Portfolio: 1890s corded corset

1890s black silk satin corded corset

The Idea and Inspiration:

To make a fully corded, wasp-waisted, sweetheart neckline late 19th century corset.

The corset was based on the 1890 corded corset pattern from Jill Salen’s Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques, with moderate alterations to the centre-front and bust pieces.

Fabric and Materials:

Black silk satin recycled from a vintage obi, dusky pink cotton lining, crisp midweight cotton support fabric, cotton cording, spiral and spring steel boning, metal eyelets.

The Dress Diary:

The pattern, fabric, and cording

Almost done

The finished corset

The corset at Dr Sketchy  (on Sarah’s Livejournal)

The corset at Dr Sketchy II  (on this website)


Salen, Jill.   Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques.

Lynn, Eleri.  Underwear:  Fashion in Detail.  V&A Publishing: London, 2010



  1. Samantha Miker says

    Hello! Fellow costume enthusiast here! I am a high schooler, and I attempted this same style corset earlier this year, and might I just say, yours is absolutely stunning. It leaves mine in the dust. This is just lovely. Just absolutely splendid. I sent this to my teacher and she thought it was beautiful as well.

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