Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques Paperback – Aug 7 2007
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"Although aimed firmly at costume makers, there is still much to interest the historian, textile connoisseur, or indeed, closet corset-wearer." Embroidery magazine, Jan/Feb 2009 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jill Salen is a freelance costume maker, and is widely employed in the theatrical costume industry. She has made costumes for many clients, including The Globe theatre. She is a lecturer in costume on the BA (Hons) theatre design course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Jill is the author of Corsets, also published by Batsford. Jill lives in Cardiff. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The patterns are useful and this is the strength of the book (if you know how to transfer a pattern to a useable size, that is). The text, however, could use some real editing; the text is not the strength of the book. So if you're looking for instructions and accurate and complete historical descriptions, you may be disappointed. There is an awful lot of supposition, which is, I suppose, ok on some level. But if you know anything about costume design, you will be scratching your head periodically.
For instance, the "Swiss Riding Corset 1890" on pages 54-55 is utterly and obviously a boudoir corset - made of "one layer of sprigged jacquard silk" with "eyelets on the edge of the garment". I dare anyone to ride in this and not find themselves wearing shreds after an hour. The author actually states she has a doubt as to whether it was a riding or boudoir corset, but it seems "riding corset" won the day even if it is merely a suggestion in the body of the text accompanying the photo.
While that makes it sound like I hate this book, I most certainly do not! It is beautiful, useful, and interesting. Just don't expect to read it too closely.
It details the stitching and boning required.
The fact that the corset patterns are extremely well illustrated is a must have for anyone who would like to produce a well constructed corset.
I have enjoyed learning all the intricate detail that this book offers.
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