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Victorian Corset & Bloomers

Made for my senior project at Missouri State this Victorian corset and bloomers was made to go under my cycling suit. Starting by flat patterning, I created the pieces of the corset based on a research images of a Victorian corset from the Met's costume database. It was the first corset I ever got to work on. After getting the corsets' pattern styled and fit just right, I worked on getting some sections detailed with pin-tucks and embroidery and then cut. I also had the chance to cut steel bones, both straight and spiral. Once all the pieces were cut it was time to put it all together. The top and bottom of the corset was finished with cording. The bloomers were simple in comparison. Made from a basic body block, and made crotch-less to be period accurate, the bloomers were made from cotton blend, eyelet lace, and grosgrain ribbon for the waistband. The corset fabric included a silk blend for the outer layer, a flannel layer, and coutil layer.

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