Now for something completely different. Maria brings us our very first historical period piece make, and it's wonderful! The work that has gone into the corset on this amazing outfit is just fantastic - take a look below at what inspired this make.

The dress

 The dress - needs no introduction really.

And it's a significant part of the Outlander story, hence I didn't attempt to make this as is. Terry's work on this dress is amazing. There's lots of detailing involved. You can read about it on her blog.  So I've taken elements of this dress as I've never made a corset. My version is not a replica. It couldn't be. But this is a reminder of the awesome work the show's costumers put into the original dress. White Tree Fabrics provided the fabrics and they were excited with this dress concept. 

Here are my starting fabrics from White Tree and I used Simplicity 3809.
It was the white bonded fabric that spurred on my idea to make something like the wedding dress. White Tree Fabrics has the 'right' fabrics to make the dress. Sometimes it's hard to get everything you need from one place but not this time. The bonded fabric is a knit so I interfaced so it morphed into a woven fabric. The silver fabric is much finer than the original dress so I lined the skirt as well as the bodice.
The cream fabric was perfect for the underblouse. I used two layers on the blouse sleeves and pulled the hem edges for a similar fringed edge. This fabric doesn't fray too much so it was easy to create a similar fringe.  The silver fabric is metallic so I cut it out using paper scissors. I used fabric scissors for the other fabrics.

Then came the fun part, adjusting the bodice for the corset.

What you see here is my test version using quilting cotton and the boning. This was good practice. You can also see a close up of the corset being prepped with boning. The boning is sewn onto the lining and not in the seams. There is the inside after I finished the seams. I hand stitched the lining onto the zipper seams. And internal layer of fabric could have been included for a firmer fit. The silver fabric is very light so I used white calico for more firmness but less bulk. 
Below is the finished corset.
The back of the corset is higher than the front neckline. I've also used an open ended zipper for the back centre seam.
So what does this outfit look like on me.....
This dress weighs much less than the original wedding dress in Outlander. There was plenty of work in creating the corset and I enjoyed this process.  It's very simple and uses the elements that work for me. Thank you White Tree Fabric for these fabrics. They've kept me busy while waiting for the next part of Outlander to hit our screens in April.