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Unmentionables - Chemise and Corset

Added Oct 17, 2010

by alasse

Munich, Germany






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.

Material Notes

3 kinds of white cotton: a thin linen weave, a cotton satin and a denim weave




Garment Type
Other, Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.58 PMby NJooste

    This is extreamly pretty, very feminine. Great job

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    Jul 25, 2011, 09.29 PMby pinksalamander

    Just cut this pattern out for the chemise only. Seems very simple, wish me luck and thanks for a great pattern!

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      Jul 26, 2011, 04.47 PMby alasse

      You’re very welcome and I wish you all the luck you might need :)

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    Apr 25, 2011, 10.31 PMby sosa

    love it

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    Apr 15, 2011, 02.37 PMby atrinka

    How sweet!

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    Feb 10, 2011, 08.36 PMby portrose

    Simply stunning, thank you!

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    Jan 6, 2011, 12.40 PMby Mary Beton

    That looks brilliant. I’ve never made a corset out of anything but coutil before, so I might give it a go. :)

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.01 PMby littletrill

    _ thanks for putting the pattern on Burdastyle, I’ve tried and tried and finally I came up with an end result… ^^; http://mommy-silver.deviantart.com/art/unmentionables-191617852 (my photoshop skills are horror and I’ve just been ill, so I’m not looking my best, unfortunately) Though I’ve read somewhere at these comments that the waist ought to be taken in… I’m not fond of that, I’d like to breath and move. The first – and the last – time I wore a real corset, I asked for the “breathing function”. There was none, so said the sales-lady.

    Happy new year!

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      Jan 2, 2011, 06.00 PMby alasse

      Just had a look at it :)
      That comment on deviantart really is me, by the way ;)

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    Dec 20, 2010, 08.53 PMby phoxch

    Thank you so much for sharing! I looked for the corset pattern for long while! I’m going to make Victorian dress for (costume party) celebrating at New Year Eve, I hope I still have time to make corset! I guess it’ll look fantasy! :D

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      Dec 20, 2010, 08.58 PMby alasse

      You’re very welcome :)
      Show us when you’re done!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 10.21 AMby sartina

    LOVE IT!!!!!

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    Nov 21, 2010, 07.19 PMby niminen

    Oh god this is soooo stunning!

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    Nov 15, 2010, 08.40 PMby mmmenta

    I totally love it!!!! all the details are awesome!

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    Nov 6, 2010, 11.20 AMby surfjewels

    Looks really pretty.

    Hannah Handmade Jewelleryhttp://surfjewels.000space.com

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    Nov 6, 2010, 04.20 AMby maxathon

    I LOVE the detail~!

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    Nov 5, 2010, 11.35 PMby nehmah

    This looks to be a superb fit. Congratulations on the lovely embroidery. Nehmah

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    Nov 2, 2010, 07.14 PMby mrsgleds

    This is lovely very sweet, looking forward to getting the patterns

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    Oct 27, 2010, 04.17 PMby alasse

    Thanks for all the nice comments :) I will try and upload the pattern for the chemise and the sample pattern and instructions for the corset as soon as possible, but bear with me, university is keeping me on my toes ;)

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    Oct 27, 2010, 07.58 AMby blmfld

    that is absolutely gorgeous!!! bravo; i would love to try to make that for myself!!

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    Oct 24, 2010, 06.17 PMby Jessica Finch

    Beautiful I love it and I could soo use the patterns at this point I am having to make a Victorian ball gown for my role in a Nutcracker Ballet.

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    Oct 19, 2010, 03.48 AMby sweetcherry

    love it! Beautiful work would love to see a pattern!!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 02.31 AMby distie

    So pretty! I can’t wait to see the dress you’ll put over it!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 12.56 AMby wackyblonde

    What a lovely set of unmentionables. I love the embroidery, such an elegant touch.

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    Oct 19, 2010, 12.48 AMby tinybows

    so cool!

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    Oct 18, 2010, 11.23 PMby olystyrene

    Wow! This is so gorgeous! You’re a very talented young lady!! :)

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    Oct 18, 2010, 09.02 PMby rhianna78

    Very beautiful work! The detailing is stunning! Way to go!

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    Oct 18, 2010, 04.29 PMby mahaila

    really nice! Love the detailing! I just made my first corset….. and I am sure that it will not be my last either. love the blog! keep it up

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    Oct 18, 2010, 04.27 PMby bhs

    it is realy beautiful and romantic. I love corsets in white. great, great, great work

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    Oct 18, 2010, 12.58 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    Amazing work, I have a simplicity pattern that is similar, I hope I can do as good a job as you have done. You look fabulous and I love the blue highlights.

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    Oct 18, 2010, 12.45 PMby medea

    wow O.O der hammer, vor allem auch die gestickten details… unglaublich wunderschön…

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    Oct 18, 2010, 06.55 AMby sabzarap

    Auch ich bin auf das Kleid was du darüber tragen wirst, gespannt… Die “Unterwäsche” ist ja schon mal sehenswert ;O) Über einen Schnitt und eine Anleitung würde ich mich sehr freuen!!!

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    Oct 18, 2010, 05.37 AMby lauriana

    Great corset and chemise. However I have to agree with D3liriums4m4: You are wearing this as a real victorian corset, so if you wanted to make another one and make it (yet more) comfortable and durable, you should take the waist in. Basically, when making the pattern, calculate it for waist reduction, not for your normal figure. This site has some tutorials (in German) for making corset patterns:http://www.natronundsoda.net/main.html And this blog has a lot of information and is connected to a shop for corsettry supplies and patterns:http://marmaladekiss.blogspot.com/ the bloghttp://www.sewcurvy.com/ the shop

    Great work, and I looking forward to seeing the next piece of the costume

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