Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Historical Sew Monthly 2015 #1: men corset/ body belt

This year I've decided to participate in The Historical Sew Monthly 2015. You can read about it here:

And probably it's time to start blogging about my sewing experiments, historical and not only.

The challenge for January is Foundations: make something that is the foundation of a period outfit.

I decided to make men corset/ body belt for my husband for the first half of the 19th century. I've found very few sources about this period men corsets, some of them very dubious, but there are two which seem rather true-to-fact to me:

I used pattern from the second source: body belt from which belonged to Thomas John Chew (1825-1830), USS Constitution Museum Collection. Museum item:

This is the result:

The Challenge: men corset/ body belt
Fabric: 2 types of linen
Pattern: I made it myself according to images of the Thomas John Chew's body belt (1825-1830), USS Constitution Museum Collection.
Year: 1825-1830
Notions: cotton thread, about 11 meters of polyester cord for the cording of side parts (this amount was unexpectedly high to me), spiral steel boning (2 meters), boning tips (20 pcs), 3 buckles for fastening.
How historically accurate is it? It's machine-sewn. I believe that pattern and material are correct. Boning and cords are modern, buckles look very similar to me.
Hours to complete: 13
First worn: Not worn yet, only for making photos.
Total cost: About 22 USD.

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