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
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.
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.
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?
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!