An interesting synopsis of a type of later corset construction. I assume that the materials used do not stretch?
No, there is no stretch in the corset panels.
This is a great article ! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, Marion! Do you have any suggestions for creating lightness when cording? I've tried two layers of coutil (super stiff), alayer of coutil and a top layer of silk (cords showed through), coutil and interfaced silk (ugly)... what are the tricks?
In the Symington collection, there are lots of corded corsets, and they vary in thickness, but the lightest ones had a layer of very fine cotton, maybe a down ticking or similar weight firmly woven cotton, on the back, and the top fabric was a lighter weight twill fabric, not as heavy as a modern coutil.