It’s been finished for a few days now, and I also whizzed up the period authentic bum/hip pad and ‘chicken fillets’ or ‘bust improvers’ as they were known then. Patterns for these are included in the pattern, all very cool and easy.
So, a reminder. It’s the Truly Victorian E01, 1903 Edwardian corset. It’s designed to give a low, full bust in the approved ‘pouter pigeon’ style, a flat front, and exaggerated hips and bum, all achieved with very little waist compression and lots of padding.
The fabric is reclaimed from some very fancy door curtains I made a few years back. It’s aqua shot silk dupion. This is flatlined to the base layer of beige coutil. Casings are black cotton twill. Boning in the CB and all of the front is flat steel, at the back I used artificial whalebone, doubled in the casings.
I ran a narrow ribbon through the top binding, which is all in the dupion. The beaded ivory lace trim is leftover from the pricey stuff I bought for my daughter’s wedding dress four years ago. I liked the random effect of the asymmetrical motifs.
It’s very comfortable, and easy to wear. I’ve noticed [too late] that the bust pads are causing bulges in the bust gores, but that just needs smoothing next time I wear it. I’m wearing it over my TV combinations [and with my new eBay bargain, lovely Kurt Geiger ‘lace up’ boots.
That’s it really, here are the pics.
Should have been laced a tad tighter, and more evenly. Blame the missus…she was more interested in finishing her noodles than lacing me up.
Impressive chicken filletage, non? Jeez I look old.