These will not be historically accurate reproductions. I don't feel obligated to hand sew eyelets, but I do want to experiment with the various materials and methods used to produce different styles.
So silhouettes and fit can be directly compared all corsets will be made for the same body, mine. All corsets will be made with the same waist measurement. In Appendix I of Corsets and Crinolines it states, "Corsets should be cut two inches smaller than the actual bust and waist measurement to allow for tight lacing; they should never quite meet when laced."
Experience has taught me a corset cut two inches smaller than the actual waist measurement will lace closed almost instantly; forget about never quite meeting. This project isn't about waist reduction, it's about pattern, materials, and technique. Still, I just can't do two inches. I'm going to reduce the waist another inch when I pattern. So all corsets will be cut three inches smaller than the natural waist measurement.
One last regulation.
I gave myself a sewing rule this year that I can only buy fabric if I use a pattern I already have. And I can only buy a pattern if I use fabric I already have. The only out is if I go through the work of drafting the pattern myself then I can justify some new fabric. Likewise, if I manage to weave the fabric myself a new pattern is in order. Seems fair. I'll be drafting a lot of new patterns for this project but I am not going to use that as an excuse to to buy fabric. The goal of the sewing rule is to have less fabric in boxes and nicer clothes in my closet. So for each corset I'm going to go through the fabric I've accumulated to try to find something I can use before I even think of buying anything.