I'm currently almost ready with the Truly Victorian Edwardian (yes) corset, but I ran into a conundrum I've been puzzled by for quite some time....So I thought I'd ask the experienced and knowledgeable.
If you look at pictures of edwardian corsets and edwardian mannequins, the hips often jut out rather sharply from the waist, it's much more an angle rather than a gradual slope like there is in victorian corsets. I've seen this in reproductions on real bodies as well (icluding corsets made from the TV pattern), so it's not just an idealized but unrealistic shape.
Now, most corsets have at least a couple of bones at the side-front area, and the TV pattern recommends this as well. I had a very nice angle before I put the bones in (flat steel from sewcurvy, 6 mm, quite light and flexible) but once they're in, the angle, quite naturally, turns into a more victorian slope. My question is: how would you remedy this? The obvious answer is of course to use spirals in that area, but I've almost never seen spirals being used in edwardian corsetry. I guess leaving the bones out there would help the shape, but it leads to the fabric collapsing somewhat and the originals didn't do this and rather than improvising some workaround I want to know how it works in the context it's supposed to work in! I'm curious like that!
Does anyone, perhaps someone who's handled antiques, know what they did to make this work? The other two things I'm thinking of is that their boning was more flexible than ours, and/or they pre-bent it to the shape.
Thanks for any replies, and you'll get pictures once the corset's finished. :)