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Corset book suggestions

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:41 am
by JC Milwr
Hi all,

I'm hoping to have a go at making a corset for the end of next month (ie June); can anyone recommend any good books? I've made a lot of stuff, but nothing that fitted! Just for once I'm not bothered about period correctness, modern ones ae fine! Also sources for boning and corset hooks/eyes, while I'm here ;)

I guess a good pattern would do, but I'm such a non-standard shape that a how-to book would probably be better.

Re: Corset book suggestions

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 10:12 am
by Jenn
For boning, hooks etc
http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/
They have patterns too so it's a good place to have a nose

Re: Corset book suggestions

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 11:22 am
by Shadowcat
Patterns but no real "how to"
Corsets and Crinolines, by Norah Waugh
Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques, by Jill Salen

Neither of these, in my personal opinion, give any real help to a beginner.

"Period Costume for stage and Screen 1500-1800"
"Period Costume for stage and Screen 1800-1909"

Both by Jean Hunnisett. These do give step by step instructions. The patterns, apart from the 16th century ones, are taken from real stays or corsets.

S.

Re: Corset book suggestions

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 6:51 pm
by Sophia
Your other requirement is a fitting partner - unless you are an absolutely stock size or have a custom dress makers form you will need at least one if not several fittings before you cut your fabric. Heavy duty calico (the heaviest from Macculloch and Wallis) or cotton twill if the best for making your toile for any very fitted item where the seams will be under strain.

Don't forget to consider sitting down in your corset (I have a lovely pair of C16th bodies which still need to be shortened in the back because I didn't think to mention to Shadowcat, when she fitted me and helped me create the pattern, that I would be spending 80% of my time in role sitting down (Tailor's workshop requires energetic hands and ability to talk to kids about period clothes, costs, class, etc. and not a lot of jumping about).

Re: Corset book suggestions

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 7:09 pm
by sally
Are you coming to Cosmeston next weekend? I have the Laughing Moon pattern you are welcoem to borrow, I found it a very good pattern for my shape with sensible fitting instructions when I used it a few years ago. http://www.lafnmoon.com/victunder.htm and I could help you make a parcel tape mock up of your shape one evening from which you can take a comparison pattern for the LM one to make it easier to adjust the fit.

Re: Corset book suggestions

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 4:13 pm
by janes-wardrobe
The laughing moon pattern is really good for beginners and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Definatley worth looking at.

Re: Corset book suggestions

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 4:16 pm
by JC Milwr
Sally, thankyou so much for the offer, but we are pirating in Lulworth :)

Re: Corset book suggestions

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 7:00 pm
by sally
Want me to post you the pattern, assuming I can find it again (did see it last week, so it can't have gone far...). I'm sure you can find someone to wrap you in parecel tape and draw the critical seam lines on so that you have a body template to compare to the pattern for your mock up, funnily enough himself usually volunteers for this duty without any persuasion at all when I'm corsetting :roll:

Re: Corset book suggestions

Posted: Fri May 21, 2010 2:30 pm
by JC Milwr
Sally, that would be brilliant, thankyou!

I will PM you my address :)