Throwback Thursday: Off-white silk corset

Back of the white silk overbust corset

Back of the white silk overbust corset

I’m calling this a Throwback Thursday because this is actually a corset I made a while ago (so I don’t have any work-in-progress photos either). I made this to sell, back when I was hoping to get commissions for custom work (I’m not looking to do custom work anymore).

Last week I showed off a white silk corset using gorgeous sheer embroidered fabric, and this corset uses the same beautiful fabric!

A bit about this corset:

This is an off-white overbust corset with a variety of textures on the outside. Some panels are white silk with sheer cream silk with cream and silver swirly embroidery. Other panels are off-white shantung silk with applied satin ribbon. The ribbon is a darker cream. Other panels are plain off-white shantung silk.

Top of the white silk overbust corset showing the piping

Top of the white silk overbust corset showing the piping

The corset seams are embellished with hand-made piping made of off-white shantung silk. The top edge is also piped, while the lower edge is bound in hand-made off-white shantung silk binding. There’s a purely decorative line of ribbon beside the lacing holes as well.

Front of the white silk overbust corset

Front of the white silk overbust corset

The corset is lined and interlined with white cotton, and has a white and pink waist stay (you can barely see a touch of pink through the lining). This is a three-layer corset (four layers in the sheer panels) suitable for lengthy wear after getting used to the corset.  This is NOT my ‘natural hip’ design, and is designed to compress throughout the garment. There is a front heavy-duty coil zipper at the front. This is stronger than a regular dress zipper… this makes the corset easier to get into than a traditional busk (and more affordable!).

Close up of the white silk overbust corset - the colour of this is a bit darker than it actually is.

Close up of the white silk overbust corset – the colour of this is a bit darker than it actually is.

The corset has back lacing with silver-tone three-piece grommets, and is laced with single-faced satin ribbon (a wider ribbon than is on the corset, but the same tone of darker cream).

This corset would be lovely for a funky Victorian or Steampunk-themed wedding, or for evening wear. There are 14 spring steel bones in this corset.

  • The centre-front length is 15″
  • The waist is 36″ fully closed.
Inside close up of the white silk overbust corset showing the grommets, ribbon, and the slight pink of the waist stay

Inside close up of the white silk overbust corset showing the grommets, ribbon, and the slight pink of the waist stay

This corset has never been worn except for photos, and comes from a smoke-free home.  None of my corsets (unless otherwise noted) have modesty panels or garter hooks.

A ribbon laced corset.

A ribbon laced corset.

 

Note: because the corset is silk, it IS dyeable if you are a skilled garment dyer, however the ribbons are NOT natural fibres, and will not dye. 

Inside of the white silk overbust corset showing the grommets, ribbon, and the slight pink of the waist stay

Inside of the white silk overbust corset showing the grommets, ribbon, and the slight pink of the waist stay

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Want more corsets?

I don’t have any plans to post any more of the corsets I’ve made for a little while (too many of my older ones are too large now for good photos) but if you’d like to see more – let me know!

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