Sunday, October 30, 2011

Victorian Corsets

Hello again and Happy Halloween!

I know it's been 6 weeks already since my last post, but a lot has happened in my life, so I didn't get to do much. In the last weeks I have mostly been working on the corset for my Foundations Revealed article which is scheduled for January.

On Tuesday I will start in my new job and it won't leave me much time to sew outside of work. So there probably won't be any new stuff here for some time.
But before I go on my blog-hiatus, I wanted to show you the two 1880s Semibust Corsets I made some time ago. For more details please see my previous posts about them. As both corsets are made of the same pattern you can very well note how the kind of boning and construction can affect the fit and shape.

First we've got the single layer corset with external bone casings and flat steels throughout:
I was positively surprised how the cording helped holding the flatsteel in shape at the bust. Other than that, the bones keep a quite smooth line in the waist. The corset was not broken in when the pictures were taken. It would probably mold better to the shape with longer wear. Yet it felt quite comfortable already.

Then we've got the double layer corset with internal bone casings and flatsteels at the central front and back and spiral steels through the rest.
You can see that the spiral steels are molding better to the body, giving me a nice hourglass shape. Yet at the bust the bones seem to stay straighter than the flatsteels in the other corset. Again this corset is comfortable as well.

I can't really decide which one I like better. Both styles have their advantages and disadvantages. I haven't tested them over a longer wearing time, so I can't tell which one is more comfortable in the end.

Which style do you like better?

Tell me what you think and how you have been.
I hope to see you soon. Take care.