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25 October 2009 @ 03:10 pm
The Stays are out of the basket!  
I finally made the binding for the strap ties so I consider this project officially finished.
Earlier in the week I'd posted about my closet full of unfinished projects and this pair
of stays was first on my list.


I laced them up and then had my boyfriend snap a couple of quick photos. Sorry about the blur,
we are working on the kitchen reno today and there are only so many things I can ask of him ; )

Please jump to view the rest (I put them under the cut in case someone was offended by wild
Sunday-I-don't-care-about-my-hair and my heiney in undies).

I am pretty happy with them overall as they do look pretty good on. I don't think I'll even bother to count how many bones... I just know it's a lot.
All bones are spring steel.






Thank you for taking a peek! I am still working on that pink and black lace appliqued
underbust. I just finished hand stitching the lace last night while Sean cut the power
off to rewire the kitchen. Damn, I'm being productive : )

zcat_abroadzcat_abroad on October 25th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
These are great! Well done in finishing projects - I have a sweater that should have been finished ages ago, for my mother. All I need to do is sew it together. You have inspired me.

Also, it is time to try stays. How heavy are they with spring steel all around?
imblebeeimblebee on October 25th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I think you should try a pair of stays. Drafting the pattern is pretty easy.

You made me curious, I just weighed them and they weigh in at just a pound (I thought it'd be more...) There are 40 bones in the garment.

I have lots of knitting too! Don't even get me started on that... I am only counting the sewing projects so far! ; ) But seriously, I am very glad that you want to sew the sweater together, and how perfect for Christmas right around the corner! I am willing to bet it's the best gift your mother would receive.
sparklewren: Equestrienne Sparkle Underbustsparklewren on October 25th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)

They fit you beautifully, I bet you're really pleased you decided to work through that collection of unfinished corsets now :-)
imblebeeimblebee on October 25th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you Sparklewren, I really am happy that I am getting projects done ; )

I've turned over a new leaf for Fall, I think it's also keeping me sane and happy while we gut our kitchen (600sqft. Manhattan apt) ie. I can't get away from the chaos and debris.
sparklewrensparklewren on October 25th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oh lord, renovations are a nightmare... I hope it gets done quickly for you!
Laralaracorsets on October 25th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Beautifully done and great fit!

What pattern did you use?
imblebeeimblebee on October 25th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you Lara!

I drafted the pattern a year or so back and I am glad it still fits!
m_g_pm_g_p on October 26th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Love people that draft their own patterns! :) It looks great on you! Very well done.
vangy2 on October 25th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
I have to try a pair of stays. Once I finish a few of my on-the-go projects.

Nice to know there are other people in the "unfinished" project club.

I second... "What pattern did you use?"
whitetigress23whitetigress23 on October 25th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
They fit you so well! It's nice to see a post about stays-and pics on a real body are always better IMO. After all, that is where the stays belong :) I love the contrasting trim!
rachel54321rachel54321 on October 26th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Wow, that fits nice!
Cathy Haypeacockdress on October 26th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Nice job, especially on the binding! Well done!
tailordrewstailordrews on October 26th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
That is just stunning! Beautifull collours two. It fits you like a dream, congratulations!!!

selmabouvierselmabouvier on October 26th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
They look great! What a nice fit, and the I love the red (burgundy?) binding. Well done. And hooray knocking an unfinished project off the list!
imblebeeimblebee on October 27th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I thought I'd go with something fun and the blood red trim is racier than self binding : )
katexxxxxxkatexxxxxx on October 26th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Nice one! :)

Must dig my pair out and complete them...
imblebeeimblebee on October 27th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
Oh Please do! And post photos!

It felt so good to finish this beast, it'll invigorate you to finish other projects!
iriscostume: vampmaryiriscostume on October 26th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
I quite like the artistic blurry first photo too!
Robinia_Acaciarobinia_acacia on October 27th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Its looks great and you and it is very neatly done, really great stays!
Both fit and constructions are perfectly done!
Might I ask which fabric you used?
imblebeeimblebee on October 27th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I used a medium weight natural linen from my stash, a layer of interfacing, a layer of German coutil and then one layer of twill suiting for the lining.