1840 – 1860 Corset di Medici Historical Sewing Pattern. This early Victorian era corset pattern was created by me, Deb Salisbury, owner of The Mantua-Maker Historical Sewing Patterns.
This pattern includes 10 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 1 pattern sheet. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a reclosable plastic bag.
All sizes 2 – 30 are included. Bust sizes, in inches: 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 59 62
This early Victorian corset pattern is made with hip, stomach, and bust gussets to fit a wide variety of body shapes. The bust gussets have options for A, B, C, and D cups. Options include normal bust gores or the 1855 version with long gores (for “proper respiration”).
My corset is based on a pattern diagram and instructions given in Peterson's Magazine in February and April, 1855.
“We give, this month, another pattern for stays, the Corset di Medici, so called because it does not cramp the figure, but keeps it as graceful and healthy as in the Venus di Medici. With the instructions we gave, in February, how to make stays, and this pattern, ladies, by the exercise of proper ingenuity, can fabricate this corset for themselves. The Corset di Medici is delightfully elastic, yielding to every motion, or respiration. It may be made in plain jean or coutil, or silk or satin. Always carefully measure, with a tape-line, across the bosom, from shoulder to shoulder, across the back, round the waist, &c.; and made the corset to fit exactly; for no dress will look well unless this is the case, nor will the wearer feel easy; and without feeling easy there can be no grace, nor even proper respiration.” Peterson’s Magazine, April 1855
You will need boning and a wooden or a metal busk to create this garment.
Please read all instructions before touching your fabric. There are tips along the way to make your life easier!
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FYI 2 - I do have a cat (allergy warning; my cat has such fine fur I find stray hairs in places he could *never* get to!) but he has little contact with my patterns. My home is smoke-free, but vintage books and trim may carry their own distinctive odors.