TMI Tuesday: Random Randomness

1. Who was your favorite cartoon character as a child?


Gossamer is the best. Marvin Martian is a close second.

2. What makes you cry?
Hallmark commercials, a sad book, extreme happiness, fury, being treated unfairly

3. What similarity between you and your significant other do you love?
Our mutual geekiness often makes me giggle.

4. What characteristic do you admire in others that you feel you are lacking?
Social skills.

5. If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be?
The endless cycle of whack-a-mole that comes with parenting a special needs child.

Bonus: You can trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?
Idina Menzel


Blissful Ignorance

Today I began the laborious process of cutting all of the pieces for the McCalls M7339. The one I’m finally going to get to wear. My son came home from his morning errands and noticed the fabric was different.

“Hey, Mom! How’s it going on that corset?”

“Oh, it’s going buddy. This one I get to wear.”

“Oh, REALLY!” This said with much excitement “What’s it going to look like?”

“Well bud it’s going to be the same pattern as those,” I said pointing to the heap of prototypes that I’m keeping handy for reference “but the fabric will be different.”

“Oh, really?” (He says that a lot.) “What’s it gonna look like?”

I pulled out a couple of scraps and showed him.

“Oh, it’s beautiful. It’s all old fashioned.” he noted examining the images.

It was on the tip of my tongue to explain delft pottery. Then I realized if I started that conversation I wouldn’t get anything else done.

He lay the pieces side by side on the table. “Are the pictures going to go together?”

“Do you mean are they going to match?” I asked in disbelief.

My son, who is blissfully ignorant of most things regarding garment construction, wanted to know if I was going to pattern match this:delft_cloth - Copy

Greatly amused, I explained, albeit briefly, why that absolutely would not be happening.

Also …

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When you’ve replaced/redrawn/altered this many pattern pieces, can you still call it by its original pattern number?  Going forward, I’m far more inclined to say “based on”.

McCalls M7339 – 2nd Draft

I have finished the second draft and made the changes outlined in my notes. I am happy overall. The smaller pattern fits well. There is now space in the back that allows me to lace in tighter than the first draft.


However, as you can see, the C cup combined with the smaller pattern size was absolutely not the way to go. I’m spilling out the top and sides. Not good.



I ripped the C cups off of draft 2. I then ripped the D cups from draft 1 and stitched them onto draft 2 to be sure they would fit properly, which they did. Though the cut of the D cup is still less than modest, I’m going to be wearing this to kink events. As such, I’m not going to change the upper edge. I confess I did consider it but that would mean constructing yet another draft and, to be frank, I’m over it.  I’m presently at 48+ hours labor for all of the mock-ups and pattern adjustments thus far. I say 48+ because I know there was time that I was working between family obligations that did not get logged. As I said, I’m over it. In a big way.


I’m not at all pleased with the back muffins created by the swoop on the back panels. I’m going to redraw the upper curves to help keep my spillover to a minimum. If the redraw goes well, and I see no reason it shouldn’t, I’ll move on to my wearable model.

Of additional note: I chose not to make a modesty panel for this draft. I’ve decided the issues I had with it on previous attempts can be avoided entirely by simply creating a floating panel, rather than the attached that the pattern calls for. That’s what I’ll be doing for my final run.

TMI Tuesday: Brought to you by the number 5

One, two, three, four, five things is what we are playing this TMI Tuesday.

Tell us . . .
1.  The problem with you in 5 words.

2.  5 things you want in life.
Freedom from worry
Financial security

3.  5 things you need to quit.
Negative self talk
Thinking of food as medication
Making excuses for not exercising
Comparing myself to others
Creating unrealistic expectations

4.  5 things you require in a lover.
The ability to be gentle
The ability to compromise

5.  5 things you are tired of.
Being alone
Conversational landmines

Bonus:  What 5 things will you never share on social media?
Images of my naked body
Identifying information about my child
Where I live
Medical information
Social security number

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Commercial Construction Analysis

In my quest for understanding, and soon thereafter, replicating a commercial weight corset, I finally took an off-the-rack (OTR) corset out of my closet and really looked at it. You might ask yourself why I didn’t start with this prior to ever even thinking about making my own. You might, because I did. I asked myself why the heck it had taken me that long. I didn’t, and still don’t, have a good answer.

