Still doing research on the dress fabric, but taking a quick break to figure out corsetry, since this will be the most complicated part of the outfit.
So I was all set to do some research, when I found this blog post on Romantic era corsetry by The Laced Angel.
Holy kleenex batman, I can’t really see what research I could do which would be better than that! Basically, I’m done now. Thank you Laced Angel for that post. (I mean, did you see that spreadsheet? Swooooon.)
So here’s what I’m thinking:
- I’m putting a split busk in mine. It’s definitely less common (this fashion plate is the only evidence I can find for one), but being able to dress myself is priority #1.
- I’m going to use something with bust gores and hip gores. So uh, I guess it’s time to learn to sew gores…
- Preferably strapless. Late 1830s has these really off the shoulder gowns, and I don’t want to be futzing with straps.
- Guess this thing will need some cording. That’s a pain.
- Ideally I’d like something somewhat backwards compatible (I’m kindof hankering to do a ridiculous 30s dress with gigot sleeves of doom now) rather than forwards compatible, since my 1850s corset can fake it just find for 1840s.
I don’t think I’m going to go with the 1820s or 1840s corsets from Corsets and Crinolines. I don’t have a clue as to how to construct one of these, so a pattern with instructions would be nice!
001 seems more correct for the time period and would be backwards compatible, but I’m concerned about the straps. I might be able to leave them off, or make them off-the-shoulder enough?
708 is strapless and has a busk, but seems to come a little high on the hips , and I’m not sure how well it would work for late 1820s/early 1830s costuming since it claims to be from 1840s-1870s!