I found a post about these custom buttons. Very neat idea and alternative to the regular look of the busk closure.

Custom Corset Buttons 

by rubyblackbird on Etsy

This is a custom set of 9 corset buttons with dark, gunmetal frames and black velvet centers. 

They are the same shape and design as those in the photos, but with the colors described above.

Conceal your corset closure!
Because when your corset is fabulous enough to wear on the outside, you don’t want it to look like underwear. Not only do the buttons add an elegant, finished look to your corset, but swapping out different sets can dramatically change your corset’s personality to suit varying occasions.

Corset buttons attach individually to each busk closure.

Each button is hand assembled with a metal frame and a decorative middle.

Finished buttons are 11/16in. (1.8cm) in diameter.

To wear, just slide the tab on the back of each button down behind a busk closure until it clicks into place. In the absence of any firm upward pressure on the button, it will remain in place as you move around looking fabulous. To remove, wriggle the button upward with consistent pressure until the divot in the tab is unseated from the busk closure. (see diagram with the pictures).

Have any questions? Contact the shop owner.

(via Etsy Transaction - Custom Corset Buttons for Megan - Black & Gunmetal Gray)

(via Fondazione Cologni Mestieri d’Arte: Alige)

We visited the Atelier Alige, where Alice welcomed us and explained her work a corset maker.

"A corset is a garment composed of various pieces of cloth joined by channels with flat or spiral slats (I use the latter, which are more expensive, but stronger because more flexible). I personally love corsets with a lot of vertical seams, because I think that vertical lines look good on the body. And then every corset maker has his or her own tastes, but for me, the fundamental thing is that every centimetre of the article of clothing must be perfect. If for some reason a client has to undo one of my corsets, she would find that the lining also has perfect seam lines."

What an inspiring view of the inside - between the fabric layers - of a corset! So neat and clean. I admire such perfect work.

Dress 1860–63

I like this dress somehow, although I am not at all into ruffles. What intrigued me was the look of the paisleys on the bottom half of the dress. At first, I was almost convinced that these were cut-outs, although there was no evidence for it like a shine- through of the inner fabric or such. The photo makes it look so real to me. Of course, there should have been a visibility of the dress form stand or legs of this display mannequin/ form…which there is not.

So, I went to the museums web page, and to my delight they had a closeup of a paisley, which shows that it is a velvet applique with a lace trim around it. Mystery solved - and I don’t have to wreck my poor, little brain any longer or doubt my fragile mind… :)

My day can go on now in a regular way until I find my next challenge, which might just be the mess in my house….

(via Historical Fashions)

Another way of “making” a dress form.

Here is quite a different approach of taking an out-of-the-box form and adjusting it to your own measurements or your liking.

Lauren Reeser has her way (really!) with Lilly, and goes to town about adjusting some of her features…

I posted part of the article here. the rest is on her web page, which is an incredibly good source for anyone, who is into historical costuming!

Making a Workable Dress Form - or - The Violent Transformation of Franken-Lilly

This is Lilly straight out of the box. 

Lilly is a dress display mannequin, as opposed to a dressmaker’s form. She has a nice jersey cover over a molded, hard foam body. She has removable arms that can be posed. Her measurements are B34-W25-H35.

LIES. She has CRAZY boobs, and a weird square waist about 26” around.


The original idea with Lilly is that I could stuff some cotton batting around her waist to help achieve my waist circumference, but also length. This didn’t work at all.

Lilly’s problem is that she’s just too busty. She’s a 34” yeah, but not at all like MY 34”. She also had some funny square-ish-ness to her waist. As you can see, the stays don’t work on her.


Solution to Lilly’s problems? A dress form mastectomy.

These are actually more common than it may seem, and often happens to Uniquely You dress forms. In Lilly’s case, I was able to pull down the jersey cover and saw away her body with a sheet rock knife. A large bastard file and some rough-grit sandpaper helped smooth things out.


…Please read on via the web page…

American Duchess:Historical Costuming: Making a Workable Dress Form - or - The Violent Transformation of Franken-Lilly | Historical Costuming and sewing of Rococo 18th century clothing, 16th century through 20th century, by designer Lauren Reeser

FALL 2013 READY-TO-WEAR Christopher Kane (via Artistic Fashion)

The design of this dress is quite intriguing in my opinion, and I think that the shapes seen here can be incorporated into a corset…mostly as an applique, though.

There is a lot that can be added to a rather plain corset/bodice/outfit with cording on top of the fabric, where piping is not possible or not efficient enough. This particular dress could really be an inspiration for an outstanding corset design. But that’s just me…