1865 -1880 Mid Victorian Corset Pattern

No. 1870-1
Necessary for the perfect Victorian silhouette.
Individualized length, plus bust and hip gussets.
Historical references and decoration ideas.
From an 1871 Harper's Bazar pattern.


You will need a metal busk and boning to create this garment.

This pattern includes 13 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 1 pattern sheet. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a reclosable plastic bag.

All sizes 2 – 30 are included.

This is the corset which made the Cuirass bodice possible. Named after the piece of armor, the hard, crisp lines seen in that bodice is structured by the shaping and boning of the corset. Often made of coutil, poplin wool, satin jean, English leather, or strong silk, it shaped the upper body. It was usually lined, and could be three layers thick.

My corset is based on a pattern in the supplement to Harper’s Bazar for October 9, 1871. The bust gores are sized for cups A, B, C, and D. Four sizes of hip gores also accommodate various hip shapes.

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