|Aren't they sweet!|
Still, I was quite pleased with the finished results and they provided a perfectly acceptable first layer for my costumes.
|The fabric and trimmings all ready to go...|
|The finished camisole|
|Some very frilly knickers!|
Unfortunately, for the next layer I had to cheat a little bit. I had never made a corset before and given the limited time available wasn't sure about attempting one. However, I knew that I would never be able to carry the weight of the cage and skirts without a corset so I had to make do with the closest thing I could find to a Victorian corset. And while it may not be exactly period-correct I have to admit that I do love my What Katie Did corset.
|What Katie Did - Storm Overbust Corset|
|The real thing|
The next step then was the all important one: the cage crinoline. I chose Truly Victorian's cage crinoline and was amazed at how easy it was to put together. Admittedly, I did need my brother to help me cut the steel boning and to slide all of the bones into the casings but following the instructions carefully it was simple to join everything together and I didn't have to do hardly any adjusting to get the hoops straight.
|The kit purchased from Vena Cava Design|
|Gertrude modelling the finished cage|
|A nice view of the extra fullness at the back|
For the underthings then that only left the petticoats which I made up from Truly Victorian's Free Hoop Petticoat Diagram (sorry - no picture) and I was ready for the next step - the gowns.
Next installment - An 1858 Ball Gown