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.
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. )