I have many perfectly good corsets. In fact I have an entire box full of corsets I've made over the last 8 years. But, I tried on a friends' corset with hip gores and through the power of engineering it gave me a bit of a fashionable figure. I'm usually shaped like the rectangle in Vogue pattern's Figure Flattery guide (THE RECTANGLE: Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition.), so only garment shaping* is really going to get me a fashionable figure. Also, its my birthday and who doesn't want another corset.
I went off to copy my friend's pattern (since I know it fits!), which is fairly Edwardian/1890s-1900. I added to the top to bring the corset to a mid-bust finished edge like my other 1870-1880s corsets. The hip gores have a piece of 6 inch elastic that I was only able to find at tutu.com. Some places in the garment district in LA might have it but nowhere in the bay area had more than 4 inches and I wasn't sure if I could just sew two 3 inch pieces together.
* I suppose better diet and exercise would also get me there but corsets seem easier.
|Black coutil on teal silk/cotton sateen|
The corset is a one layer corset with applied boning channels. I flatlined some lovely silk/cotton sateen with coutil for my base layer and used bought boning strips for the boning channels.
|Craft bond is great for flatlining|
|Boning channels sewn|
Still to do:
- cut boning to size and tip
- make lacking placket and put in grommets (fortunately I own a hand press)
- Possibly fancy the whole thing up with some nice black lace. Not historic but would be pretty.
- Bind the whole thing