Corset and bustle making
Over the course of the last 2 weeks I have been doing skills making. First I have drafted a pattern for and made a bustle, followed by drafting the pattern for an making all elements of the corset (including the boning) from scratch. I have used templates from various pattern making books. The underwear is taken from the period of 1870-1890. The style of underwear of this period gave a silhouette as shown in the image (from http://www.angelpig.net/victorian/fashion_1870.html). To be more practical for women and with the introduction of new materials and quicker making methods, the corsets became ‘healthier’ to wear, with a large bustle and not a lot of width on the front.