I've been diligently sewing, just not the 1844 corset. I should be able to post some progress soon, but in the meantime I thought I'd share a corset I made for a Foundations Revealed article.
The pattern came from La Mode Illustrée number 52, published December 30, 1906. If you've never seen a Mode Illustrée pattern hold tight, they are not for the faint of heart.
I know! The most difficult thing about making this corset was pulling the pattern out of that crazy roadmap. Once that was done the construction was pretty straight forward. I used an unbleached linen canvas fused with cotton batiste so it was very lightweight if not particularly striking. In an attempt to create a low Edwardian bosom I dressed the model in a strapless bra slung as low as possible, which looks a bit odd to me now. But I think the curves from the back are perfect.
Not too far off Anna Held's chorus girls pictured here in 1903.
I hope when I get around to making an Edwardian era corset for myself the effect is as dramatic.