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Late 1880's corset in black damask flock

Added Feb 2, 2012

by LadyArian

Berkshire, Unite...






My version of the late 1880’s corset from Norah Waugh’s “Corsets and crinolines” :), lined in black satin for ease of wear (satin is slippery, so you’re less likely to get friction burns!) and fully boned with spring steel, spiral steel bones and a 12" steel busk. No, I do not go to the airport wearing it.

A word to the wise – don’t bone the boob area. It pushes them into the stratosphere.

This was the 3rd corset I’d done, and for practicality’s sake, I cut it higher on the hips, but lower on the back and tum for ease of sitting and going to the loo ;p.

Come to think of it, looking at that pic of the back, it really could be cinched tighter…

Material Notes

Black flocked damask
Heavy black satin
White venise lace
5m white corded lacing




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bridal, Casual, Evening Wear, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Punk, Rock, Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage

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    Feb 3, 2012, 08.40 AMby blmfld

    great work i wanna try to make a corset but am a little scared to

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    Feb 3, 2012, 08.39 AMby blmfld

    great work i wanna try to make a corset but am a little scared to

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      Feb 3, 2012, 11.54 AMby LadyArian

      Think of it as a piece of engineering, rather than an ordinary bit of sewing. You make a bodice (I line mine with buckram, but use coutil if you can afford to!). There are various thoughts on technique here: single-layer bodice from coutil, fashion single-layer from any old cloth, leather & drill single-layer, fabric + buckram/coutil/drill double-layer… you get the drift :). My 1880’s and 1700’s are both lined with buckram because I wanted specific cloth on the front. Then, you make the bodice 4" smaller than your actual measurements, sew it all up, then sew it together like a bag. If you’re making tabs, always allow 2" for them. Really. Then you sew the boning channels – making sure you never sew over the opening of ones you need open! So now you have a quilted bodice shape with an open top which you pop the bones into – keep plasters ready, since all the cutting and shaping can hurt quite a lot. The moment when I push the bones into their channels is quite exciting for me ;). Then you sew shut the top and punch eyelets into the back for the lacing :). I always add a placket, but I’m pernickety. Try a practice one on some drill – it’ll help you figure out any mistakes :).

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    Feb 3, 2012, 02.31 AMby kanamithedreamer

    How did you pattern this?

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      Feb 3, 2012, 11.31 AMby LadyArian

      Norah’s book has the basic pattern blocks. I just redrew on paper for my own measurements. It was interesting how different my blocks looked to hers! Still they worked, so it’s all good :).

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