I pulled this out of my closet to compare the weights and placements of the boning. I’m comparing this OTR with the construction of what I’ve been making in accordance with pattern directions.

Here’s what I found:
Corset Notes.jpgMy first note was that the busk is obviously twice as heavy as what I can buy from my vendor and it may be as much as three times heavier. The busk I am able source is so light that I can easily flex it. I may even be able to bend it completely in half, should I care to try. There is zero give in the commercial corset busk. None. At all. I tried, really tried, to bend it.

In addition to the extremely heavy busk, there are three channels with heavy flat steel bones (per half, six in total). The patterns I’ve been working with don’t call for any.

Also, the commercial corset utilizes spiral boning not only at the seams but in the center of the panels as well. I thought, before examination, that perhaps they used 1/2″ spiral bones while I’ve been using 1/4″. This turned out not to be the case. Same width, double the count (pattern depending). This is nutsy coo coo or, as the kids say, cray-cray.

Of minor interest is the alternative spacing for the center grommets. I understand that this particular OTR is a waist training corset and that those grommets support the bulk of the stress when tight lacing. I never considered changing the grommet template to account for this. I like the logic and, because it’s symmetrical, I don’t find it offensive. I may incorporate this method into future designs. It will allow for an extra grommet at the highest point of stress. That can only be a good thing.

In summary, the weight I’ve been trying, and failing, to mimic in my hand constructed pieces is entirely from lack of boning, both in weight and number, not layers of fabric as I had initially thought. This is also why they feel so flippin’ flimsy.

Now that I have this knowledge, I need to problem solve. Installing the additional spiral steel bones is not a big deal. I imagine I have the skills for that right now. I can probably finagle space for flat steel channels. Probably. I’ll have to go over the pattern again to be sure.

Of primary concern is the busk weight. As I’ve mentioned previously, the heavy weight busk I am able to order is one inch wide, rather than the half inch that all patterns call for. That’s not going to work. My current thought is to insert the busk with a half inch flat steel bone behind it for strength. I’ll also take one more look around the web to see if I can find an alternate vendor, though buying several busks from multiple vendors for the sole purpose of assessing weight is not something I plan on doing. Not at nearly 20 bucks a piece, plus shipping. I’m going to kick it around my brain for a bit and see what I come up with.


Hypersensitive Algorithms

So, I was boppin’ around Pinterest today and made the mistake of clicking on something because it had the That can’t possibly be what I’m seeing factor that I simply had to enlarge. This was a mistake.


WTF? Seriously. What the ever loving fuck?!

So, Pinterest with its overeager, far too ready to jump in with both feet algorithms has now filled my feed with things I could have gone to my grave without seeing. Look!!


This stuff epic level creepy. I don’t need to see it.

You’re going to need to back it down, Pinterest. I don’t want to look at it. No, not even if it’s dipped in gold.


McCalls M7339 – 1st Draft

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First full mock-up

I have completed the first mock up of the 7339. Mostly. A few words on that in a moment.

I’m happy with the construction. I made this with the pattern adjustments I based on my pattern mock-up. I also enlarged the modesty panel both in length and width because I was unhappy with it in the initial construction.

The following things didn’t work and will be corrected in the next draft:

  • It’s still too big. Though the proportions are correct, I’m not happy that I can’t tight lace. In spite of the alterations to the original pattern, I can fully close this without any effort. The next version will be a full pattern size smaller with additional changes to pull in the waist.
  • The bra cups are … weird. They seem to be HUGE which does not make sense. On the next draft I’m going with a C cup instead of the D shown above. Above, I said that I’m mostly finished with this draft. The “mostly” is because I can’t for the life of me figure out how to install the underwire in the cups. I don’t see that making a significant difference, at least not the size difference I need.
  • The busk does not lay flat against my sternum. I’m not sure why. Granted, I did insert a busk that was not called for. The busk I’m using is very light weight and the vendor doesn’t supply anything heavier, unless it’s double the width, which won’t work for this design.  So it does have enough give to bend forward slightly under the weight of my breasts. There is also the underwire issue. I doubt that would cause the busk to move to sit where it belongs but it could be a factor. I have to take that into consideration.
  • The shape of the modesty panel needs to change. Enlarging it caused it to stick up oddly. In addition to enlarging it, I reinforced it with heavy fabric instead of interfacing. In the next version I won’t do that as it caused the panel to be far too heavy and it’s likely it would create pressure points when tight lacing.

