July 10, 2014

a teens corset from a single pattern piece


I prepared this lovely corset for the upcoming Kent State University Museum exhibit, The Great War: Women and Fashion in a World at War

© Kent State University Museum, KSUM 1983.3.52

Salmon colored ribbon was basted behind cream colored, cotton eyelet to create a striking textile. A double wide strip of the same colored ribbon was basted behind the lace at the top edge. 

© Kent State University Museum, KSUM 1983.3.52

Here is a close up of the fabric and the petticoat hook.

© Kent State University Museum, KSUM 1983.3.52

This corset is from 1914 and it epitomizes the long lines of the fashionable silhouette at that time. The center front is 20 inches long. That's long! The skirt reaches to mid thigh. The fabric was shaped with darts rather than cut into separate pieces. The darts have simply been pressed to the side all the way around the body of the corset.

 
© Kent State University Museum, KSUM 1983.3.52

The center back is 22 inches long. So long that darts were needed below the hip line for shaping.

© Kent State University Museum, KSUM 1983.3.52

The waist measurement of this corset is 25 inches. It's mounted with  2 inch lacing gap, so the waist of it displayed on the form is 27 inches. 

There is a wonderful write up about the exhibit at Worn Through. It opens July 24, 2014. If you are in Northeast Ohio be sure to stop by!

It was so fun dressing and photographing this corset. The pattern created by the contrasting salmon ribbon and cream eyelet looks so Weiner Werst├Ątte to me, and I've already mentioned my appreciation of that aesthetic. Also, I'd never seen a corset made from a single pattern piece. Gorgeous, right?

3 comments:

  1. Lucky you that you got to prepare this number! Beautiful detailing.

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  2. What a beauty! It looked like it was made in a breathe too! "I have this piece of fabric laying around I'll just throw a long line corset together" Wow! Thanks Jo for making us think outside the box.

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