- Written by Jenni Hampshire
Lucy Williams (aka Bishonenrancher) is a passionate corset wearer and collector. She shares her experience of corsetry as a customer and a maker.
I've been following Lucy on Youtube for a while now & have found every video helpful in some way in consolidating my decision to start making corsets for myself.
I had already read all the free articles on Foundations Revealed & wanted to make use of them since I first found the website, but had been reluctant to try because there were some elements I still didn't fully understand. I found that Lucy's videos shared information I needed on these aspects where a visual explanation was better for me than a written one. Lucy has always shared with kindness & her opinion is always as unbiased as she can make it. I feel I have learned along with her & am now very ready to take my first steps into making my own corsets a reality, something I've been wanting to do since I first bought a corset back in 2006 after 2 years of wanting one.
Lucy & FR have been my "supports" in convincing me to take my corsetry knowledge from the past 6 years of study & turn it into real skill!
You may be interested to have a look at some archaeological finds from St Marylebone cemetery from the late 18th/early 19th century, where the ribs of 7 women showed distinct flattening and reshaping due to stays. This is the link to it http://www.museumoflondonarchaeology.org.uk/NewsProjects/Archive/News08/stmarylebonechurch.htm
and if you contact Natasha Powers on npowers at museumoflondon.org.uk she will be able to tell you more about it.