RedThreaded’s 1860’s Gored Corset Review

Pattern Description:
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.

Pattern Sizing:
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).

Fabric Used:
Coutil (white)
Poplin (grey)
Bone casings
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.

Note the quilting on the hips and bust gores. This is to provide stability and strength to these sections for better shaping. It also happens to look pretty.

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.