I was talking about old (edwardian to 1949) books on sewing with TheLongHairedFlapper on her youtube channel, and she recommended some freely downloadable books from archive . com,
I downloaded them, and looked for printed versions to buy on the internet as some of these have been cleaned up and reprinted by Scholar Select.
Only one of three of the books are available to me for purchase (the art of dress) so I decided to just start reading the pdf versions to see what exactly was inside the books.
"Home dressmaking or dressmaking made easy, by Jane Ford" has a chapter about corsets, their uses and how they should fit.
I thought it was interesting enough.
So for anyone who wants to read it here is the link; https://archive.org/details/homedressmaking00ford/page/n5
Afaik you're supposed to wear a corset like that with a chemise, possibly light padding, a corset cover and possibly also a bust improver.
If you have larger than medium breasts, and they are already sagging without a bra, does this set up provide enough support?
I was thinking "even if the ladies are a little lower than you're used to, the ruffly corset cover would disguise the shape so it's probably not that much of a concern". But support is also about comfort, not just looks, so I am still wondering what other people's experiences are.
As for making an s bend corset and then trying to wear it for other eras as well....would that look ridiculous especially regarding the breast shape?
I'm asking because I am trying to divide my time and attention between a few different fashions. I love early edwardian (that seems to be my most recent fashion obsession, so far I haven't made anything yet), but I also love late 1930's, early and mid 1940's, old school lolita, classic lolita and gothic lolita.
In that case you would ideally want to make items that are widely usable across as many of the fashions as possible.
I realise a modern underbust corset is more suitable for stealthing, since you pretty much make it to follow your own shape and then nip in the waist. And you get to wear your usual bra with it for a modern shape and the lift you are used to.
I have slimmed out of my first home made modern corset, and I'm not eager to make a new one so I was curious about using an s bend corset for use under other eras fashions and seeing if you can make the breast shape blend in with the era of the clothes over the corset.
Any advice is appreciated, especially if you have experience in these topics.