Saturday, December 24, 2011

1910's corset pattern and instructions



In 2010, I wrote 2 articles for the online magazine Foundations Revealed about how I created a recreation of an antique corset from the mid-1910's. After a year on that site, I regained the rights to republish that article for free on my own website, so I thought I would share that with you all as a little holiday present from me! The original articles had more information about the research, pattern cloning techniques, and comparisons with the original garment, but I figured that people would be the most interested in the pattern and construction instructions, so this is a condensed version. This corset is a very easy garment to make up, and I hope this helps some of you with your 100 year Titanic anniversary and Downton Abbey costumes in 2012. Merry Christmas to you all!  :)


finished

11 comments:

Megan Martin said...

Eee, fabulous!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Cathy Raymond said...

I second that (even though I'm unlikely to make a 1910s corset for myself).

saraquill said...

I'm intrigued about what you said about not needing to micromanage corset fit. Does this also apply to overbust corsets, or are they a different beast?

Jen Thompson said...

Saraquill - Sorry for the slow reply. Personally? Yes, I try to keep the proportions the same even with overbust corsets. That means that I need to pad the bust at times, but that was a very period practice. Victorian corsetry is all about smoke and mirrors, and it is as much about making the hips and bust look bigger as it is about making the waist look smaller. It's all about creating the illusion of an hourglass.

BUT... I do realize that there is a huge range in bust sizes out there, so this might not be a practical solution for a lot of women. It's definitely easier when under-bust corsets.

Wenche said...

somehow I can't access your website, just the blog and flickr. What's up?

Ci Iliana Mazlum A. said...

Is a beautiful pattern, thanks for sharing :)

Karlie said...

Hi! I'd love to check out your article, but although I can access the text it shows all the image links as broken. Has something happened to the pictures? Your corset looks just beautiful! I'm hoping to have a go at making one myself!

Scarlet Raven said...

gorgeous!

Lindsey said...

I love love LOVE this! Where would you recommend I find a dress (or dress pattern) like the one that's under the corset?

Natalie Ferguson said...

Dear Jen,
Well, here we go...am going to try this corset. Have been staring at the pattern for several months now. As usual, you've done a fantastic job with the tutorial, and kudos too for making a pattern available for a decade for which patterns are still thin on the ground.

Very best,

Natalie

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