16th Century Corset

Made of green and gold silk damask, coutil, and lined with cotton. I’d originally wanted to make one that spiral laced front & back, but then realized how much longer that takes me to put on vs. a long lace and a non-period Victorian lacing layout… and since I wear this when I perform, speed in dressing is of the essence. It’s machine sewn except for the bottom binding, except that I foolishly decided to try the technique of not backstitching on my machine and instead, by hand, pulling the threads through to the back and hand knotting. WHOA, that took a huge amount of time (ok, but it does look really pretty)!

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The Dreamstress September 24, 2011 at 2:37 am

This is (as with all your stuff) absolutely gorgeous. What did you use as your pattern/pattern inspiration?

kendra October 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Sorry to take forever to respond! The pattern is based on my bodice from my 1660s Nell Gwyn costume, although I tweaked the boning layout (more angling on the side) since it’s strapless.

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