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1880 Victorian Corset

Added Mar 4, 2011

by heyhogwarts

San Antonio, Tex...






Last semester (fall 2010) I was blessed with the opportunity of studying abroad in London. I took two classes at the London College of Fashion and one of them was making a corset from an 1880 Victorian Corset Pattern to fit ourselves.

The hardest part was putting in the bones and then taking them out to trim then and then trying to put them back in. Because they provided us the basic corset kit, of course they’re going to give us the cheap plastic kind of boning. I had blisters on my hands for 2 weeks.

Material Notes

Black coutil, muslin, lightweight pink brocade, velvet ribbon, rigilene, black satin bias tape, eyelets, busk, black lace, black ribbon.




Garment Type
Lace/Sequins, Other, Velvet

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    Mar 6, 2011, 04.39 AMby marloncosta

    OUTSTANDING!!! This is a really beautiful corset u have made. I like contrasting colors and the lace detail on the neck line. I really enjoy it making corsets too!

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    Mar 5, 2011, 02.09 PMby lauriana

    Very nice corset. I hope you had a great time in London, it sounds like an amazing experience. And, I agree, plastic boning is nasty stuff. I like spiral steel boning for corsets (although you need flat steel at the back, around the grommets), although that is in no way easy to cut to length either.

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    Mar 5, 2011, 06.55 AMby mahaila

    Looks great! What outer fabric did you use? Is it cotton? I ask because I was told to only use 100% cotton, but I have found other fabrics which would be perfect (aesthetically). … I know what you mean about the boning issue, metal boning is definitely the better way…. though more expensive for courses

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      Mar 5, 2011, 07.02 AMby mahaila

      Oops… I just realised you have written that you used brocade… was it OK to use???

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      Mar 5, 2011, 07.14 AMby heyhogwarts

      Yea the brocade was fine to use. The thing is that with most top fabrics, you have to add a layer of muslin underneath it so of course I did that. But other than that I didn’t have any problems with the brocade.

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    Mar 5, 2011, 06.06 AMby halokitty087

    Very beautiful! I love it!

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    Mar 5, 2011, 05.33 AMby leahfranqui

    Wow wow wow! That’s amazing!

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    Mar 5, 2011, 12.02 AMby inthenavy

    Looks Simply Fabulous!

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    Mar 4, 2011, 11.45 PMby ThreadTheory

    Wow, it’s perfect! I love the lace on the top, all the details are just beautiful!

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    Mar 4, 2011, 11.21 PMby kimboat

    gorgeous, amazing job dear!!

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    Mar 4, 2011, 11.18 PMby freakusbzzz

    This is stunning. I love corsets you can wear just as is with no cothing underneath. You did an amazing job.

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