This is the second true corset I have made, and as usual I learned a lot-mostly through error! I have made a lot of 18th century stays, but they have a very different mode of construction and purpose in constricting and support for the body. I decided to use a spoon busk for the front fastening:
This pattern had lot of pieces, I counted 36 pieces-the outer layer of blue duchess silk satin, inner layer of antique jean twill, and inner lining of antique polished cotton.
This is my new handy tool-a magnet pin bracelet- of course Erik said "nice watch."
It's very handy when working with little pattern pieces .
The busk is the first sewn step. The author recommended numbering the pieces in order, and stacking them in a pile to avoid confusion. It was excellent advice. You work from the busk at front to the back grommet area.
Here you see the bust gores inserted. This era in corsetry favored giant bosom pockets, and large hip pockets, which were padded and stuffed to make that S-curve shape.
I recommend any of the patterns from Truly Victorian, I have made several different things from the line and they are all well drafted.