Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Historical Sew Monthly 2015 #2: Blue corset (1864)

I'm extremely late with my February Historical sewing challenge which is Colour Challenge Blue: Make an item that features blue, in any shade from azure to zaffre.

Anyway I decided to finish it. It's 1864 corset from “Underwear. Fashion in detail”.

Extant Corset c.1864- French or English
(Image courtesy the V&A)

Photos of my corset:

The Challenge: Colour Challenge Blue
What the item is: 1864 corset
Fabric: silk, lined with cotton
Pattern: I made it myself according to images of the 1864 corset from “Underwear. Fashion in detail”.
Year: 1864
Notions: silk thread, spiral steel boning (9,5 meters), boning tips (80 pcs), busk, metal eyelets, lace (from my stash).
How historically accurate is it? It's very close. The pattern and material are correct. Boning is modern.
Hours to complete: 32
First worn: Not worn yet, only for making photos.
Total cost: About 79 USD.