Pattern Description: Hand-stitched corset from Alabama Stitch Book.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes extra small- extra large, I made the medium
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes if you factor in my embellishments.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. The book includes all the instructions to create this corset top and a multitude of other garments.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
*I liked that it is a corset and that it has multiple seams.
*I love that it is shorter in the front and longer in the back. I also like that with the seam details one can get an impressive shirt without any embellishments.
*I disliked that the neckline is lower than I like.
*I do not like to have to trace, and then cut my patterns out. Pattern cutting is my least favorite part of sewing and the tracing is added misery.
Fabric Used: A double layer of cotton jersey.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
*I stenciled the print using my Paisley stencil.
*I added copper sequin to accent specific shapes.
*The project in the book stitched the corset with the seams exposed. I stitched mine with the seams to the inside of the garment and then top-stitch them down.
*I chose to bind my neckline and armholes using a strip of jersey fabric. I secured the binding with a parallel stitch on the armholes and bugle beads on the neckline.
*On the first corset I made I raised the neckline 1 inch. I did not on this one as it is likely a date night top, but for everyday wear, I would raise it again.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will sew this again and recommend it to others.
Conclusion: I love all things Chanin. This is a great project for new stitchers!