I guess I can cross something else off of the list of “things I never thought I’d actually make but did”, because I just spent the last two days making, of all things, an organza corset. Sort of.
I’d figured that the most sensible place to start in actually sewing this thing together would be the underlayer with the boning, which I cut separately from the double-underlined bodice pieces just to simplify actually adding the boning. Thanks to the transparent nature of the organza, it took me maybe an hour to get to this…
(And yes, those seams are right side out for a reason, I wanted to keep the more finished side towards the inside of the dress for this one!)
Of course, then it took me four more hours to get to this! My catch-stitching definitely improved on this one, but I think it actually looks kind of cool on the organza since you can really see all of the stitch. Maybe I should always practice my hand-sewing on see-through fabric! It probably wasn’t entirely necessary to go back to each place where I cut the curved seam allowances so they’d lie flat in pressing, but I really wanted to make sure this wouldn’t get all frayed and weakened in the process. And, actually, the hand-sewing was surprisingly relaxing! I’m not sure what this change says about me, because I used to HATE hand-sewing when I was making my clothes as a teenager, and would do all I could to avoid it. Maybe I’m maturing?
I’d made the boning channels a little too snug before, but I wanted to keep the muslin channels to make the dark boning less likely to show through. So I just cut strips of the scrap organza and stitched that on top instead to give it a little extra width and slightly more camoflage.
(Also, I waaaaay overestimated how much organza I’d need, and I’ve probably got a solid two yards of this left! Oh well, at least silk organza is supposed to be infinitely useful for sewing things.)