Making my own girdle 'cause no one said I couldn't! Pt 1

My cluttered side space.

*Sigh*, I need to clean that. Patterns I've pulled out just because, new patterns I haven't checked yet, patterns I need to put away. My whole brain has been on slow this week.

But I need to get into gear. I'm planning on wearing my Gardenia Dress this weekend and I want to make sure I'm shapely underneath it.

You all know about my horrid venture into the void of ready to wear foundation garments. Yuck, ick, and ouch. And, I'm sure by now you know me. I constantly run the mantra in my head, "If I can't find what I like, I'll make it."

Its pretty self explanatory, really.

I drew a basic girdle from one that I liked the fit.

I also added an under bust section 6" high and 38" around, the measure of my bras. I gathered the supplied I wanted to give this thing a try, and began cutting out the pieces.

As you all know, I face everything, so I took some triple washed muslin and lined each piece of the girdle with it.

I'm using ticking for the girdle.

Its a sturdy and cool looking fabric, and Im sure with a slip over it, the lines won't show. I like my foundation garments ridged, but not corset like .I'm planning four narrow panels of elastic (from that long waisted cincher I have) to add the ease. I think that's the beauty of being the size I am. Im squishy, so I can shape myself up how I wish.

For the actual construction I'm forgoing flat felled seams this go around and using binding tape folded over both sides of the seam not only to add support, but also to act as the casing for the plastic boning I'm going to use. I'm mimicking the boning placement on the OBG I sketched the template from, and just running it up for the torso part. I measured the girdle to not necessarily stretch at the waist.

I'm planning on sewing the elastic in and seeing if that is giving me a firm enough hold. If not, I'm going to sew the waist in place with the binding tape.

Right now I've cut out all the pieces and their muslin linings. Im going to overlock them all today, add the elastic, and give it a test wear before I add the boning. At least that is the plan.

I'll keep you all posted!

9 comments:

  1. Can't wait see how this turns out. Looking great!

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  2. "I think that's the beauty of being the size I am. Im squishy, so I can shape myself up how I wish."

    Excellent!

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  3. I'm so excited to see this completed!

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  4. I have a garter belt/girdle pattern that I've been itching to try for months (but it's seriously too hot still for me to even think about wearing anything like that), so I'm really enjoying reading about your process! I can't wait to see how it turns out. However, I think what I most enjoyed about this post was your attitude that if you can't find it, you'll just make it! :D I love it! ;)

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

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  5. WOW! have i told you lately... that you're amazing???

    bravo- i love how you just always dive into projects- it's very inspiring!

    :)

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  6. Aw, thanks everyone!

    I just get sick of searching for what I want. ANd I pretty much know just what I want. Maybe thats why I enjoy sewing so much. :)

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  7. Interesting! I'm thinking I may want to do this someday too, since ready-to-wear girdles never fit me either.
    I've never made a girdle, but I've made corsets. I find it hard to do a proper fitting without the boning, but I don't know if it's the same for girdles. Usually I tape the bones in place for the fitting, so I don't have to sew the boning channels on something that may not fit.

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  8. An ambitious project, to say the least.

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