A couple weeks ago I decided I need a new corset. Not "I need a new corset because my other one is worn out/doesn't fit anymore/is ugly and I can't wear my dresses without one," but more like "I need a new corset because I need to do something creative and pretty that is just for me, and, well, I just need it!"
I decided on the 1776 corset on page 40 of Corsets and Crinolines. I'm a little worried because I've only attempted pre-Victorian corsetry twice, and both attempts were basically disasters. I think I have a better idea of the whole theory now, though, especailly about the idea of the boning placement - not the piecing - creating the shape of the corset.
I enlarged the pattern and did a mock-up yesterday. The front was way, way too high (or maybe my breasts are too low, either way. . . ) and the neckline opening seemed to be too narrow in front. I made the front lower and wider and I'm going to do another mock-up. I'm just trying to get a general idea because I hate doing boned mock-ups. I just kind of wonder what's the point? By the time you bone a mock-up, you are only a couple steps away from actually having a completed corset, and I'm going to do this one in plain fabric anyway. I'm thinking of using reed boning because steel just doesn't feel right to me with this era, even though I've never been a 100% accurate costumer, and the whole plastic and/or cable ties thing just kind of grosses me out (I realize that cable ties work and give the right support, etc. I just don't like the idea of plastic being all over me.) The last time I used reed, I used 1/4" oval and it ended up being way too thck. swordlady still teases me about this corset.
I think this time, I might try 3/16" flat reed, like this:
Or maybe this teeny (3/64") round one:
I guess I could do the round in bundles if I needed to. If anybody has experince boning with reed, do you have any thoughts to share? Or any thoughts about corsets from this period?