I’ve learned a lot from the experience. The first is that corset making isn’t that bad! The second is that if I use a thinner fashion fabric, I should use a thicker inter-liner (too many wrinkles). And finally, if I am going to trace the pattern pieces off of an existing garment, I need to go back and compare the pieces to the garment with a tape measure. My tracing and eyeballing during assembly didn’t work out. I originally thought it was an inch bigger than my original, (which is what I was going for) but it is much bigger…in fact, some how, it is the same size as the one I tore apart which was an inch to big!
But it is still usable. It will work with my swimsuit and my tea gown (which I will alter soon). Some women did wear corsets with those garments, but they would have been looser. Being cotton, they will be cooler as well and for lounging outfits like a swim suit and tea gown, cool is better.
I do wear a corset almost daily to deal with back pain. If I am on my feet a lot, I need a corset that is tighter than this one goes but if it is a sit a bit, stand a bit kinda day this one will work as well.
So, not a raging success but better than I was expecting! I have the confidence now to say ordering more hardware for another one will not be throwing my money away! That wont happen this calendar year, but perhaps next year.
The Challenge: 19 wood metal bone
Pattern: traced from existing manufactured corset
Year: any year where a underbust works
Notions: bones, busk, bias tape, thread
How historically accurate is it?: The fabric is plausible. I doubt they machine sewed everything. The bones are metal not baleen. I can’t be sure that the original modern corset is based on anything historical. I wonder how many women would have made their own corset? Is it like the modern bra where even the poorest of women bought pre-made and some could afford tailored? So 30%?
Hours to complete: @20
First worn: for the photo
Total cost: $15