What we wore... Edwardian Shirtwaist & Corset Cover

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I think I've graduated from being obsessed with Victorian Clothing to obsessing over Edwardian Clothing... I've moved a century closer!

This is a very usual corset cover. It is made of a starched cotton (beautiful hand), with heavily starched ruffles over the bust (hiding some beautiful pin-tucks). The Edwardian shape always amused me - it is so unnatural with the large bust and thin hips. You can see how this corset cover would help achieve that look, by adding extra volume to the bust with all of those ruffles! If Ohhh Lulu were around 100 years ago, I probably would have designed this:

The shirtwaist is in rough condition. It is a net lace exterior (which is near perfect) over cream silk, which is pintucked down down the front. The silk has seen better days and is beginning to crumble in quite a few places. It has metal snaps down the back and is quite obviously handmade.

3 comments:

  1. WOW! I am loving these! I am super excited by that corset cover. I haven't ever seen one in real life with the magnitude of ruffles that that one has. I'd need one of those to make the pigeon breast thing happen :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a treasure! I love the Edwardian era, and a friend of mine recently gave me her grandmother's collection of Edwardian laces, which remind me quite a bit of some of your pictures here.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Katrina
    www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog

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  3. Thanks for sharing great collection of Corset i like this collection, there is another collection of
    Corsetswhich i like.

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