Hi all! This week we are bringing you a wealth of information about boning: what it is and how to use it. To make it easy to digest, and because I have lots of pictures for you, the information will be divided across two articles. Today I’ll cover the various types of boning and how to prepare each one for use. Later this week I’ll post an article detailing a few different ways to install boning. So without further ado, let’s delve in!
In the last post I talked about how I adapted Yaya Han’s peacock costume pattern, M7218, to create my phoenix costume. That post covered my style changes, so today I’ll talk a little bit more about how I created the understructure for this costume.
Yaya Han’s peacock costume is a showstopper, but when I set out to make my own version of her pattern (M7218) I wasn’t planning to replicate it exactly. I knew from the start that I wanted to switch up the color palette, turning the peacock into a phoenix. I went easy on the feathers to keep the cost under control, but chose rich-looking silk fabrics to preserve the drama. I used the side panels of the bodice to indulge in some detailed hand work, and tweaked the construction slightly to suit my fabric choices and personal preferences.