Challenge #1: Foundations
The Challenge: Bustle-era corset
Fabric: Silk exterior, coutil flatlining, cotton lining
Pattern: Laughing Moon #100
Year: 1837-1899, according to the pattern envelope. It's intended for mid to late 1880's.
Notions: Busk, spiral and flat steel boning, two-piece grommets, round polyester lacing, thread
How historically accurate is it? I'd give it an overall 80%. I used some modern materials, but the pattern and fabrics are plausible for the Victorian era.
Hours to complete: About 20, which includes a fully boned mockup and fitting.
First worn: January 10th (four days ago) for a costumed visit to an Impressionist art exhibit.
Total cost: Around $75. Most of this came from the stash, so that's my best guess.