Corset Building, Week Two

In my second week of class we continued draping corset bodices on the dress form. The first style was a straight 8 panel corset, the second an 8 panel corset with a bust dart and pointed front and back.  The third corset was also 8 panels, but it had a top and bottom bust piece cut on the bias.  This was most successful muslin as the lines actually lined up this time. The fourth corset style is of our own choosing, I’ll likely draft an underbust pattern, just to do something different.

Another highlight of the week was going through the school’s fabric stash. I scored a few small pieces of rust colored brocade with yellow bees and fleur de lis. I do not know if there is enough for a complete corset, although it may work well for the underbust I just drafted. I may save it and pattern match the front panels of a straight Victorian corset pattern that I already own. I also came across a yard or two of purple cotton velvet-I see a lot of corset building in my future!

One of these days I will get around to taking a camera to class.

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