Elizabeth Vernon, Countess of Southampton, 1590Comparing sixteenth century corset patterns to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each one on the body.

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16th century Comparative Corsetry By Lindsey Eastman
This is exactly the kind of article I was hoping for when I joined this site. Couple of questions: What size and shape of reed did you use in the effigy? ie. 1/4" flat? How sturdy is the reed boning and does it hold up to heat well?


16th century Comparative Corsetry By Lindsey Eastman
Hi Meghan!

I'm really glad to hear you liked the article! I used the 1/4" flat reed and I put two per channel (on top of each other rather than side by side). I bought it from a basket making website. The reed is wonderful for the heat because it's very light and it breathes because it's natural. I have seen the reed in corsets break along the waistline after extended use, and I broke the reed in a tab during a fitting when it caught on something and bent backwards.

I hope that helps!

Lindsey Eastman

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