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Story of a Vintage Corset

Detail of Post-Edwardian CorsetA tatty old Ebay find leads to a fascinating journey of discovery, recreating both the corset itself and its owner's story.

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galadriel  
  What a wonderful article,and I will definitely be trying the pattern out :)  
 
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jobridges  
  Thanks galadriel! Send a picture when you do, I'd love to hear how the pattern worked for you and see what you come up with!  
 
sparklewren  
  Wonderful! At first I was amazed at the economy with which this corset was made (why add lace when everything else involved short cuts?!), but then I compared it to the sweatshop produced corsets of today... I suppose much has remained the same in terms of cutting costs but appealing to the consumer's wish for frills and feminine details :P

May I ask if the model did much moving, standing and sitting whilst in the reproduction? I'm very interested to know how she found the comfort above the thighs, and whether she felt naturally inclined to tilt forwards or had to consciously decide to do so.
 
 
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jobridges  
  Hi Sparklewren! As soon as the model was laced in she began doing little arabesque leaps through the room because she had expected to feel very confined and she wasn't. You can see wrinkles at the hip caused by her jumping. She stood pretty much as she would without the corset, just straight, but it wrinkled across the front at the hipline then. When I asked her to lean forward the wrinkle went away so I figured this was the preferred posture. My posture theory is that like every picture of starlets today shows girls standing with their legs crossed because they seem to think that makes them look thinner, the slight lean forward lean is somewhat of an adopted pose that was thought fashionable at the time.

You are so right about the comparison to sweat shop produced corsets, or really anything, of today. Give the customer what they want at a minimum production cost. Why didn't I make that connection? Thanks for pointing that out!
 
 
sparklewren  
  "My posture theory is that like every picture of starlets today shows girls standing with their legs crossed because they seem to think that makes them look thinner, the slight lean forward lean is somewhat of an adopted pose that was thought fashionable at the time."

That's a lovely comparison. I can picture the red carpet pose now, crossed ankles, one hand on hip with fingers pointing upwards, other hand grasping a clutch bag... and it's interesting to know that she wasn't *forced* into the posture but that the corset became smoother when she adopted it. I wonder if it'll turn out the same with my Hearts toile?!
 
 
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