This is my current project:
Gussets! Cording! Laces! It can only be--a corset! Sort of. Let me explain.
Between taking the Seamless pledge, reading the entire backlog of the makeshift project (which is brilliant, and which I highly recommend checking out), and discovering other blogs with similar sensibilities like handmade mess, I've been thinking a lot lately about self-sufficiency in my wardrobe. As my sewing skills grow, too, I'm reconsidering my knee-jerk assumptions that certain things have to be store bought. After all, Natalie Purschwitz wore homemade shoes for a year. Shoes. And I'm balking at making underwear why exactly?
For these reasons, I've found lately that my sewing feels less like a fun hobby and more like a life experiment (still fun, but also meaningful). I've never been one for flashy party sewing--as you will probably have noticed by now--but I find myself getting even more practical as I brainstorm upcoming projects. Can I make jeans? Oh yeah. Can I make washcloths and handkerchiefs and kitchen towels? Totally. Can I make knitted scarves and leg warmers? Probably (jury's still out on the leg warmers). Can I make socks, underwear, bras? More than likely. Hence my current project.
The more research I did on making undergarments, the more I realized I wasn't going to be happy with t-shirt panties and underwire bras. Not my style. I'm just contrary I guess. Then I happened across this post on Wearing History, and I thought 'Regency short stays! That's exactly what my wardrobe is missing!' (don't ask me why). So I did some research, and I drafted this up. I don't know if it'll be street-wearable or not, but at the very least it's been an enlightening exercise in drafting foundation garments.
And the research. Oh, the research. I'll throw up a post sometime next week with some of the resources I found on corsetry, specifically Regency corsetry. I never would have expected the amount of structure you can get in a garment just by sewing some yarn into it! I'll also post pictures once it's finished, although probably on Dottie and not me (I do have some modesty). Stay tuned.