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March 12, 2010


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What a tremendous find in that set of hip pads! I have a book from the early 1900's intended for young homemakers with a large section on draping, patterning and sewing clothes for women and girls but not one word on the how tos of corsets and bustles. This must be why: they were expected to be bought.

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In general, I think that women did expect to purchase corsets, bustles and the like. Given their construction and the very specific materials necessary to create the shaping, it wouldn't have been practical to make these on a small scale. Another interesting aspect of this is that most corsets were made by men, as the boning (usually whalebone) was very stiff and could only be manipulated with great strength.

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