January 28, 2012

a patterning and construction nightmare

Can you imagine cutting and sewing any of these corsets?

Yikes. This ad was found in the January 28, 1912 edition of the San Francisco Call. I'll say it again. Yikes.


  1. Looks like you found Nemo!

    (Yeah, I'm lame.)

    That does look majorly complicated, but that gives me an idea... you could get a similar aesthetic by splitting the existing gores in a corset into horizontal stripes/triangles for more interest.

  2. I think those are just made of the basic up-down pieces, with a bust gusset and a hip gusset, then some flappy bits (technical term, there) that fold in toward the front.

  3. I have one, so not so hard. You just make a copy!