When all else fails you can always make a corset

Since none of my other sewing projects were working (evil Laurel dress) I decided to make a corset.

Or at least finish one.

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Corsets are like petticoats for me. They always work.

This one will be worn with a camisole and petticoat for the Pompeii to Paris talk. I really wanted an excuse to include undergarments, but couldn’t figure out how to tie them in with the Classical influence.

And then it hit me – 1910s corsets are the first time since, really, the Roman era, that the emphasis moves from an exaggerated waist and returns to the gentle, overall look of the figure, with a focus on the hips and bottom.

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So here it is, my Aphrodite of 1911 corset (previously the cocoon corset)

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It laces properly on me, but Isabelle doesn’t have as much waist or thighs, so it doesn’t sit right on her.

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I love the super-girlie pastel and lace colour scheme, and the bows and rosettes.

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I still have to figure out the garter fastenings (suspenders here in NZ).

How did they clip garters to stockings in 1911?

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