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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