Corsets

 

Half-Boned Georgian Stays

£380

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A beautiful half-boned Georgian corset, the perfect place to start building your Georgian wardrobe. The simple shape combined with intricate tabs splaying over your hips creates the period-correct shape for the late-1700s, smooth and conical.

I will draft the corset from scratch to your measurements. I can either use a gorgeous brocade, as pictured, or if you would like a more period-correct look a twill would probably be more suitable. I would probably recommend false whalebone as there are so many bones and any other alternative would be uncomfortable. Metal eyelets would extend the life of the corset, but if you want a more authentic touch I can also hand-bind the eyelets. 

I, personally, love to wear this style of corset with my Georgian outfits. I have a very small chest, so the horizontal bones provide a lot of ‘lift’ to give the illusion of a fuller bust! Although originally the eyelets would have been hand worked and unable to be tightened as viciously as Victorian corsets, I find that with metal eyelets I can achieve a satisfying amount of waist reduction. I have played around with bone placement extensively so that they sit comfortably on the body while still giving the correct shape for the era.

I have lots of other Georgian corset patterns so please message me if you would like to see them! 

 

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Regency Long-Line Stays

£225

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A lovely long-line corset, perfect to wear as a foundation for your Regency dresses and add that extra bit of Jane Austen authenticity to your ensembles. The pattern is closely modelled after an extant example from the 1820s, combining modern techniques with the historical silhouette to make something beautiful yet wearable.

The purpose of corsets in the Regency era was to streamline the body and push up the chest, not to emphasise the waist as many modern corsets do. They used gussets to smooth over the hips and ‘cup’ the bust, the straps helping to keep the chest elevated to suit the wide, low necklines of the era. A busk at the centre front helps to keep your posture straight and correct, and the embroidery is taken from a genuine pattern from the era to add that extra touch of historical accuracy.

I make these corsets to a ‘standard’ size, or I can draft one from scratch to your measurements. I will make the corset from 100% cotton drill with metal eyelets, steel bones at the centre back and a wooden busk. If you would like me to incorporate period details such as:

  • Cording

  • Quilting

  • Embroidery

  • Hand-bound eyelets

I can do that for you, just drop me a message!

I find that this corset is very wearable and I have worn it beneath my clothes at the last few Jane Austen festivals, both to the promenade and when dancing. It takes a little getting used to, not being able to slouch or bend over with the rigid busk, but once you get over that it’s a very comfortable and easy-going corset.

 

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Regency Short Stays

£90

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These short stays are the perfect thing for those just getting into the Regency era. Not only are they historically accurate, they’re also very similar to a modern bra and so you won’t find the transition too jarring you’re venturing into historical costuming for the first time.

These short stays are eminently popular with my customers, and it’s easy to understand why. They’re pretty, comfortable and also very similar to what those would have worn back in the Regency era. During the 1820s, there was a push for freedom of movement for women, after the strictly corseted and hampering fashions of the Georgian era and women embraced the movement. Short stays like these elevated the chest for the wide, low necklines that were fashionable at the time, while still allowing them to bend and move as corsets before then hadn’t allowed them to do.

I make these short stays from 100% cotton drill with metal eyelets and steel bones at the centre front. If you would like hand worked eyelets, embroidery or any other period details drop me a message and I can give you a quote.

 

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Victorian CB Corset

£255

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This corset is very simplistic in its design but very pretty nonetheless. The sheer amount of bones means everything is supported and it keeps your posture in check, along with creating the smooth, hourglass figure that was so desirable in the Victorian era.

This pattern is based off of an extant example from the 1890s, called the ‘Celebrated C.B. Bridal Corset’ and made by the manufacturing company Bayer & Co. In the Victorian era every woman wore a corset, and new advances in technology meant that the emerging middle-class could now buy items made by manufacturing companies such as these. Symington is a particularly notable example, with the ‘Pretty Housemaid’ corset being advertised to women in domestic service and was one of the best selling corsets of its day.

