illustration from La Mode Illustree´1899.
at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and was not intended for the heavier wear that standard corsets could take. Strips of strong material, broche and coutil, as mentioned in Norah Waugh's description of this corset, would make it stronger than if it were made with silk ribbon. I want my finished corset to look like a ribbon corset. My plan is to sew an interior layer from coutil, and exterior layer from satin, and anchor them together. The only satin I have in my stash is 4 inch wide, fuchsia, ribbon.
The widest piece of this corset, the side where the boning will be, is 2 inches wide. Adding a 1/2 inch seam allowance to each side makes 3 inches, so the ribbon will work. And when I saw this corset from the V&A collection I stopped worrying that the color would be too much.
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London (museum number T.738-1974) .