March 14, 2014

Cording Sample

Just to show that I haven't completely been derailed from that Romantic Era corset we talked about in January...

Cording test stitched on a hand crank Singer


This sample was just a tester to see if I was in way over my head, but the real deal is on it's way and will include detailed instructions on how to deal with all those crazy cording channels!

9 comments:

  1. For the love of Zod, /please/ put up a tutorial on this lattice cording! I really want to include it on my 1830s stays, and I'm losing my mind trying to figure out how to do it without ending up in an asylum. lol I would love to know your secret! <3

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    1. Coming soon! Though I gotta be honest, I'm halfway to the asylum already with all this finicky stitching!

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    2. Hehe, I can imagine! The only way I could figure to do it without going completely insane would be to stitch the channels first and then draw the cording through with a bodkin or some other large needle. (Which, judging from your latest post, is maybe the way you're doing it?) Others have suggested quilting it instead, but I hate doing quilting. lol

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    3. You're spot on, that's exactly how I'm doing it. I think some historical examples are quilted, but the ones I'm using as a direct reference definitely have cording in them, and were likely done the same way.

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    4. The example I was looking at (the V&A stays) were done with trapunto quilting, which is what was throwing me off for a while. XP I love the look of trapunto, but I don't really enjoy actually /doing/ trapunto work. XP

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    5. They labeled it as trapunto, but I think they're using that to mean the same as cording, Isn't it more or less the same when done in this particular manner? Stitch channels (or shapes) then make a little hole in the back and stuff. Only, the stuffing in this case is cord. I can't imagine that all those little rows in the V&A ones aren't cord of some sort (So tiny! So linear! SO MADDENING.). Still not really super enjoyable either way though :P

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  2. I sort of suspected that, too. I've seen cording described as a sort of trapunto, anyway, so it's definitely possible that's what they were referring to. Either way, the end look is pretty much the same, and the final product will be worth all the hard work!

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