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merlina
« on: June 11, 2010 07:20:20 PM »

I took a corset crash-course last semester (man, was it intense; we learned a ton and did a huge amount of work in only four weeks). I made a 1785 corset from a pattern in our textbook, "Corsets and Crinolines" by Norah Waugh. Wonderful book! Perfect for those who want to learn about the history, construction, wearing, and every other minute aspect of corsets.

The corset is made of beige coutil, 49 hand-cut and tipped flat steel bones, metal grommets, white Prussian tape for the bone channels, and binding cut of some fuchsia fabric I found at the last minute.

The outside:




The inside:


Close-up of the craptastic binding on the tabs. I haaaate tabs. No wonder corsetiers got rid of tabs in the 19th c. Tongue


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Sorry, no action-photos: the corset now belongs to the theater department of my college. Tongue And even though it's not the loveliest of corsets, who cares? It's underwear, after all. Smiley And it's sturdily made and won't fall apart for a long time. Huzzah! I'm proud of it.
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amazing_784
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2010 07:39:24 PM »

Nice job!  I made myself a corset to wear under the Elizabethan court gown I'm working on.  It was fun, to say the least, and I ended up not cutting tabs for it at the last minute.  The fabric is there, just uncut, so it's one long panel on the side.  It wears well though, so I'm happy with it.
Are you going to make any more, or is this your one and only?
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merlina
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2010 08:43:59 PM »

Nice job!  I made myself a corset to wear under the Elizabethan court gown I'm working on.  It was fun, to say the least, and I ended up not cutting tabs for it at the last minute.  The fabric is there, just uncut, so it's one long panel on the side.  It wears well though, so I'm happy with it.
Are you going to make any more, or is this your one and only?

Thanks! I would love to see the corset you've made (and the gown too, when you complete it!). Will you post them on Craftster?

In the class we each only made one corset. But the class hooked me on corsetry, so I plan to keep making more on my own. The patterns in the book by Waugh are wonderful (though since they are drafted from real historical corsets, they often need to be adjusted and fitted to the modern woman).
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Fontiua
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2010 09:18:06 PM »

Your are a much braver soul than I. You did a fab job.
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m.emery
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2010 03:52:28 AM »

Ohhh! I like that so much.. the colors are great... and the construction looks awesome too!  I would not just wear that as underwear... nope I'd let that sucker shine! 
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Paisley_rose
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010 10:13:11 AM »

nice corset!
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afterannabel
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2010 12:34:38 AM »

I think that's pretty great! I would so not wear that UNDER my clothes. Really looking forward to seeing more corsets from you!
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Tiker
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2010 08:43:54 AM »

Really good work! Looks very very good ^^
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