Lady Shred’s Designs

Well, I’ve hinted earlier that I’ve been working on something and now I’m ready to share it!

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The awesome logo, made by Charlie Buechler.

Lady Shred’s Designs is my new costuming and jewelry company. I’ve started a website, a facebook account and an etsy store. I also have plans to vend at upcoming pirate festivals!

I’d love your support, please like my page to see what I’m up to!

And check out my website, http://celticstar9288.wix.com/ladyshredsdesigns

And that’s not all I’ve been up to, some friends and I had a mini photoshoot the other day, pictures are on my facebook page, and we have a bigger shoot coming up in September, I can’t wait to share the pictures with you!

Corset Drafting

I know it’s been a little quiet here this summer, feel free to blame my dance school! This year I helped teach a record three dance camps! The final camp finished yesterday now it’s time to write and sew nonstop with no interruptions or procrastinating!  *reality laughs its stupid head off*

Well, anyway, I have been working on stuff between dance camps. The perfect corset has yet evaded making its way onto my list of accomplishments but not for lack of trying.  My first attempt at a ‘corset’ involved tubes of unlined, unboned fabric with holes ripped in the edges to lace them up. Give me a break, I was little!

I’ve improved but not enough, here is my latest corset:

Wrinkles!!!!!!!!! Oh, and the center panel is  slightly crooked :D

Wrinkles!!!!!!!!! Oh, and the center panel is slightly crooked 😀

First of all, wrinkles everywhere, I didn’t take the time to add a third layer of fabric to give it the necessary strength.

Second, where did my boobs go? I did not cut the bust wide enough to comfortably accommodate them. This type of under garment is not meant to flatten the chest like the renaissance stomachers. Solution? For this corset I could add gores into the bust (and probably the hips, when you are constricting your waist the mass has to go somewhere) for future corsets I need to redraw the pattern to better accommodate my bust.

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Third: Weak boning, see how it’s buckling under the strain of the tight lacing? (though, to be fair, my mother laced me up and I’m pretty sure she was trying to suffocate me, I’ve never been laced this tight before). For me this is less of a problem then the others because I knew I was using cheap plastic, since this was really just a test corset.

I might hack into this one just to see what sort of changes I can make to it to make it comfortable and wearable then use what I learn in the future. For now I’m playing around with patterns:

New pattern with increased bust.

New pattern with increased bust.

 This is not a historical pattern, just an idea I’m playing with that includes a dramatic sweatheart cut.

Looking better.

Looking better.

Just sewn together to see what it looks like, still lots to do!

Vero Pirate Fest

I’ve been busy! We attended the Vero Beach Pirate fest this weekend, we had no idea that it was happening until precisely a week before the event. And, obviously, I couldn’t wear something old.

  So I chose to make a new pair of eighteenth century stays with a pirate twist. Okay, I can whip those up in a week. Nope, scratch that word out, life intruded on Monday and Tuesday leaving me three days. And my friend asked me to make a steampunk/pirate ruffle skirt for the festival. Well, then, full steam ahead!

I finished the stays and the skirt easily in three days but I’d forgotten that I had nothing to wear under the stays. Around ten o’clock Friday night saw me whipping together the rest of my costume. My friend slept over that night and, getting more than I little tired and silly, took a picture of me hunched over the sewing machine.

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It was worth the rush though, I adore my new stays and the skirt looked fabulous!

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The stays are fully boned, seriously you could stab me and the knife would just bounce off the boning.

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To give them a little pep I replaced the usual shoulder lacing with bronze hooks and rings.

But then things got a little heated and we had to duke it out,

Fan duel! En Guarde!

Fan duel! En Guarde!

 But we sorted it out and even found a stage where we performed an impromptu treble reel to the surprise of all the surrounding pirates. BONUS, our outfits, jewelry and accessories all stayed in place during the dance.

Hope to see this festival back next year!