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W.H.K. & S. “Catharine Hayes” Corset 2

icon smWhat if a Victorian corsetière had today’s tools and materials? Laurie answers by walking us through a beautiful corset.

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pamelam  
  These two articles are some of my favorites on FR (Luca's analysis of synthetic whalebone is my #1) I have a keen interest in historical corsetry of this era, and this case study is just what I'm looking for. For me, being able to physically interact with an antique corset is the most informative method of study. Unfortunately, I haven't the means to visit collections, nor funds to collect originals. Your thorough report of minute details made me feel like I was right there beside you! More importantly, your interpretation of these details provides valuable context. For example, I always wondered about the presence of those three teeny bones besides the grommets. Every detail in antique corsetry was deliberate and functional. My goal is to understand how these little features add up to create the form and function that I dream of in my own work. Thank you for providing this valuable resource!  
 
dazeoflaur  
  Since creating this I've since spent more time steam molding the boning over the bust so it is more curved, the corset is also too small for my bustline and it appears more flattening than it should. I do hope to create the same corset to my measures such that I can see the final shaping on the body. And sure enough I have worn this corset over the past year and the synthetic german whalebone is wonderful.  
 
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