Visit the link below for a great 1912 fashion overview!
Though it is probably too late to join the Sew Along and get up to speed with the projects that have already been started, I want to post this as a resource for making your own corsets…
Jo, at http://bridgesonthebody.blogspot.com is a contributor for www.foundationsrevealed.com , a members only corsetry website where articles, tips, tricks and more by corsetry professionals are posted for everyone’s learning benifit.
Jo is currently hosting a 1911 corset sew along. Each post in the series shows step by step info and instructions for creating the 1912 corset pattern. Even if you are making a corset with a different pattern, I’m sure the posts and the comments after each post will help in any corset making endeavor.
Jo also has a free 1910-1914 corset pattern that she drafted herself from an actual period corset. She also has an article she wrote about the corset for FR, that gives a bit of explanation of how the corset was constructed and how she drafted her pattern from it. It seems to be a rather simple and self explanatory corset for those who have some sewing experience. I am in the process of making this corset myself and will one day post on how it turns out. So far, so good!
The introduction of the sew along is in the link below. Read through the subsequent posts and you have a wealth of information at your finger tips!
The following link is to a post on “Choosing Modern, Historically Inspired Shoes”.
I’ve had a few young ladies ask, “what about shoes???” For myself, if the dress covers them, I’m not too worried. But having something similar to the period correct style is sometimes helpful.
For some, buying period correct shoes can be a little out of the price range. The good thing is that most modern shoes have a bit of a throw back flare and have similar shapes or features of past looks and styles. If you are in a bind and need to have the right look, keep your eyes open at the local stores, and you just might be surprised in what you find… Take a look at the post in the link below and you will see what I mean…
Here are two links for corset making materials at really good prices. At http://www.dragontowncorsetsupply.com/ the prices are less expensive than the other one if you are only buying a little boning.
you can buy in bulk and reduce the cost. Also they have all the materials needed for making a corset (i.e. busks, lacing, grommets etc.) I personally recommend Corsetmaking.com to buy the supplies from.