Corsets and I have a love/hate relationship. So much so that over the years I have learned to make a toile, or a test-run, of any corset or bodice pattern that I intend to use. It adds time to a project, sure, but it also means that the pattern fits *me*.
When I made the toile for this corset, really more a set of Elizabethan stays, I was ready to call "shenanigans" as the toile seemed to fit just right. After the rigamarole with the neckline of the shift, I felt I was legitimately concerned for the overall state of the corset. I was pleasantly proven to be overly-concerned.
|Sticking with the same pattern, Ladies and Gents!|
|The inside of the corset, and all of its dirty secrets!|
I have to thank my Father for the wood-working on the busk. I'm in a bit of a time-crunch and didn't really want to risk disaster.
|I didn't take it all the way out, because it is tied in, but this is the tip of my wooden busk.|
My intention is to decorate my busk, so it is just like nobility and royalty had.
|Front View; Detail|
The overall point of a busk tie is to keep the busk anchored as you stand-up, sit-down, and move around. So, while it was tempting to skip the step of making all those button holes, I didn't want my wood to be poking out and saying hello. ... ahem ...
A note, though. The pattern asks that you make your own bias tape, which I probably should have done. I purchased my bias (again, time crunch) and purchased standard-sized "Single Fold" bias. It was difficult to fit over the seam edges and just very annoying. If I were to do this again, I might still buy my bias (I really dislike making my own) but I would buy "Extra Wide Single Fold" and make my life a little easier.
Oh! Also! You are probably wondering what happened to those lovely tabs that the pattern picture shows, but I do not have on my corset!
To be candid, I plain forgot about them. I got into a groove and there was no stopping me. In retrospect, I am kind of glad I forgot. You are suppose to fit them into the corset as you bind the bottom edge, and as I was already having trouble with my bias-width, it would have taken binding the corset from "annoying" to "nightmarish".