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This is a mid-1860's (Victorian) demi-bust corset pattern in sizes UK8-26 (US4-22). Waist 20-38''/ 51-91cm. There is an option to construct it with one (style A) or two (style B) bust gores. A hip gusset provides the hip spring. Full instructions are given with pictorial information of how to perfect gore and gusset insertions. The bust gores have an alternative seam line shown for +1 or +2'' on the standard size given, and there is an alternative hip gusset that allows for a +2'' on the standard sizes.
ALSO INCLUDES A 25 PAGE DOCUMENT OF CORSET CONSTRUCTION NOTES!
Note - no lacing gap is factored into this pattern. If you would prefer a lacing gap (of 2'') make one size smaller.
A mid-1860’s corset had the following features; - Gores and gussets to provide the bust and hip spring (breasts were allowed to sit in their natural position) - Split busk at the centre front - Front panel is cut on the bias - Gently curved tummy - Short over the hip (skirts were still full in the mid 1860's) - Diagonal boning on the back panel - Lightweight, often one layer or one layer plus a linen liner - Eyelets not offset - Sometimes sparsely boned with the hip area left unboned - Flossing
This pattern is drafted in AutoCAD and downloadable as a pdf file - you will need to print out on size A (letter) or A4 paper, making sure 'actual size' is ticked in your print dialogue box.
A toile must always be made to check the fit of corset patterns – at this stage you can take in the smaller of your measurements and transfer these amendments to your pattern to ensure a perfect fitting corset! You will also be able to test the length of the corset at the toile stage - lengthen or shorten just above the waist.
There are no restrictions on the use of this pattern - use to your heart's content. I simply ask that you don't pass on the file or use it to, say, profit from a line of ready-to-wear corsets.