16th Century Corset in Progress

I’m a bit rusty, but its good to be back in the sewing saddle again. Thought i would start with something easy going, so decided to make an 16th Century corset, inspired by those lovely corsets Cate Blanchett wore in Elizabeth The Golden Age.

I spent ages drawing my pattern as little pieces of memory started to flood back in, but that went really well and i was impressed i didn’t forget anything. I’m making almost all my costumes miniature these days, because it makes you work harder and my resources are only stretching so far at the moment. It was great until i got to sewing the boning in (i’m using cocktail sticks that you get from your supermarket for this) when i realized the front looked great and the back looked awful, so bit to remember next time. I also missed out the long front on the corset that they had in the later half of the 16th century, not a big deal though, will do another one like it some other time. Sewing by hand reminds me how much i miss my ancient sewing machine, i’m going to have to rescue it from storage. I’ve almost finished it, so will post the finished product soon.

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