An antique corset from 1919 for you all

 I just finished adding all the construction details to the web page for this one. A special treat for me was finding this corset in the pages of one of my antique corset catalogs. I really LOVE when I can date a corset exactly!

Click on the photo to go to the page on my website where all the details and other photos are listed. 

I do not mind if you save and use my photos for your personal reference only. 

I will be adding many more corsets to the website in the next few weeks/months. Some of which will be offered for sale. 

Approximate dates for these stays?

Can anyone provide an approx date for these lovely stays?

Firstly, these at the Met museum, which only say 18th century on the info page

Also, how do you think the shoulder straps did up, as there are no lacing holes or anything. (you can zoom in to look more closely). Presumably these laced over the stomacher at the front - I'm a bit confused because that would make the centre back piece kind of weird looking to me, but otherwise it would be even weirder.

These ones from Ninya Mikhaila say "1700" on the page, but I'm not sure if she means actually the year 1700, or perhaps the 1700's more generally.

I'm trying actually to find stays from around 1680-1730, but the one's I like seem to all be from later on, so if you have a couple of links lying around to stays from this date, that would be handy.

Thanks! And I hope you enjoy the pics if you have not seen them before.

pink mid 18th century stays

I am making a pair of mid eighteenth century stays for a robe a la francaise.
It has front lacing over a stomacher, and back lacing. This is most because my client has a bust meassure 4 cm less than my dress stand, so i hope the stays could be more ajustable to her.

They are made from pink silk taffeta and the edges are made from bias cut green silk taffeta.
The boning is wissner 7 mm. boning.

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Antique corset of the day.... an 18th Century one!!!

This one is one of my rare treasures and seriously needed to be shared. There is so little info out there on the actual 18th century stays and how they were really made. There are lots of photos for you to study if you are interested in corsets of this type.

Here she is, Antique Corset #0140:

(Click click on the pretty corset to see it's page on my website)

(Sorry, this one is not for sale.)


Antique corset inspiration

As some of you know, I have reunited my entire corset collection with the intention to sell off about half of it. Deciding which to let go has been very difficult for me, I love them all!

I had fallen far behind on photographing, studying and documenting them over the last two years. I will be trying to get all 170 of them on my website by the end of January if possible (wish me luck!)

To see my antique corset collection that is currently online go here :

To see the antique corsets that I am currently offering for sale go here:

Here are a few of my favorites that I recently added to the site but are NOT for sale
(sorry, the new ones for sale will be added soon):



Some of the corset descriptions are very specific and some have not yet been expanded. I will update them all to be as specific as possible so we may all learn from them. It will however , take some time for me to get through all of them.

God, how I love the pretty old corsets. *sigh*


18th century stay and early 19th cen slippers on e-bay this week

Hi everyone,  I am selling some of my rare treasures on e-bay this week. An 18th century ladies stay as well as a pair of early 19th century shoes with lots of provenance. 

(I am selling lots of other junk too but I am just showing the good stuff!)

Please have a look if you are interested:  


Stays auction:

1802 shoes auction :

I will be listing more antique corsets (as well as lots of random stuff) in the next week. 

Thank you for your time!

The Great Antique Corset Research Project

I am in the early stages of working on a research project documenting the corset manufacturers of the 19th & 20th centuries:

I am also compiling a list of manufacturer's corset style numbers and the years they were released/available/advertised to help museums and collectors accurately date their antique corsets. It's a huge and ongoing project likely to take decades at least.

As you can see I have very little info so far. If ever you have information, even if it's just documentable basic dates and facts, I would be very interested. If you have very specific info such as documentable, dated ads or catalogs showing corset brands with style numbers I would LOVE if you could contribute your information to the project. (I am sorry, I am too poor to pay at this point.)

All information I collect will be shared with the public though may eventually become part of a book as well.

If anyone has an antique corset with a known manufacturer and style number I may be able to give you a date for it (or a date range, some manufacturers re-used style numbers it seems...darn you Nemo!).

Thank you everyone,


Antique corsets for sale...again

I am sorry to re-post about these corsets but e-Bay had cancelled the auctions because I had links to my website in the listings. 
(I did not know that was a bad thing, now I do)

So, I have listed several antique corsets for sale on my website.


As always there is detailed construction info on each corset's page.

This week I will also be adding numerous items to the Antique sewing patterns and corset making supplies pages on my website as well as all sorts of stuff in my e-bay store.'s_Antique_sewing_Patterns.htm

Thank you for your time and consideration.
If you can buy anything I would be sincerely grateful and so would my mortgage company.

(Please forgive my cross posting)

Selling some of my antique corsets sad to see them go but it is time for another collector to have some of my pretty old corsets.

Here are the four corsets for sale on e-bay this week, all are Edwardians.


As always, you are all welcome to copy and use my photos for personal use, research, inspiration and education but they NOT for any form of commercial use or within any publications without my permission please. 

Corset Construction FYI:
All of these corsets are made in the most common construction method of the period. A single layer of strong fabric sewn with flat felled seams. Onto which the bone casings are applied on the inside, over the waist tape. The center front and center back panels are the only ones which have two layers.  They wanted these corsets to be strong and thin.