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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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:icongoldenspring:
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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:icongoldenspring:
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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ChocolateGeisha93 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Sorry Goldenspring, this is just me being a pedantic perfectionist, Im not trying 2 be mean or anything, but its spelt "bodice".
Once again, sorry! I just hate it when ppl spell things like this wrong.
Apart from that, I think ur gallery of fashion and attire from the past is AWESOME! ;) ;) ;)
Lots of luv, ChocolateGeisha93
xoxoxoxox
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:icongoldenspring:
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Also, spelt? Last time I checked spelt was a grain. I think the word you meant is "spelled" with a d.
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Well, do a little research!
(not being mean it's just that this is historical) Bodys is the period correct spelling. (It is the plural of "body" actually, I know these days we don't use the Y but this is the 16th century)
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ChocolateGeisha93 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Oh thats right! I completely 4got about the old language!
The 'y' replaced the 'i', didnt it? Awww, sorry, my mistake! :S

U obviously hav a passion 4 the fashions of the past, dont u?
Im also a history buff, but Ive never really considered the clothes b4.
Wats ur favourite era? Mine would probably be Tudor England. I could tell u almost anything about the Court of King Henry the VIII (8th). Its just so interesting! Oh, and the clothes of that era were pretty cool as well! *_*
Nice talking 2 u! Luv ChocolateGeisha93
xoxoxoxoxo
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:icongoldenspring:
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Well, I'm a big 18th century fan but that is because that is the time period in which the place where I live was colonized so there are some historic site from around then that one can go and visit.
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ChocolateGeisha93 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Wow, thats so COOL!
Ur home must hav a very rich history! Awesome! ;)
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:icongoldenspring:
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Well, it's not the oldest part of the US but since I live on the east coast it's pretty old
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:iconchocolategeisha93:
ChocolateGeisha93 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Yeah, I guess so! U must luv having so much history right @ ur doorstep!
Im jealous! ;)
Luv ChocolateGeisha93
xoxoxo
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
...Not to say that there aren't times I *WANT* the dishing - the later elizabethan/early jacobian really need that curve, but sometimes it seems like other people's stays don't have the same problem, with or without busk.

How did you pattern this? was it trial and error? Did you start from some sort of patter? Or was all you had the painting?
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:icongoldenspring:
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
For the pattern i started with a tracing of my 18th C stays and just re-drew the seam lines. I made a cardboard mock up and then did a fitting when I had the fabric cut. Yes, this "dishes" but it's a later style so I think that was what I wanted.

The silk covering was a challenge because it didn't have as much give as the linen but I think I got it working ok (though you can still see a few puckers :( )
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
OMG....*WANT*

Seriously though, I'm so behind on DA... These came out beautifully. How was doing the silk covering? I've always wanted to try it but it seems like it would have a tendency to pucker and not lay smoothly. Also, I have a problem with my stays (especially the ones from later in the elizabethan period with very long fronts, or anything that doesn't have a busk) "dishing" in the front - getting a significant and noticiable curve where they push out over the bust and abdomen. Do you have that problem with these?(it occurs to me that it could be partially caused by my very long torso)
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peculiarlypink Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
very nice!
and yes, a tighter corset is ALWAYS more comfortable than one that is too loose.
beautiful work.
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:icongoldenspring:
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks, yeah. this is a bit extreme on my scale of comfortably tight though.
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Lou136 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Great work !
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Absolutely gorgeous! This picture was taken just a while ago? Oh, I so miss warm weather. It's really terrible weather here at the moment (both snowy and wet).
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:icongoldenspring:
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I was a little cold when we took this photo but it is getting warmer here. Still freezing at night but warm in the day. This is good weather because the farmer's can only make maple syrup when it is cold at night and warm in the day because that is when the sap that they make it from runs in the trees.
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
And you lived where? :D I'm travelling to U.S.A. this summer btw (for a month) :D
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:icongoldenspring:
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Well! you should come to Vermont then (that is where I live) though there isn't really much here. It is very beautiful and we do have some good reenactments (OK, those are mostly in new york state, but they are close to Vermont.) Where are you planning on going? there is a lot of the USA to see so I wonder what you will pick.
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Oh no! :( I travell with my family and I don't get to deside and they want to go to the western parts of U.S.A. and I would have loved to go to the eastern ones! I find them much more interesting (more 18th century places and that). It would have been so much fun to go to some reenactment there!
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:icongoldenspring:
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
It will be wonderfully warm and vacation like in the west though. Are you going to California? (of course, I agree with you and think the eastern US is better.XD) If you do come to the east you must go to Colonial Williamsburg.
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Yes, but I'm not so interested in "vacation vacations" if you see what I mean XD Usually when I go to abroad, I want to go to somewhere all the time. XD My mom complained that when we were in London. I took them to museums nearly every day. There is so much interesting to see. :'D
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I agree with you. Going on a trip just to sit around on the beach is not as fun as seeing things. It is better to explore where you are. To go to museums and try new food, stuff like that.
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primulatook Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing...
and incredibly lovely, as always!
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:icongoldenspring:
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Kathelyne Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovley! In a couple of years when I've gotten through my current list of things to sew (yes, I have a backlog of over a year!!!!) I want to do some early 17th century (amongst other things).
You did a great job with this and I love the shape, I'll be interested to see how you go with unboned tabs for long wearing
I don't blame you for machine sewing the boning chanels! I was looking at some historical garments the other day, and many were quilted. The ones done by hand had big running stitches (about 5 mm a stitch) and the ones with machine stitching on (later ones) were mosty likley to have the quilting on the machine, even if the rest of it was done by hand. So I'm sure the people in 1609 felt the same way about handsewing boning chanels as you do! (except they didn't have access to a machine)
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Idzit Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Professional Artist
So much loveliness. Fantastic work, as always dear.
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Well thank you!
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Katikut Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
O_O Your works are sooooo beautiful. It would deserve a very detailed and honorific comment from me each time, but I'm not good enough in english. My dream would be too have a looot of money, in order to send you a loooot of $$$$$ and commission you. Gah... I'm in france and no one is able to do that here.
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

Have you talked to Janes-Wardrobe? [link]

She does commissions and she's located in France.
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Katikut Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh thanks! I didn't knew her! The only "historical clothes artist" I find on DA are foreign. It's great to meet a French artist! Thanks to you! And thanks for taking the time to send me this link!
:hug:
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
No problem. I hope that works out for you.
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Freygundr Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
ooh i love it! i've wanted to learn how to make historical stuff like this for some time. I really admire your work, it's always awsome!
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Freygundr Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
you're welcome!
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PirateLady-Lizzy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Waa that's gorgerous , It must be hard to wear with such boning ;) Good job :clap:
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
The boning is not all the uncomfortable actually since it is really flexible. mostly it's just tight.

thanks
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
hmmm and I just noticed something, what did you use for the lacing?
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
It's book binder's linen tape (pretty coarsely woven stuff). I got it from a friend so it was free. If I have an opportunity to make some lucet cord that would be more appropriate but this was on hand.

What is it that you noticed?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh, the fact that it wasn't some form of commmon lacing
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
What would be common lacing material?
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