I was stuck on what to make for this challenge. None of my ideas had much of a spark for me, of course my biggest challenge recently has been finding the time to sew!
In the end I whipped up a re-made blouse to corset cover, plus I can wear it under my regency stays and finally get pictures taken of those as well! I was inspired by the many images available on the internet, so these don't come from a pattern. In fact this corset cover stated out as a thrift store purchased blouse. I used this May Manton pattern as my inspiration:
My blouse had a similar shape to begin with, but I altered it heavily to get the look I was going for. I shortened the straps by 5cm on each side, I also slashed the front and removed three repeats of the eyelet pattern. I then removed the lining and added it between the top and original hem of the blouse. I added five pintucks, spaced 3cm apart, to this piece and added a drawstring at the waist. The tie is made from the hem of the lining piece. I still have a bit of fabric left, the piece that I removed that has three repeats of the eyelet pattern. I may use this to make a bust cover as seen on the upper left in this pattern:
To make something like this French corset cover from the Met.
As is, here is my corset cover worn alone and under regency stays.
The sun came out just as I was taking this set, excuse the odd facial expressions.
I think it turned out pretty well, even if it does look rather awful under my stays!
The Challenge: Under $10
Fabric: Cotton eyelet lawn, in the form of a blouse
How historically accurate is it? Erm...not very, say 40%
Hours to complete: Two
First worn: Today, for pictures at least!
Total cost: $1.99 at 75% off so... .50!