Happily Ever After – Sharon’s Corset
My Once Upon a Time posts are geared toward showing some incredible vintage apparel. Happily Ever After is about being inspired by a vintage photograph or garment, and re-creating it in today’s fabric. Today’s post is seen through the eyes of Sharon Butler, of Tailor Chick Productions, in New York City. Here is the story of Sharon’s Corset…
“Approximately 2 years ago ( Hmm… 3 Yrs ??- don’t remember. I must be getting old!) Anyway- I wanted a Canadian sewing holiday and so I came up and took a summertime corsetry class that they offered at Bra-makers Supply. It was my first time seeing the new Ottawa Street location after they moved from Fennel Avenue.
There were a lot of first time corset makers in the class. I was not a first timer, since I had learned corsetry through the Professional Bra-makers class, but I came to tag along and do my own thing and enjoy being at Bra-makers on vacation. Beverly’s challenge to the class was to look at an array of books with corset photos that she had put out on a table and pick an image of a corset to be inspired by or to recreate in some manner. The inspiration for my corset came from a picture found in one of the many books that she offered the class to look through. It is a “bodice” from the 1600’s or 1700’s that is now located in the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK. I have since seen my inspirational photo again in books at the library at F.I.T. in NYC.