Laughing Moon Mercantile #115
LONG AND SHORT VERSIONS C. 1805-1840 Sewing Pattern with Sizes 4-40, All in the Envelope
Ladies’ Regency and Romantic Corset, Traditional and Theatrical Styles, Long and Short Lengths, with Chemise C. approximately 1805 -1840 View A is a traditional lightly boned, corded corset with slashed and inserted gussets at bust and hip. The corset is lined and corded with cotton string. It is constructed with 5 major pieces, shoulder straps, and eight gussets. The corset is bound on top and bottom. Metal eyelets were invented in 1828 and can be used, or the eyelets can be hand worked. View B is a theatrical version designed to give the same relative silhouette with a simpler construction. It has seven major pieces, shoulder straps, and two gussets. Suggestions are given for boning. Both View A and B can be constructed as short corsets by simply cutting off the bottom of the corset pieces where desired. Instructions are included on how to cut them as well as suggestions on how to make any of the corsets back and front closing. The Chemise is constructed of two major pieces with shoulder straps, sleeves, and sleeve gussets. It has a drawstring neckline all the way around. View A Fabric: Fabric and lining of white sateen is recommended. View A Notions: 20 size 00 grommets, 12” wood, metal, or bone busk recommended, actual size determined by the maker (a paint stir stick can be used) 44” or longer lace. 1 yard of 1/8” wide ribbon. Embroidery floss, Cotton butcher’s string or cooking twine, about 1/16 to 3/32 wide, length dependent on cording pattern. Tapestry needles size 20 or 22. Needle nose pliers. Spiral or flat steel bones, length and amount determined by maker. View B Fabric: White sateen or a light twill. Light broadcloth can be used for lining. View B Notions: 20 size 00 grommets. 12” wood or metal busk recommended, actual size can be determined by maker (paint stir stick). 44” or longer lace. 1 yard of 1/8” wide ribbon. Steel bones, length and amount determined by maker. Chemise: Fabric: White cotton or linen broadcloth. Notions: 2 yards of 3/8” wide linen tape or generic ribbon. Short Corsets, also known as Short Stays—Fabric recommendations remain the same as long corsets but the amount and length of notions will depend on the length of the corset which is determined by the maker. Front closing corset will replace the busk with 2 1/2” wide steel bones and will need additional grommets, length and amount determined by the maker.