The ribbon corset is finished!! Yep, that’s right. I set the grommets and put it on just a few minutes ago and I couldn’t be more pleased.
The pattern was drafted by myself and probably not historically correct. I used my corsets measurements for the waist (from my civil war beauty that needs yet more tucks placed in it) and my natural measurements to get a sort of hourglass shape to the side seams. I wasn’t about to try creating the S-curve and to be honest, my back can’t take it. Blame an old cheerleading accident, I do. So, I opted to go hourglass verses the historical S-curve to save my already dancer-damaged spine.
You can see the four sets of boning channels I put in, per the images I found online. I had planned to make a patch with the channels and attach it was one piece, but found that was a bad plan and switched it last minute. The back boning channels are considerably less since I wasn’t going to be swaying my back like the period version. Instead, I used just two, one on each side of the grommets. It works wonderfully, but I would suggest, if you are going for the S-curve, that you put the four to six you since in the extant garments. You’ll need them.
The front doesn’t have any boning at all other than the busk. Mine is 8inches and I’m glad I didn’t go bigger. It hits at just the right spots for me. Too much bigger and I might have had the shape of the period version, but I don’t have a lot of torso room. I’m a tall girl but my waist and torso are comparably short for my height. I will say that if I could do over, I might have re-enforced my ribbon casings around the busk with a cotton flat-lining idea. They pull a little there in the front but luckily, I did stitch the seam a second time once it was put together.
Once laced together, the gap in the back (with shotty ribbon and lack of a lacer) was about 4 inches at the widest and 3 inches at the waist. Measuring it, it only cinched me about one inch from my usual measurement: 27 to 26. My civil war corset pulls me in at 24inches and honestly? I still feel a bit un-supported so I’ll need to take it in. I will note that I NEVER over-lace myself. I have on rare occasions on accidents and nearly passed out (which is REALLY bad) and promptly had someone (even a random stranger) pull them out so I could breathe. Overlacing is never my goal. I just want to shape.
And I say this to deter any of those tight-lacers out there. You don’t need it! I swear!
Anyway… I’m INSANELY pleased with how it looks and can’t wait to put it with the whole ensemble. It’s comfortable and my ribs can completely expand (yay!) regardless if I carry my breathing really high in my chest. There should be a trend of these: they are fabulous!