I suppose I should add that there are a number of "firsts" in this garment for me. My first corset of this era, my first time using all steel boning, first time using coutil, first time using a front busk closure, and first time flossing. Why so many firsts? Well this would be the first corset I've ever made that I don't expect to be fighting in. No rolling around on the ground, swinging swords, or flipping over people's heads. And thus I am finally able to make a corset using proper techniques.
It's a pretty basic corset, nothing too fancy. It took me about six tries to stitch around the tapered busk, and I pulled out the flossing more times that I can count. The fabric pencil I used to mark the grommets didn't entirely come out, so there are some unsightly pink splotches at the lacing. I also somehow mismeasured my grommets, so there is an extra on one side. And despite multiple fittings that seemed perfect, on modeling the corset for photos, I couldn't get an even lacing gap. Still I'm pretty happy with it.
Tapered busk (because I wasn't smart enough to stick with a simple straight busk) and flossing.
Lace detail on top.
Other side of busk
The finished product
The back, with the weird lacing gap.
The Challenge: Shape & Support
Fabric: Herringbone cotton coutil
Pattern: Post-Edwardian Corset: Pattern
Notions: Steel boning, bone casing, grosgrain ribbon, bias tape, and grommets*
How historically accurate is it? The pattern was drafted from an antique corset, and I used period-appropriate materials.
Hours to complete: Couldn't say.
First worn: Not yet, except to model.Total cost: About $60, give or take. Most everything had to be special ordered.
*I used grommets from corsetmaking.com, and I never will again. These were not good grommets. My usual source is Landco Leathercraft, and I will be sticking with them from now on.