The Idea and Inspiration:
Ribbon corsets were very popular in the early 20th century. They were comfortable, light, easy to wear and (compared to other corsets), usually fairly cheap.
Norah Waugh has a ca. 1900 ribbon corset pattern in Corsets and Crinolines, and Jill Salen provides two ribbon corset patterns in Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques. I used Salen’s 1902 pattern, but there isn’t a great deal of variation between the patterns.
Fabric and Materials:
Vintage cotton ribbon with woven in patterns of roses in pink and green trimmed with pink piping. Metal bones.
The Corset Diary:
A review of the corset pattern
The corset at a talk on historical underwear
Other ribbon corsets I have made:
|Black & White ribbon corset|
Research and Resources:
Nora Waugh, Corsets and Crinolines
Jill Salen, Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques