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Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques
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You will not find modern overbusts or underbusts in this book!
Things I love about this book:
clear patterns on graph scale. they are only 1/2 scale so easy to enlarge.
2 doll corset patterns which are full scale.
an 1880-5 child's stay band
18th century stays with side lacing which could have been used for pregnancy.
At least one color photo of each corset
small section on construction
Things that would have made this book totally awesome:
Not switching between the terms "stays" and "corset" for the 18th century. (I hope this was an editors change, not the author's error)
more photos of the back, insides, details!
giving the museum accession numbers for the garments so we could contact the museums for more photos.
Info on adjusting the patterns to fit individual bodies
marking the bust, waist, hip position and measurements on the pattern somewhere for ease of alteration.
More construction information.
a nursing corset or a later maternity corset (but that would be just me)
You will need Linda Spark's book for more on construction and fitting of corsets. Fore more information on the construction and fitting of 18th century stays, see "Fitting and Proper" and "Costume Close Up"
The 1830-1840 Rural Corset;
I would date this corset earlier than the author, as it has extremely similar lines to the 1820's. However, I would say that this is an excellent beginner's corset as the pieces are minimal.
The 1860's Corset (front cover);
I was thrilled with how wonderfully this corset came out. I used strategic boning instead of the cording, and substituted a steel busk for the original wood. It is absolutely beautiful, and I couldn't be more pleased.
I have found scaling the patterns up to be ridiculously easy. I scan them into my computer and then double the size and print using photoshop. Easiest scaling I have ever done.
I plan to make one several more soon. As to sizing, however, I will say that I am tall and thin (5'6" height, 130 lbs, 32D bra). I haven't needed to make many sizing changes to the patterns so far.
My complaints about the book are as follows:
1. The author does not use the term 'stays'. Although using both terms would be confusing to a novice, it would be more accurate. The term 'stays' would have been used instead of 'corset' until the mid-1800's.
2. The author dates the corsets to when they were made, not necessarily in style. For instance, the 'German Austerity Corset' was dated to 1917. This style actually was popular in 1912. I know that may seem nit-picky, but it is very important when trying to duplicate a certain look.Read more ›
While it's a smidge annoying that sizes aren't spelled out for every corset, a little simple math has worked for me because she plots out the finished sizes of the pieces rather than adding seam allowance. :)
For enlarging the patterns, I've been scanning the pages into my computer and tracing the outlines in Photoshop to create vector images and then printing them full scale. This is really great for me because I can make my alterations in the computer and am hoping to build up a fitting library for my favorite patterns.
This book is best paired with a more basic how-to for beginners, but an experienced sewer should have no trouble replicating these corsets.
Now if only she'll come out with an expanded edition...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was referred on one of my face book groups. I am so pleased that I ordered it! The photos are beautiful and the patterns are detailed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle R. Evans
Great pics of historical corsets. Assumes that you have some corset making background as directions are somewhat skimpy. Also need to be able to enlarge patterns to fit your body. Read morePublished 5 months ago by GoddessofCostumeryAW
Great book for the intermediate, advanced to professional pattern drafter who had a love for corsets. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Victoria
Wonderful book with fabulous information needed to re-create historic fashion. Thank you!Published 11 months ago by Robert Henry
Great book for those that want to learn corsetry.
This book contains many example of historical corsets starting in the 18th century. Read more
Arrived in perfect condition. Great book! Lots of useful info and patterns.Published 14 months ago by Robert Cannell