These were my tabistry interpretations in order of creation* from left to right:
- Empire Waist Bodice 2008, inspired by late 18th century Italian. (turned into belly dance costume)
- Cone-shaped Bodice 2008, inspired by 16th century bodices.
- Waist Cincher 2008/2013, inspired by "waspies", or short corsets of the 1900's.
- Hourglass Corset 2009, inspired by the Victorian hourglass shape. (used in this ballgown outfit),
- Underbust Steampunk Corset 2012, inspired by underbusts worn throughout history.
- Victorian Gusseted Corset 2013, inspired by Victorian Hourglass/Pipe Stem styles.
- Tabbed Stays 2013, inspired by long triangular 18th century stays. (Still working on this one.)
* The waist cincher (third on over) is a reconstruction after I cannibalized the original to reuse the tabs on other things. (So glad I don't have to resort to that anymore!) The one shown was actually completed after the red/black gusseted corset (#6). There are also a few pieces that are not shown here. They are the green bodice I made my mother, a pink bodice for my daughter, and my Turkish Vest/Bodice. One other is a cupped corset I started and never finished. I took some progress pics of the cupped corset a long time ago, but I never seemed to get the fit right.
I think I've come a long way. Of all the styles, I've found that the Victorians really took their corsetry to new levels. They can be quite complex. If you're curious, I think the Gusseted Corset is my most successful and easy to recreate. (This is one reason it is the first to become a tutorial.) The middle corset above, light blue and tan, was the most difficult to construct/alter due to the shape of the individual panels.
Its funny how I took these shots (except the last one) awhile back when I'd had a little too much sun. I was pretty proud of myself for lacing them all on my own for the pics. Some need a bit of adjustment, but I didn't have an assistant available to help.
In the future, I would like to attempt a few other styles such as a more S-curve corset and revisit stays and modern cupped styles. I'll hopefully be posting the changes to the Tabbed Stays in the near future. I plan to wear it this weekend to Scarby ren faire. Crossing fingers I can get some decent pics. And, of course, I've still got several tutorials on my to do list.