As a final touch on my sisters 1860s outfit (Skirt, Blouse, Hat) I decided to make a Swiss waist. I love the look of so many of these pictures.
As it appers, Lots of other bloggers started to show interest in the small, but faboulus looking accessorie.
“Katie Lowely” made one as her HSM15 – Practiality entry.
And “Vintage Visions” examens one of her ancient ones using lots o new photos.
I’ve also had this pattern showing up in my Pinetest feed not long ago.And following the link I discovered that Catheine of ” The fashionable Past” had drafted it from an extant piece in her colection (and also made a great tutorial for stitching it up, which I of course found only after I finished making my own…Doh)
As I wanted this project to be yet another fast one I dow into my scrap bin staright away and came up agin with two pieces of black fabric one cotton lawn and one piece of polyester taffeta.
So I copied the patten and altered it to my sisters measurments, then I cut 1 of each piec in taffeta and two in cotton.
I bsted the one of the cotton pieces to the taffeta as interlining nad pinned the pieces togeter or assemebly.
I stitched the cotton lining and the taffteta together at the front and back.
I made boning chanells from the selvedge at the side seam.
On pieces this uniform and simular, it is extra important to mark your front/back/up/down/right/wrong side.
The it was time to stitch the outer fabric to the lining. I tried the “sticth and turn” method, with bad result.So I ended up ripping the seam out, turning the edges in from the outside and securing them with a wisible seam. (Totaly on purpose…)
Then I inserted the bones at the side seams.
I measured and marked the placeent for the lacing holes.
And spent one evening in front o the Tv sewing them.
Once the lacin holes was fininshed I inserted the last bones and stitched the edge closed by hand.
Then I finished of by adding hooks and eyes to the front edge.
The fininshed Swiss Waist (and whole outfit):
The whole outfit including:
hat, Blouse, Skirt, Swiss wist and accessories like, fan, shawl, necktie and lace glowes.
What: A 1860s Swiss Waist – Belt accessorie
Pattern: “Koshka the cats” pattern for “Swiss waist ca 1860s”
Fabric and notions: Scraps of black cotton and ployester taffeta, thread, scarps of boning, buttonhole thread and hooks and eyes.
Time & cost: About 4 hours and 50 sek (8Usd)
Final thought: It serves it’s purpose, but I think It nwould ahve benefitted from another fabric choise and some more boning.