Catalog Inspiration: 1912-1913 Corsets

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

I started making a 1910s corset this weekend using Jen of Festive Attyre’s pattern she took from an original corset and very graciously posted for free on her website.  In case you were not aware, Bridges on the Body is doing a 1910s corset sew-a-long right now as well.  Since I’ve been madly patterning away here for the first 1910s patterns for Wearing History I figured it was high time I made myself a corset to wear underneath the samples I’ll be making soon :)  Still a way to go before you get a sneak peak, but I’m sooo excited!

In fitting my corset and deciding on length and such, I flipped through my old Gimbel Brothers catalog from 1912-1913 and found two pages of lovely corset images.  I hope you enjoy, too! Click on the images for a larger version.

16 Comments on Catalog Inspiration: 1912-1913 Corsets

  1. Libby Gohn
    January 30, 2012 at 10:11 am (12 years ago)

    There are going to be 1910’s Wearing History patterns? SO EXCITED!

    • Lauren
      January 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm (12 years ago)

      Yay!!! I’m glad you’re excited :D

  2. Rachel
    January 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm (12 years ago)

    A 1910s pattern!!!! Squee!!!

    • Lauren
      January 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm (12 years ago)

      Yay! Thanks, Rachel! Working on two basic ones right now :)

  3. Cat
    January 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm (12 years ago)

    Lovely pictures – this era is my favourite – thanks for the links to the corset pattern, it’s always nice to find edwardian corset patterns!

    • Lauren
      January 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks, Cat! It’s one of my favorites, too. This is my first 1910s corset and I love Jen’s pattern. It’s been a really fun, relatively quick project so far!

  4. mala_14
    January 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm (12 years ago)

    So pretty! Also good for looking at different types of chemises. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lauren
      January 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm (12 years ago)

      I was noticing that, too! I really want to make a chemise with ribbon shoulder straps now :)

  5. Laurie
    January 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm (12 years ago)

    Historical Sewing on FB is having an Edwardian corset sew along. Very interesting.

    • Lauren
      January 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm (12 years ago)

      Yes! I have signed up and meant to do that corset next, but got sidetracked by this one. I think it’s SO interesting to see the difference between the S Curve corset and this one in such a relatively short span of time!

  6. Jo
    January 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm (12 years ago)

    Thanks for mentioning my sew along! Jen’s pattern looks great, I can’t wait to see your finished corset!

    • Lauren
      January 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm (12 years ago)

      You’re very welcome! Thank you for hosting it!

  7. Haley Buntrock
    January 31, 2012 at 9:38 am (12 years ago)

    I think it is great that you like to recreate historical garments and I especially appreciate you recreating a corset. I love the look a corset gives, although I am sure they are one of the more uncomfortable fashion contraptions, they sure do look pretty. I can’t wait to check back and see your progress.

    • Lauren
      January 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm (12 years ago)

      Thank you so much!
      They’re actually not that uncomfortable as long as they’re fitted correctly. I’m not a tightlacer, by any means. Just enough to get a period looking shape :)

  8. Isis
    January 31, 2012 at 11:59 am (12 years ago)

    For once I realized my limitations and didn’t even start on this project, but I love seeing everyone else’s wonderful work!

    • Lauren
      January 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm (12 years ago)

      Aww! But I LOVE seeing all of your gorgeous creations, no matter what period in time you’re doing!

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