This is a downloadable pattern that you can print at home, on your standard printer with Letter/A4 size paper or at a professional printer, like Kinkos.
A corset cover is typically worn under sheer summer styles, to keep the corset from
showing through the dress. They can also double as a chemisette, peaking out from under a
bodice. Plain versions are meant to hide. But you can also find decorative versions. Usually,
they are made of white muslin, but they can also be made of a colored silk for under dark dresses.
View A is a popular style of corset cover see in the 1860s and 1870s. It is wide on the
shoulder, with a moderate low front and back. The original had many rows of lace/ribbon along
the front piece, that would show under low V-Front bodices. This view works best with a lace
beading with ribbon, to help fit the neckline.
View B is popular during the 1870s and 1880s. It is higher on shoulder and back, with a
moderate or low front, square neckline. It can be made with or without the small sleeve.
Both views have a seamed front to fit over the bust, and wide hips to fit over hoops or
bustles. They both close with buttons at the center front. The neckline, sleeve, and hip edges
can be finished with a lace trim, instead of a hem, to reduce bulk. The seams are finished with
either a French Seam, or Flat Fell.
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