Victorian Corset: In to Fabric

The fabric that I will be using to make my first Victorian Corset will be a black  soft herringbone coutil.

There is a misconception that corsets need to be thick, but actually what is important is that the fibers of the fabric are woven tightly and very dense. Tightly women fabric means that the corset will not stretch easily when it is tightly laced.

So the pattern pieces were put out on the fabric, grain lines all in the correct direction, the seam allowance was down at 1.5 cm along the seams and 2.5 cm along the top and bottom of the corset, this is encase the corset needs to be lengthened.

As the fabric was folded along the grain line to get the two sides of the corset,  making sure the right side-the one where the herringbone pattern was more visible- was on the inside.

The pieces were cut out and then all points were marked around using white carbon paper as this showed up best on the black fabric.

The pattern pieces were numbered, some with a dot next to the number to be able to differentiate between the right and left side of the corset. The front and back panel pieces were also cut double so that they were reinforced for the lacing and for the busk. All of the Corset could have a lining, however this has the potential to make the corset too thick and add extra cm where not needed. If this was a silk or satin corset then it would have to be lined as that would make it stronger, however in this case because of the durability of this type of fabric it was not needed.

So now all of the pattern pieces are cut out and ready to be constructed for fittings to our models.


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