19th Century

Nana’s Corset – beginnings

Remember how I posted that I wanted to finish a corset so I could make shorts so I could make panniers?  Well, you have seen the shorts, the panniers are done but yet to be posted about, but the corset isn’t quite finished.

But it looks pretty amazing anyway, and here is a sneak-peek:

Curve happiness

This corset is my long planned, long awaited version of the Nana corset for me.

Manet's Nana, 1877 (detail)

I’m never going to achieve quite as many curves as Nana (and also, I’m not a teenage courtesan who destroys the lives of every man she encounters – but Manet didn’t know that) but I’m pretty pleased with how I look in it.

I have a waist! And hips! And a bust!

The images of me in the corset are courtesy of Mrs C, who kindly took photos on her camera at a sewing night at her place when I stupidly forgot to bring a memory card for my camera.  D’oh!

I’ve been working on it since the sewing night, and the corset is almost done.  I just need to finish the binding on the bottom of the corset, add the straps, and bind the top of the corset.

Bound bottoms, top and straps still to do

The fabric is a gorgeous silk duchess satin, the same fabric as I made Ninon’s 1660s dress out of.   When I posted about that fabric, Josephine of the Silk Futures  (awesome blog name!) mentioned that she had picked up some of that silk in the same sale in pale blue.  So I begged and pleaded and she agreed to sell me half a metre.  Lovely sweet Josephine!

The pattern is based on what you can see in the painting (the hip pieces are quite evident), and strapped corsets of the 1870s and 1880s.   I have a whole pinterest board of inspiration.

Blue duchesse satin and white sateen lining


  1. You’re sewing impresses me yet again! I’m looking forward to seeing it all finished up 😀

    • ..thankAwww…thank you! That’s so sweet of you. I can’t wait to finish it myself, because I’m just a wee tiny bit over it right now.

  2. Elise says

    That’s my favorite blue. What a wonderful garmet!

  3. I’m not usually a fan of shiny pale blue, but this might just win me over…your work looks beautiful and just like the painting!

    • Thank you! I’m not a fan of shiny pale blue, but this is silk duchesse satin, so it’s not shiny, it’s lustrous. And luminous. Mmmmmmm….. 😉

  4. Hayley says

    Oh that colour is just heavenly! Can’t wait to see it with ruffly straps as well.

    • Thank you! The ruffles will actually be on the chemise worn under the corset – the corset itself will have plain straps.

  5. Woohoo! We’re finishing up our 1880s corsets at the same time! It looks splendid! That blue is breathtaking 🙂

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