(via How to use Lacing Bones) by Farthingales Corset Making Supplies

What is a “lacing bone”?

    A “lacing bone” is a flat strip of steel with rounded ends and several evenly spaced holes down the length of the strip. (See above.)

What is it used for?

    A “lacing bone” is used in the center back of corsets to support the laces that tie the corset up.

Why would you want to use “lacing bones”?

    By using lacing bones you will eliminate the problem of “popped” eyelets/grommets. The grommets/eyelets are set in the steel giving them a very firm foundation and solid grip on the surrounding fabric. There is no better way to support the center back of a corset for long term lacing or for “tight lacing”.

How is a “lacing bone” used? How do I put it into a corset?

    You will no longer need the two bones on either side of the grommets.

        Finish the center back seam as usual (you need two layers of fabric for the lacing bone to eventually go in between). Having first adjusted the back length to accommodate the lacing bones.

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With right sides out, lay the “lacing bone” on top of the corset back. You can use it as a template to mark your hole placement. Mark holes. Remove “lacing bone”.

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Punch holes as usual.

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Slide the “lacing bone” inside the corset so all holes line up.

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Place a grommet or eyelet into the first hole going neatly through the outer layer of fabric, the lacing bone and the lining layer of fabric.
Set the eyelet or grommet as usual. Note: if using eyelets do not use a washer.

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Right side

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Wrong side.

Lacing Bones come in three lengths, 7 ¾ inches (20cm) with 12 holes, 11 ¾ inches (30cm) with 19 holes and 14 1/8 inches (36cm) with 23 holes. They cannot be cut! They are made of chrome steel and are very hard; they will flex but not bend out of shape. The holes are only about 7/32 inch (6mm) in diameter. Our eyelets (series 50-8600-) and our #00 grommets fit these lacing bones. Purchase a set and test the fit with your grommets/eyelets.

(via hourglass - corsets and corsetry)

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013

Certainly not a corset or body shaping garment, but a creative, avantgarde interpretation of the former fashion. Follow the very interesting paths of the weave to form the shape and pattern. It took a rather well thought-out design and crafty detailed sketching to achieve this end result.

I would like to see the back of this creation to see how the opening was handled, because even a super skinny model needed some sort of gap to slip into this…

Corsetry Tools

A new link called CORSETRY TOOLS can be found at the top of the page. It lists some handy tools for sewing and corset making like a sewing gauge, a fashion form or vary form, bias tape maker, etc. with a direct link to a vendor (mostly via Farthingales and the Vogue Fabric Store they are connected to)

Let me know, if you are aware of a good, special tool and maybe even have a link to a vendor, so I can list it here.

I will keep scanning blogs and other corset maker’s web pages for more items.

Maybe I should get some sleep now. My dog and my cats are already in dreamland. I am always the last one…

(via Alternative and Period Inspired Wedding Dresses)

Blue silk corset Copyright © 1987 Theresa Blake. All Rights Reserved.

This is a classic 1780’s corset shape. I have made it for dancers, brides (see “Ivy”, “Flora”, “Cecilia” and “Liquid Gold”), re-enactors and opera singers. It has been constructed as an accurate historical recreation, or turned into a thoroughly contemporary item which looks well, worn with jeans! Each corset will have slight variations according to need. We have removed the hand bound waist tabs sometimes - although I personally think it is far more attractive to leave them on….or expanded them to cover the hips - see “Innes”. We have straightened or raised the neckline or made the bone channels invisible. Leaving the bone channels for all to see is actually very flattering, because it draws the eye from the full width of the chest, in to the waist. So sometimes we have enhanced them by using a contrasting thread to stitch the channel - or metallic thread for some sparkle…

(via Fashion: A History From the 18th to the 20th Century the Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute)

I bought this book at B&N today (for only $19.98). Oh, my gawwwd! What beautiful photos throughout the whole book. I am still drooling as I am typing…!

Very nice piccies of corsets too, but of course the majority is fashion in general. For anyone, who is interested in fashion history, pre-dating the 20th century, this is a great book to own. And inexpensive, if you can get it from the bargain shelf at B&N! Even for $25-35, I find this a great buy, because it has 670 pages with only a few index pages included. The majority is color photos…mostly full page.

If you like to look at the incredibly gorgeous fabrics that were used for clothing during the 18th - 20th century, and also love to pay attention to all the hand-sewn details of that time (before the sewing machine finally made its premiere), this is THE book for you.

I will have to scan quite a few pages over the next few weeks and post them here or in my other blog. Tomorrow, I will leave town for an overnight, but can’t wait to be back and go through this book again.

Here is a closeup of the side and rear view of the corset. As you can see, there is absolutely no lacing in the back. A very strange view, I think. Looks like something is wrong with the photo, doesn’t it?!

Both photos show that the body shaping feature seems to have been accomplished almost completely through the (sewing) pattern of the separate corset pieces and the boning, because there is no further release on the current shape possible.

Does anyone have any input on this kind of historical corset?

(via Body Shapers / Women’s underwear served two purposes in the 18th century. The first function, carried out by the shift or smock, was to protect the clothing from the body, in an age when daily bathing was not customary. Made of very fine linen, the shift was the first garment put on when dressing. Over the shift went the linen stays, heavily reinforced with strips of whalebone. Their purpose was to mold the torso to the fashionable shape and provide a rigid form on which the gown could be arranged and fast…)