I sell this style of corset in either a ‘standard size’ or I can make a custom one to your measurements. It’s made from herringbone coutil, steel bones, metal eyelets and a lace border. Please note that the lace changes depending on what I have in stock, if you would like to see what lace I will be using on your corset just drop me a message. I can also change the colour of the ribbon threaded through the lace by request. I currently have white, yellow and blue in my stash.

I have made this corset in the past with beautiful coutils to make them more unique, or I can floss them if you would like a touch more intricacy to your corset. I also have lots of other corset patterns if you would like a different design, just drop me a message and I can give you some options!

I personally wear this corset on a near-daily basis. The bones are supportive to give me the correct posture and the minimal waist reduction means that I have a nice shape while not suffering under extreme tight lacing. I can do all of my daily tasks in this corset with no issues and would thoroughly recommend anyone just starting out in corsetry to purchase this corset as a starting point.

 

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1830s Corset

£180

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This is a beautiful style of corset, suitable for the Romantic era of the 1830s. The gussets give the corset its shape without the use of bones to control the figure, giving a softer, more delicate look.

The 1830s is a very tricky era for corsetry as not many examples survived and it is the transitional phase between the soft lines of the Regency era and the strict hourglass figure of the Victorian. As a result, there aren’t many patterns around so it can be difficult to find 1830s corsets- not any more!

I use the pattern from ‘anachronism in action’ to make this corset, meaning that I do not draft it from scratch as I do with most of my other corsets. However, I will still work to ensure that it will fit your measurements, but be aware that this corset may not fit as accurately as my other corsets due to this.

I offer this corset in two forms; simple or quilted. Simple is made from one layer of twill with steel bones and metal eyelets at the centre back. You can have either a wooden busk or a split busk at the centre front, but be aware that split busks were only invented in the mid-to-late 1800s so it would not be historically accurate. It would be easier to wear, however!

Quilted is made from two layers of twill with cotton wadding between the gusset panels where I will stitch rows to create the ‘quilted’ effect. Again, you can have either a split or wooden busk. If you would like a decorative top fabric then please message me for a quote.

 

£180

Simple

£250

Quilted

 

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Victorian Wasp-Waist Corset

£305

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This corset is a beautiful, quality corset, perfect if you’re looking to build your Victorian wardrobe. The shaped panels lend themselves to create the hourglass figure that was so popular in the Victorian era, strengthened by a waist tape and split busk suitable for the later-dated corset. 

Because of the extreme shaping of this corset I wouldn't recommend it for first timers, only if you have some prior experience wearing corsets. I recall being quite uncomfortable wearing it until I had properly trained my body. 

I usually used herringbone coutil, false whalebone and metal eyelets to create this style of corset. If you want a spoon busk, patterned coutil or decorative flossing just drop me a message and I can give you a quote! 

 

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Edwardian ‘Plunge Front’ Corset

£280

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This style of corset is both stunning and unique, creating a dramatic yet elegant shape. The cups scoop around the torso to support the chest while the waist nips you in, the hip dipping down into a point at either side.

The ‘belle époque’ era lasted from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, and is defined by a boom of economic prosperity, scientific innovation and recognition of the arts. From this exuberant era came corsets such as these, beautifully shaped but still giving a defined waist which gradually diminishes as we move into the Edwardian era where streamlining the body is preferable over an hourglass shape.

I will draft this corset from scratch to your measurements. The price includes a corset made from twill with steel bones, metal eyelets and metal busk. If you would like any variation on this, such as a decorative top fabric, false whalebone or additional suspenders drop me a message. 

Personally, I love wearing this corset. I think it is better suited to someone with a larger chest than my own, but I still find it comfortable and practical as an everyday corset. The cups sit quite high under the arms which is unusual in a corset, so you may notice this if you are a seasoned corset wearer. It is not uncomfortable, however, just something new to get used to.

 

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