I'm a serious ballet student and couturier -yay multifaceted! Those two passions, plus my love for costume reenactments, make this blog possible. Enjoy!

 

steelboneddiva:

“Antique Maternity corset!!! See how the front panels can be let out? Pregnant women could and did wear corsets for much of the pregnancy - if nothing else, the “girls” needed quite a lot of support as they grew bigger. And it would be possible to let out the middle while keeping the bottom tighter to come up under the belly for support. Most of the seams in this one are corded (threaded with cords) rather than stiff steels - softer, more flexible. A corset gives good back support as well.”
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steelboneddiva:

“Antique Maternity corset!!! See how the front panels can be let out? Pregnant women could and did wear corsets for much of the pregnancy - if nothing else, the “girls” needed quite a lot of support as they grew bigger. And it would be possible to let out the middle while keeping the bottom tighter to come up under the belly for support. Most of the seams in this one are corded (threaded with cords) rather than stiff steels - softer, more flexible. A corset gives good back support as well.”

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petticoatguru:




Stays1785-1790, 18th century© McCord Museum

Stays bore the daily strain of a moving, perspiring, body, and rarely survive. The many narrow stitched channels contain strips of stiff baleen, the wavy channels a more pliable cord stiffening. These stays have unusual features, leaving their purpose a bit of a mystery. Comparison with other examples suggests they may have been designed for riding or some other physical activity requiring exertion.

petticoatguru:

Stays
1785-1790, 18th century
© McCord Museum

Stays bore the daily strain of a moving, perspiring, body, and rarely survive. The many narrow stitched channels contain strips of stiff baleen, the wavy channels a more pliable cord stiffening. These stays have unusual features, leaving their purpose a bit of a mystery. Comparison with other examples suggests they may have been designed for riding or some other physical activity requiring exertion.