Well, since I had the 1914 mourning dress sorted, I also needed proper underwear. I have never been particularly fond of the WWI fashions, but since we are getting more and more bookings for that period for the summer, it makes sense to be prepared. Also, since the current WWI interest is going to last for another 4 years or so due to the centenary, we are bound to be either booked for shows, or to make clothing from that era. And so, I bought a pattern and decided to have a go at it next time I was due for our monthly Stitch and Bitch session at Sew Curvy.
Pattern – Nehalenia patterns, 1910 corset – earlier than the WWI, but this type of corset was worn generally till at least mid decade if not longer – a quick look at other sources confirmed it, and so the decision was made. I adapted size 12 – with the bust from size 16, as specified by my measurements.
materials – bits of cotton broche, black – remnants form other projects. Alas, it turned out that they cane from different batches and one piece was darker than the other – but the difference in hue would hardly matter on an underwear corset.
boning – flat and spiral steels enclosed in channels made with herringbone tape.
All components,apart from the lace came from Sew Curvy shop.
mock up first…
Once I saw how flattering the corset can be, I set to making the real thing with renewed enthusiasm…
then eyelets were inserted…
and then the boning:-)
the whole thing was bound in cotton binding
and it was time to try it on…. 🙂
very pleased with the fit – just need some nice lace to put on top, and the make and attach suspenders:-)
And while I was having fun with the kit for my mourning kit, Julia was working on a sweet bridal sheer – a few taster pictures below, official photos not disclosed yet! 🙂
If you like the look of the sheer corset, check out Sew Curvy courses – the was a recent course on sheer corsetry, but i believe the dates for the next one will be announced soon!
once back home I sorted out the suspenders…
and then added lace and a velvet ribbon, flossed the bones for that extra security and fashionable look – and the corset was ready. Here worn over my late Edwardian chemisette and drawers, the stockings and shoes from American Duchess
Altogether, I am very well pleased with the thing – it is comfortable, gives a much better silhouette than I had expected, and above all, serves its primary function – this type of corsets did not aim a waist reduction ( though there is some!), but at streamlining the body, so that the loose, close fitting garments of the era ( hobble skirts especially) looked smooth, flowing down the body in a relatively undisturbed fashion.
In fact, I liked them so much I made 5 others, in different sizes, as a trial batch for our online shop ( news on that shortly) – we will be offering them as off the peg items alongside other corsetry items ( Regency, mid Victorian, late Victorian, early Edwardian) in standard sizes 10-18 🙂