Edwardian Brassiere

When I had finished the Corset Cover for the HSFs 5th challenge – Bodice, I decided to make yet another entrance.

I’ve been thinking of making an Edwardian Brassiere for quite some time, thinking they look both funny and nice at the same time. And being sure it would help give that strange S-bend shape and pigeon bust of the early 20th century, I decided now was the time.

f6e27b4fd05f29ee287551437c04b1d5My main inspiration.

Since I didn’t had any pattern I decided to drape one one my dressform.

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In the end I decided to get rid of the front dart, taking out the width in the side seams instead.

IMG_6475Cutting the pieces from a regular cotton sheet.

I cut the front piece in dubble layers and basted them toghether.IMG_6492Starting on the boning chanels.

I placed the chanels like in my inspiration pic, and stiched them using the “little metal thingy” to get nice and even spaces in between.IMG_6504

After finishing the crossing chanels, I restitched the outer corners of the cross using smal stiches.IMG_6508

And then removing the stiches inside to make nice crossing boning chanels.IMG_6525

Then I made the buttonholes and put on the buttons.IMG_6521

IMG_6522Pinning the biastape.

IMG_6538Brassiere laying flat on the floore.







Just The Facts:

Challenge: 5 – Bodice

What: A 1900s Brassiere.

Pattern: I draped my own.

Fabric: 0,5m cotton beed-sheet.

Notions: Thread, 3 m self made biastape, 7 buttons and 5m syntetic whalebone.

Historical accuracy: It’s okay. The “pigeon”shape is not as dominant as it should be, but other than that it does look the part.

Time: 4 hours

Cost: About 100Sek (16Usd)

First worn: Not yet, (but I’m currently working on a dress ment to go over it…)

Final thoughts: I’m already thinking about going back and rework it a bit – shortening the sides 1-2 cm and making the whole thing a tad bigger, to get a better fit. Other then that, I think it looks really nice and I love that it went together so easy.

4 thoughts on “Edwardian Brassiere

  1. Did making the sides a bit shorter make the pigeon breast more prominent? I’d love to see what your end result was after your suggested alterations.

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