1860’s Gored Corset sewing pattern, individually sized. These patterns are based very closely on historical extant corsets and patents, but the draft is our own, adapted to fit a woman of average modern proportions. Designed for steel boning and front busk closure. An instruction booklet is included with photographic how-to instructions in a mix of historical and theatrical construction techniques. We also include a supply resources sheet with US and UK based corsetry supplier recommendations and general research sources.
This pattern is recommended for those with moderate-advanced historical sewing skills. Corsets are not beginner projects.
Individually Sized. I sewed a large with alterations described below. My measurements are: 38″, 33″, 46″. I have a 3″-4″ gap in the back (so I could have gone up a size but I already owned this one and it’s not too small).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yup. Again, with alterations.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Quite. Just don’t mix up the side like I did in the front. It’s a mirror of what it should be. Whoops.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The ease of stitching and the fact that it’s basically a single layer (the poplin is flat-lined to the Corset Coutil).
Spiral Steel Bones
Straight Steel Bones
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
You can see the differences from the non-altered green corset and the altered grey corset in one of the photos.
I raised the top edge 1/2″ in the front and 1″ in the back. I widened the top of each of the bust gores by 1/2″ and then curved them in slightly from there after fitting (they flared our straight otherwise). I lengthened the entire hem by 1″. The front busk is 14″ for reference.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely. I think this is my favorite corset pattern by far. Especially because I took the time to fit it to me.
I love this pattern and the shape it gives. I’m a sucker for a great hourglass and this gives that in spades. It may very well become my go-to corset for the foreseeable future.