Dissection! I thought I would post a little guide, for anyone interested in what each part is made up of. I find this fascinating, and plan on doing my own “dissection of a dead corset” as my next project.

Source: The Corset Book

Corset Anatomy

Main Fabric – Each panel in between bones all around the corset

Boning – Vertical casings that hold boning all around the corset – except for the front and back where the corset laces and closes

Binding – The area in the front and back where the corset laces and closes

Trim – Top and Bottom fabric seams

Overlay – A sheer plain or patterned fabric that goes over the “main fabric” panels

Top Lace Trim – Lace Trim added to the corset on the top only

Bottom Lace Trim – Lace trim added to the corset on the bottom only

Busk Bows – A series of bows placed vertically down the busk hand made out of ribbon

Busk Buckles – A series of buckles placed vertically down the busk – hand made out of PVC

Lapels – a handmade collar on the top of a corset out of a fabric of your choice

Ruffles – handmade ruffles placed onto the corset in a fabric of your choice

Grommet – the metal rings down the back of the corset where the lacing goes

Corset Lacing – the material of the lacing that cinches in your corset – ribbon color will be chosen by us to match

Front Lacing – a decorative detail that places grommets on either side of the busk to create a lacing pattern with ribbon

Ribbon Color – the color of the ribbon on the details of this particular corset

To those who say “Ouch, isn’t it harming your organs?!” I found these wonderful diagrams on Morbid Anatomy’s Blog from the Wege Zu Kraft und Schönheit (The Way of Strength and Beauty), Film Stills, 1925.

See! No organs harmed.

( I’m not actually claiming that these diagrams are medically accurate. )