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1609 Bodys by Goldenspring 1609 Bodys by Goldenspring
Silk covered corset made to resemble those worn my Elizabeth Vernon [link]

The interior layers are white linen recycled from a second hand dress. the exterior is beige Thai silk. All visible stitching was done by hand but the boning channels are machine sewn. Binding in self fabric, hand done eyelets.

The corset is a little small, but in my opinion that is better than a little too big, so the front gaps. It may stretch a little with time though. I'm very happy with the silhouette produced, though it is *very* tight. I can breath fine but it digs in some around the hips since it doesn't have tabs like 18th century stays would.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I included this deviation in a news article in honor of Costumery Week in the Artisan Crafts gallery. --> [link]
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Finally I have a computer that works in real time and I'm catching up ;)

Lovely work on this corset, it may stretch a tiny bit but silk isn't very stretchy so it probably won't. As for the bones digging in, from my understanding that's quite common with this era corset, probably why they started to extend the boning into the tabs as in the later corsets. The Queen Elizabeth effigy corset has boning right through into the tabs so un boned tabs probably didn't last too long.

Anyway, you're quite right tight is the only way to get a corset to look good, and better a gap than a loose corset :D
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
these stays are just sooo much tighter that my 18th century ones. They are also more effective in the bust department but it's much easier to breath in the other ones.
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Breathing's always optional when lacing a corset ;)

Always a bit tricky getting the fit right with corsets that close fully, much easier with the 19th C corsetry where a 2" gap is normal to allow for bodily fluctuations.
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Right, well that's the same for the 18th C stays, but they've stretched (and I've taken them in, and lost weight and they've stretched some more so that they are almost too big again.)
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
well maybe you'll be lucky and these will stretch a bit ;)
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celtic-chrys Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Oh, excellent job here! What did you use for boning?
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I used cheapo Joann fabrics 3/16th flat basket reed but I doubled it up in every 5th channel. I'd have liked it to be a little sturdier but it's working ok for now.
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StellarReverie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I really love the shape of this--very elegant :)
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