caught a nasty cold and have been at home for almost two weeks now. The first week was so bad that I couldn't do anything really and was just on the bed or the sofa. I feel much better now but I have the feeling that my cough is getting worse. But whatever, I am at home and when I am not reading or sleeping in front of the TV I am hand sewing. Sewing with my sewing machine is a bit difficult because I then have to leave my warm sanctuary. My flat is an old flat and to keep the gas and electricity bill low we don't really heat much in winter. And it is getting cold in Vienna.

I started the Victorian corset ages ago and didn't finish it...until now. A few work in progress pictures were posted already but I started to use a new system for my blog. I will from now on only post one entry for one item I did. This will reduce the blog posts but it will also increase in quality.

So, onto the corset.

The corset pattern is from Laughing moon. It looks like this:
I used the Silverado bust corset because I already used the Dore and it doesn't work with my boobs. They get super squished and pushed upwards.

 I cut everything in my size out of cotton for the inner fabric, strong linen for the middle fabric and a flimsy pink fabric for the outer fabric. I rue my decision for that pink fabric because it got all wrinkly and doesn't look good at all.

 That's the linen. I ordered it a year ago from Sartor. I really like the shop, they have amazing fabric. And when I earn more, I really want to buy those beautiful historical replica silk fabric for 60€ per meter.

I inserted the busk and pinned everything together. By that time I really hated the pink material already.
By that time I realized I run out of eyelets so I had to wait and get some the next day.
In the end I didn't just by eyelets but also a few meters soft lace for the top.

I hammered in the eyelets and you can already see the wrinkles in the fabric. So sad.

I really liked the look of it. Okay, I like the look of everything with lace. There are no pictures of that but I used spiral steel boning. I bought it in a roll and cut the length I needed.

At this point I had to try on the corset and my body really looks like a hourglass. My hips are huge and with a corset they look even bigger.
There is a lace flower on the left side (right side in the mirror) because I hated how wrinkly the corset looked.

The only thing left to do was the binding. I sewed the front part with the sewing machine and the back part with my hand.
And with that done, the corset is finished. Hooray!

I like wearing corsets but I am not sure if I like doing corsets myself.

Time needed: probably a week but there were a few month between starting and finishing the corset.
Cost: ? ? ? No idea actually. I had the fabric at home and I only bought the busk, the eyelets and the lace.
Satisfaction: 2/5. The pink fabric ruins it for me. There are so many wrinkles.
Comfortable: 4/5. I made it a bit too small because I thought I would loose weight. Haha. Silly me.

All the best,


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Cult party kei outfit

Hello lovelies,

university started again and now I finally have time again to dress up more often.
So for today I decided to go with a cult party kei look.

Dress: New yorker
Shoes: Swankiss
Peignoir: Vintage
Blouse: Lily.J
Belt: Axes femme
flowercrown: primark

I am so sorry for the really bad quality. The phone I have is really old now. Also, I really do need a nicer background but the flat is so full with messy bookcases or in general, really stuffed. That's my life as a fabric, fashion and book hoarder.

Here are some close ups of my make-up and a few silly snow pictures, because I just love the app. I try to do pictures on a daily basis because they upload so many filters, I just can't keep up.

All the best,


Monday, 10 October 2016

Small pouch with ribbon stitching

Hello lovelies,

when the days grow colder I always get the urge to embroider, crochet or knit. I like to hang out in front of the TV, watch some series, cuddle my cats and at the same time be productive.

This year I started with doing some ribbon stitching again.
I used this technique to embroider my whole Anri cosplay two years ago.
The book I used was bought in Japan and therefore I have no idea what the title of the book is.
I used the smallest hoop I had and embroidered everything on a patch of cotton.

I started out with the tracing of the pattern with pencil. I still don't have an embroidery pen. Yet.
There are only four colours I used, pink, lavender, yellow and green. The star shaped stitches are the basics for these flowers.

My ribbons were larger than in the instructions described. Because of that I changed some of the parts or left them out.

I am so sorry for the quality. Again, I was doing most of the work during the night and my light is still not good, actually it is far from good. And I am only doing the pictures with my phone camera, which is also not the best.
But it came out nicely with the green leaves The green ribbon is the only high-quality ribbon I used in this. All the other ribbons were about 1€ for 10 meter and the green ribbon was 0,60€ for 1 meter. But to be honest, for this small leaves, it didn't make a difference.

This was the finished product. And to be honest, except for the weird looking leaves on the top right part, I like it. Plus it looks like a heart too, I am really proud.

And this is what I did today, I made a little pouch out of it. I plan to put in lavender to keep away moths and to store it in one of my wardrobes.

Time needed: I made this over the span of 5 days
Satisfaction 4/5

All the best,


Monday, 3 October 2016

White Lolita Bolero

Hello lovelies,

here is the second project I started right after Connichi; it's a lolita Bolero from otome no sewing #9.
I had the fabric for ages and always wanted to make a bolero out of it. It's a knit fabric with some stretch in it and a little see-through.
Like always the drawn pattern came first. I did not change anything but copied it exactly like stated in the book. The only thing I didn't add was another lace on the bottom frills because I ran out of my flower lace. I bought that lace about 8 years ago in a small shop in Vienna and I am sure that they won't have it anymore. Such a shame though.

This is the lace I used. I bought the left one for 3,9€ per Meter and the right one I had for ages. Both are not pure white but are rather cream.

I don't have a picture of my finished paper pattern so I will start with my cut out fabric.
The pieces I have were: 1 Back part, 2 front parts, one big frill, two middle and four small frills, and of course the 2 sleeve parts.

I started with sewing together front and back on the sides and on top. Afterwards I added the big frill to the top.

The frills on the bottom were only pinned but the frill and lace on top were sewed in place. The problem was that I didn't like how the big lace looked on my collar and I removed it and added the smaller rose lace.

The sleeves were the trickiest because I used such a big lace and added an elastics to it.

I only wanted the bottom (or top part of the lace, depends on how you see it) to be shown.The fabric and the lace is right on right and afterwards it would be tucked in.

To be honest, I really think it looks better with just the flower part peaking out of the bottom.

Here is a close up of the beautiful lace.

Afterwards I added an elastic on the seam to make it frillier.
And this is with the elastics in the sleeve. When I tried it on it was a bit too tight so I had to cut another elastic and redo-it. That happens when I am home alone with no other help than my cats (who are, to be honest, no great help at all but great heaters).

At that stage I was already really satisfied with how the bolero looked like. Ignore the mess behind me, my red cat found it funny to play "let's-throw-everything-off-the-table-and-play-with-it-on-the-floor".

Here are better pictures and a close-up picture of my lace the next day. The light at night is always so dim, I can't get good pictures out of it and most of the time I wait until the next day.

 Here is another blurry night picture but both sleeves are not attached to the bolero and look how nicely it fits my dress.

 The ribbon closes the bolero. I sewed it tight on the right side and added a pin on the left side to close it.
And of course the ribbon has little pearls on them. How could I not?

At the back of the bolero I added a ribbon with pearls again but a smaller one. It's not sewn in place but is sewn onto a pin.

And that was all. I was done. The project was super easy and I would do it again anytime.

Time needed: I made this over the span of about 10 days.
Cost: The lace was about 7€, I bought the fabric ages ago so I don't really remember the price but I bought it in Kritzendorf so it was probably 2-7€ per meter.
Satisfaction: 4/5
Comfortable: 5/5

All the best,