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19 unique corset pattern drafts, dating 1900-1922, with background research, historical context, and tested patterns.
19 unique corset pattern drafts, dating 1900-1922, with background research, historical context, and tested patterns.
250 backers pledged $13,920 to help bring this project to life.

The last few days in the campaign

Posted by Marion McNealy (Creator)
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It's down to the last 3 days in the campaign, by 3:23 pm Friday afternoon PDT it will all be over, and who knows where the total will be? However, the project now has less than $3000 to make the goal, and is 77% funded, so it's looking a lot better than it did last week!

I've also purchased another round of ads on Facebook, the first round produced really good results so I'm hoping for at least the same results for this next round. 

Please continue to share the link around to friends and groups who might be interested in the book!

Honestly, I'm ready to be done with the fundraising aspect of the campaign and onto the work on the book, so enough about the business aspect and on to fun research material!

Archive.org is a great resource for finding catalog resources, and these two are two great gems, dated about 10 years apart.

W.B.Corset Catalog 1907

This catalog from W.B. Corsets, dated about 1907-1908, doesn't have images for each corset style, which is a real pity, but they do have lovely line drawings showing the very distinctive transitional styles between the straight front styles of the early 1900s and the long line styles of the 1910s.

W.B Corset Catalog
W.B Corset Catalog

 Just about 10 years later, there's a lovely selection of corsets in the mailorder catalog from the Canadian company Simpsons, from the end of WW1. Can you imagine? When this catalog was being looked at, the Armistice was being signed. 

Here, all the styles are illustrated, with details about each corset, including types of boning, fabric and number of hose supporters. 

Simpson's Catalogue Fall and Winter 1918-19

Simpsons, Fall-Winter 1918-19
Simpsons, Fall-Winter 1918-19

 

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