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|Simplicity: 5006 (Misses' Lingerie) - Type:Lingerie |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Satin [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|This is labeled as a lingerie/costume pattern, but I used it to make my best friend's wedding dress. It was my first time sewing a corset and making something this complex to fit someone who wasn't around for fittings, so it was a nerve-wracking (but ultimately very fulfilling) experience!|
Pattern Description: Bustier/corset top with a floor-length skirt
Pattern Sizing: Available in sizes 6-20; I cut a size 16 for the top and a size 20 for the skirt for my friend.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mostly, except for the modifications that I made.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I made so many changes that I didn't follow the instructions. Instead, I used online tutorials for putting together a corset and winged the skirt construction.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? My friend liked the sweetheart neckline of the corset and the floor-length circle skirt since it didn't add bulk to the waist area.
She didn't like how short the corset was, especially in the back, so I ended up extending the back pieces by an inch at the top and all of the pieces by about three inches at the bottom. She also wanted a front opening on the corset so that it would be easier to get into, so I added the busk.
I didn't like how the top was essentially "corset lite" without a lining or a real strength layer, so I ended up modifying it heavily.
Fabric Used: 100% polyester satin for the fashion fabric (which in hindsight I should have interfaced), 100% cotton coutil for the strength layer, 100% cotton quilting fabric for the lining
For the skirt, two layers of poly satin.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Where to even begin?
- I extended the corset pattern pieces (as described above) in order to give more coverage since this was meant as outerwear. This also meant more grommets and longer lacing.
- I shaved down the curve on the bust pattern pieces since it was more roomy than necessary.
- I inserted a busk in the front (no pattern modification necessary except for widening the seam allowance).
- I made the corset with three layers (fashion fabric underlined with the strength layer and treated as one piece of fabric, then added a floating lining) instead of the prescribed one layer.
- The skirt was originally a single layer and meant to have a yoked waistband, but I made it two layers, didn't bother inserting a zipper since the opening would have been covered (I just cut a slit and bound it nicely), and gave it an elastic waistband instead to ensure a comfortable fit.
- I also extended the back of the skirt to make a bit of a train.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would eventually like to sew this for myself, since I do like the look of the corset top. I would recommend this pattern with reservations -- just know that it will need some modifications to make a real heavy-duty corset.
Conclusion: My friend loved her wedding dress and I'm still kind of in shock that it fit as well as it did! Definitely the hardest sewing project I've ever tackled, but I'm so glad I did.
(I also made a little lace overskirt to go between the corset and skirt, but that piece obviously isn't included in this pattern.)
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