Photos, 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.
Many makers find inserting gores and gussets tricky. Two easy step-by-step techniques that will insert them neatly, producing a nice crisp V shape at the bottom.
Sunny concludes her exhaustive study of six Belle Époque petticoats by comparing the remaining construction details and techniques.
Two questions and a short story on the Letters page this month: how to make a set of the 1660 watered silk stays from the V&A, alternative lacing and where to find colored eyelets, a short story from 1913.