The Challenge: #5 Bodice
Pattern: I scaled up the pattern from Corsets: Historic Patterns and Techniques by Jill Salen.
Notions: boning, eyelets, bias binding, lacing.
How historically accurate is it? well the pattern is based on exhaunt corset c.1790 held at Hereford Museum. So the 'cut' is right. But I used modern boning, metal eyelets and partially sewed on machine.
Hours to complete: Took me several evenings.
I started by enlarging the pattern in the book by 200%. Measured the 'waist' 29" so almost perfect. Added seam allowances and cut out a toile from leftover polycotton fabric.
I then used a kit of adding eyelets - the kind you hit with a hammer- first to the straps and then to the CF.
I wanted to spiral lace it... so I tried to off set the eyelets....unfortunately I wasn't good at getting them to align. Every time I hit the hammer the fabric moved. lol!