Added Oct 17, 2010
I always wanted to have a try at recreating historic fashion, simply as a challenge. Oh and because I think it would be awesome to have it on display in my room ;)
For my first (because now that I started I don’t want to stop!) historic project I chose a late victorian ensemble because it isn’t as space consuming as something with a hoop skirt.
And because I want the dress to fit in the end (even over the corset) I started with my victorian underwear: the corset and the chemise.
I made the pattern for the corset myself and it actually was pretty easy. The chemise started off as two fabric squares and then I just worked out the pattern as I went along.
The chemise is very thin cotton, the corset is cotton satin on the outside and a denim weave on the inside to give it stability. After all, there is a lot of pull on the panels.
I used spring steel boning, because it’s strong and still flexible at the same time.
The front panels of my corset are hand embroidered and I made up the pattern by combining several Photoshop Brushes.
Also check out my blog, where I posted this as well!
My complete victorian project:
Unmentionables – Chemise and Corset
More underwear?! – Bustle and Petticoat
Get dressed, young lady! – Victorian Day Dress and Hat
A Night at the Opera – Victorian Evening Gown
EDIT: I added both patterns now (chemise and corset), but I could not figure out how to make two different sets of instructions. So now step 1-6 are about the chemise and from step 7 onwards it’s all about the corset.
3 kinds of white cotton: a thin linen weave, a cotton satin and a denim weave
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