- Written by Jill Salen
Jill Salen, author of Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques, shares her technique for making corset patterns from the original antique corsets that you can find in museums.
I'm imagining that measuring parts of the corset that don't lay flat might be quite tricky with this method (eg: bust and hips). Is it simply a matter of carefully repositioning the part being measured until it lays flat, taking the measurement (with the "floating" ruler), and then moving onto the next part? And has anyone here ever patterned from a corset that (due to the boning, pattern, or steam-moulding process) refuses to lay flat? If you can touch it with a tape-measure it's all well and good, the challenge is *not* touching it!