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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.
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The patterns are completed!

Posted by Marion McNealy (Creator)
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Caroline has been super productive and has gotten all 19 of the patterns made, both for the book and for the printable sewing patterns. Now it's on to the testing phase! 

The next few weeks will be pretty quiet on the project as I'm off to Europe for a professional conference on archaeological textiles, but I do have some good reading for the plane that just came in the mail today: a mid-1920s instruction book from Spirella on how to fit corsets for various figures written for their sales force, and a 1930 sales catalog with price list. 

Spirella books
Spirella books

 

Spirella fitting book
Spirella fitting book

 

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      Richard on

      In fact part of the Spirella factory is still standing and is being used for small businesses. here is a link to a blog post about Spirella from some of our historical society's research. http://crawfordpahistory.blogspot.com/2016/02/downton-abbey-spirella-corsets.html

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      Richard on

      If you need any info on Spirella, I work in Meadville, Pa where the headquarters was located. I work for the historical society, and I could possibly get you any info you want on those corsets!