We are enjoying the Netflix-series Bridgerton with all those beautiful Victorian clothes and corsets, you too? The Victorian era continues to intrigue us. Such a luxurious and unique clothes! Hoop skirts, gigantic hats, dresses in as many as three layers and corsets on top and underneath. Beautiful to see, but a mystery how women could wear these clothes all day...
Corsets are very popular. This is because there is a large group of people who like going to the Fantasy Fairs, or who like the subcultures like Steampunk and Gothic. And of course also the Medieval variant such as L.A.R.P., or Comic hero-based Cosplay. During these events, corsets often play a major role.
As a seamstress it is a lot of fun to make a corset. How do you sew a Victorian corset? We will show it in detail.
A Victorian corset is mainly a corset that is worn OVER clothes for decoration. In the past, corsets were of course also worn under clothing that had an extreme waist-shaping function. The corsets that are worn over clothing are also called bustiers, bodysuits or corselet. While draw-in corsets often fall under 'shape-wear' or waist trainers.
The corset I made is a corset to wear over the clothes, it is richly decorated with borders, straps and ribbon. Victorian clothing often excels in lavish designs, lots of flowers, pastels and gold. The nice thing about this kind of corsets is that you can make them unique by personalizing them and decorating them to your own taste.
Fabric recomandations: canvas prints, decorative clothing and even furniture fabric. As long as it is STURDY and not stretchy.
HOW to make this corset: Detailed work description (in Dutch) with photos: