This is the second part to a two part series for C1941/1942 Avro laced back corset with belt (utility) focusing on the pattern and construction. The first article can be found here.
The garment was traced off the original garment before being digitised into CAD software. This will be the first pattern available for digital download from my new Etsy store. I made two versions of this corset. The first to replicate the outer part of the pattern using the same construction techniques as the original vintage garment. This would be my test run of the pattern pieces. The second version I would adapt to my own measurements and use it for my design brand Twilight Siren.
VERSION 1: This version is made following the same construction as the outer part of the corset. Two part corset comprising of 5 panels either side in a single layer of coutil. It has a split front busk and lacing at the centre back supported each side with two bones of flat steel. The centre front and centre back panels are faced. Seams are backed with single casings of herringbone weave tape encasing the boning. The top and lower edges are bound in a ribbon tape.
The centre front/ side front and side front/side panel seams are constructed using the felled seam method to encase the seam allowance. Bone casings are positioned more vertically up and down the corset rather than following the seam line. This sample can be purchased through my Etsy store here.
Measurements as Follows: Waist 26″ Hip 32″
VERSION 2 (OSTARA) I adapted the pattern to my own measurements
The corset is constructed from a silk taffeta backed with coutil (pin rolled pieces). Centre front and centre back casings also made with silk backed with coutil. I adapted the makeup slightly from the original garment (joining all the seams right sides together and placing the bone channel to the inside of the garment enclosing 2 bones). I also chose a longer length busk to go the full length of the garment
For this sample I omitted the underbelt seen on the original 1940’s garment focusing on cut and shape over making a historically accurate reproduction.
The corset is finished with gold hardware including the busk and eyelets contrasting nicely with the silk- a little out of my comfort zone as I don’t tend to work with gold.
The corset is decorated with gold tone hand cut lace applique and finished with bead and sequin embellishment.
The Sample can be purchased through my own shop TWILIGHT SIREN here
THE PDF PATTERN CAN BE PURCHASED HERE
GARMENT INFORMATION PACK: INCLUDING LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE ORIGINAL GARMENT (12 PAGE PDF)
CONSTRUCTION NOTES: STEP BY STEP GUIDE ON MAKING UP THE GARMENT, NOTIONS (3 PAGE PDF)