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Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 2

Detail of embroidery

Sandra begins constructing her intricate 1878 corset by tea-dying the fabric, then carefully cording and embroidering the pieces to match a favourite teacup.

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d_gold  
  This is going to be beautiful:-)  
 
sparklewren  
  This is really exciting, can't wait to see it finished!  
 
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corsetra  
  I have heard from cloth doll makers that dyeing with tea can weaken the fabric causing it to deteriorate and fall apart quicker. Are you worried about that?  
 
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s_stuart  
  corsetra: I'm a little bit concerned, but (as with any dye) a good wash and rinse is supposed to remove most of the residues (in this case, tea's tannic acids). I suppose it would have been helpful, though, for me to include the final wash/rinse step in the instructions, up there! (I always forget something...) Thanks for pointing this out. If someone is making a corset that will be placed under heavy strain or worn frequently, they'd probably want to avoid tea-dye.  
 
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plumetis  
  C'est superbe!  
 
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