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1869 Skeleton Corset

1869 skeleton corsetPhotos, details and a pattern for an 1869 American skeleton corset. It has no fabric between the boning channels, just a few horizontal tapes to hold the bone casings together.

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lauraloft  
  Fantastic article, thank you so covering the construction points in such detail.

Am putting my hand up for the tutorial on CAD for pattern drafting 8-)
 
 
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corsetra  
  Clementine D. Rutherford was a woman, so it should be stated "HER patent.." instead of His.
Women Inventors October 1892 to March 1895
Printed 1895
Patent 514,132 Pin
http://www.lib.muohio.edu/epub/govlaw/FemInv/Women/feminv2.pdf
 
 
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laracorsets  
  Thank you for all your work on this corset article! It is so rare to even find mention of skeleton corsets.  
 
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anielmom  
  Absolutely fabulous article! Thanks for all the hard work you put into writing such a thorough piece.  
 
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yuusui  
  I will also vote for the Rhino tutorial. I just purchased the program earlier today.  
 
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jema  
  spectacular! and a wonderfully written article, so interesting ;0  
 
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sparklewren  
  Yet another vote for a tutorial on CAD :-)

Wonderful article!
 
 
sparklewren  
  Oh, also (to the ed.) if anyone would care to do a general CAD review for pattern drafting which encompasses both PC and mac users that would be great too!  
 
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sblentz  
  Wonderful article. Thank you so much for the time and research you did on this facinating corset. I also vote for the CAD tutorial  
 
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enken  
  Fantastic article; so well researched. What I am wondering is, wouldn't the wearer of this corset suffer from 'bulges' through the gaps? And wouldn't this affect the way clothing lies?  
 
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bsmeyers  
  So much information and a great job on the photo documenting of the original. I am so happy I found this site.8-)  
 
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corsetra  
  Enken, I would agree with you, which is why Fanning soon had mesh in the upper portion of the Royal Worcester corsets. Rutherford had the lattice strips in the front bust, and this particular corset had a layer of fine cloth sewn into it. Below the waist is not as much of an issue as the bust.  
 
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tailor  
  A vote for CAD 101 please!  
 
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roguegirl  
  This corset just gave me a great idea for a costume. Thanks for posting it.  
 
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galadriel  
  Enken Hagge said :
Fantastic article; so well researched. What I am wondering is, wouldn't the wearer of this corset suffer from 'bulges' through the gaps? And wouldn't this affect the way clothing lies?



I was thinking this. Perhaps they were only worn by those who had a small enough frame? Or maybe it is not an issue if worn over a chemise?


I was also wondering the measurements of this? I'd love to make it but would like to know what size it is first :)2
 
 
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corsetra  
  Galadriel Tyranea said :
I was also wondering the measurements of this? I'd love to make it but would like to know what size it is first :)2


It has a 20" waist which is way too small for me to wear so I haven't reproduced it yet.
Bust binding is 31.5 but it curves so that isn't the actual measurement. Hip binding is 32 .25" and is also on a curve.

Since this article was published I have aquired a second Skeleton Corset and it has a larger waist so now I have an idea of how to grade the pattern.
 
 
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heliumraven  
  I've tried experimenting, making a skeleton corset before (though I followed a different pattern) and there are issues with bulges through the gaps-even over my ribs where I have very little fat. I also found that the smaller the gap, the more prominent the bulge was.

Perhaps a way around this would be to create a slightly less tightly lacing corset?
 
 
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Howard Bergstrom  
  I really like the design idea and I think I would make one out of leather but use special latches on the front rather than a busk. This would be a great steampunk type outfit for a well figured lady.  
 
Alexandra Reynolds  
  I am fascinated to have come across this post. I am also fascinated to see references to Rhino above which is a program I used in my architecture days.
Matter of fact, the whole concept of this skeleton corset addresses some of my personal work melding architecture and historical fashion.
I want to know more about availing myself to CAD draft for this purpose, so tell me how I can take part!
 
 
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