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Towards a Lighter Corset

iconCorsets don't have to weigh a lot. Here are a few vintage methods you can emulate to achieve a lightweight, yet strong corset.

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j_paul  
  An interesting synopsis of a type of later corset construction. I assume that the materials used do not stretch?  
 
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mmcnealy  
  No, there is no stretch in the corset panels.  
 
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ivyrose  
  This is a great article ! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, Marion! Do you have any suggestions for creating lightness when cording? I've tried two layers of coutil (super stiff), alayer of coutil and a top layer of silk (cords showed through), coutil and interfaced silk (ugly)... what are the tricks?  
 
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mmcnealy  
  In the Symington collection, there are lots of corded corsets, and they vary in thickness, but the lightest ones had a layer of very fine cotton, maybe a down ticking or similar weight firmly woven cotton, on the back, and the top fabric was a lighter weight twill fabric, not as heavy as a modern coutil.  
 
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