I admit I’m a bit disappointed that I need to make another draft. I have fabric on hand for the final that I’ll actually get to wear. I have to remind myself that this is not a failure. Each time I make a draft, my skills improve. I am moving forward even if I have nothing to show for it … yet.

TMI Tuesday: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby.

TMI Tuesday this week is all about YOUR sexual guide.

Lovers Guide

1. Write your 3 sexual commandments and share them here at TMI Tuesday.
* You will know all about the little man in the canoe and strive to find him each and every time.
* You will know how to be excruciatingly gentle as well as rough and tumble and know which to apply in a given situation.
* You will be compassionate.

2. Tell us your 3 D’s of relationship destruction.
Dumbing it down
Determined to be uncompromising

3. WikiHow lists several steps to seduce someone What are your top 3 moves of seduction?
LMAO!! Asking someone about their “moves of seduction” when they can’t begin to understand flirting … yeah … no … not so much.

4. What is your sexual healing?

5. Would you attend a class that taught you how to have an orgasm?
Sure. I already know how but I believe you never stop learning. Who’s to say there aren’t more ways than I am presently aware of?

Bonus: In which areas of your life are you overly confident?
None. I am lacking in an appropriate level of confidence in nearly all areas of my life. Being overly confident is beyond imagining.


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Happy TMI Tuesday!

McCalls M7339

This pattern has been an absolute joy to work with. I saw a pattern review on youtube that suggested this would be somewhat difficult for beginners. Granted, I’m not a beginner but I found the pattern to be simple and the directions to be comprehensive. There are even tips, aimed at beginners, like labeling cut pieces to avoid getting them confused during construction. If a new sewist works methodically and carefully, there is absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t be able to make a flawless corset.

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I have completed the sizing mock up and I’m pleased with the project thus far. The corset will have a high back, eliminating muffin top, and will cup my iliac crest nicely.

I’ve learned from past projects that when I make this with all of the dictated layers and boning, it will turn out slightly smaller. Knowing this, I still chose to pull it in a smidge at the waist (about an inch), helping to accommodate my trained waist, as well as to nip in the hip and rib spring a touch.

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I did this at the side seam and it will only effect two pattern pieces — four panels in total. You can see there is now a bit of space in the back and, again, I expect this to increase an inch or two more when properly constructed.

The breast cups were a bit floppy on the dress form, due in part to the underwire being on a slow boat from China, literally. (My local store doesn’t carry them.) I tried on the mock up to make sure the cups would fit. While the cups fit, I was unable to ascertain the fit of the rest of the corset because without boning the high back collapses in on itself. It was a hot mess. I’m going to trust the fit of my dress form … mostly because I have no other choice.

My next step is to make a full mock up that reflects the above adjustments, this time with all the requisite layers and boning.

TMI Tuesday: Random Randomness


1. Would you rather be the smartest or hottest man/woman in the room?
Well, since I’m usually both …. Bwaahahahaha … no, seriously … I would hands down rather be the smartest. Beauty is given not earned and it fades with time.

2. Do you get aroused by hearing the sexual moans and noises of others having sex, e.g., neighbors, people next door in hotel room?
At night, it pisses me off because I’m trying to sleep. During the day I find it amusing and usually wonder why she isn’t gagged if she’s going to be making all that racket.

3. What are some small things that make your day better?
Food used to make my day better but I’ve stopped using it as medication. Laughing helps. Engaging in creative pursuits definitely improves my day.

4. It’s the night before Christmas and you hear footsteps on the roof — what do you do?
Uh … call the cops? The date on the calendar is immaterial.

5. What does your ideal Saturday morning look like?
Since this is make believe, my ideal morning would involve a dozen doughnuts, a carafe of hot cocoa, and morning cartoons … the GOOD ones with Schoolhouse Rock, Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, and Marvin Martian.

6. What does your ideal Saturday night look like?
Hanging out under a blanket and binge watching with a snuggle buddy on an overstuffed couch surrounded by copious amounts of junk food.

Bonus: What is the craziest, most outrageous thing you want to achieve?
Still dreaming in make believe land – I would love for my poly family to live happily and transparently under the same roof without tension of any kind. (Stop laughing. I said it was make believe.)


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