February 23, 2012

1911 - functional and decorative

Flossing not only keeps the boning snug in it's channel, it's pretty too. Yea. By the nineteen teens the era of elaborate flossing had waned, but that's no reason you can't go crazy and add ornate embroidery to your sew along corset. Just grab and embroidery needle and thread. The thread can be silk, or a few strands of embroidery floss, or button hole twist like I used on the black sample below.

The aqau is the same thread I used to sew the bias trim and garters and it's a bit spindly, but good enough for a color test. Let's get a better idea of how it would look on the corset.

Aqua, right? The black creates a triangular hole on the corset and is also too geometric against the organic print. The aqua is airier and picks up the color of the bias but doesn't compete with the flower on the print. Who's with me? Aqua!


  1. Aqua! Yes definitely, it looks gorgeous x

  2. Aqua, and the triangles are very deco - looks great! For someone who's never done flossing, could you describe how many layers it's supposed to go through? Does the whole of the design go all the way through both sides of the boning channel, or does some of it sit above the base of the bone?

    1. The flossing generally goes through all the layers, or it can be purely decorative and sit on just the top layer. I'll have a more detailed post this weekend once I get some of the real flossing done.

  3. Definitely AQUA.
    I would also like to see the back of the flossing, does it look the same, or do you take the shorter route between the stitches?