Achieving That Classic Edwardian Shape: Reconstructing a 1902 Bust Bodice

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by Bernadette Banner

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04.11.2024



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Constance Mackenzie’s starching guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkbRmymbeO4

FOOTNOTES
[1] On the Warren Featherbone patent: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WarrenFeatherboneCompany05.png, http://archives.msu.edu/collections/featherbone.php, http://archives.msu.edu/collections/featherbone_photos.php
[2] https://patents.google.com/patent/US286749

Materials Used:
Bobbinet: B&J Fabrics, NYC. 1/4 yd
Cotton: New York Elegant Fabrics, NYC. 1/2 yd
Flat steels: (x12 1/4”, 1mm thick bones at 10” long, x12 1/4”, 1mm thick bones at 7” long) https://www.etsy.com/shop/MakingItYourself?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=503728970&section_id=20126304&page=4#items
Busk: https://www.amazon.com/VINCA-SSRA-06-Stainless-Conversion-Measuring/dp/B01M3P7Y34/ref=sr_1_30?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-LeVqLfq5wIVjJ-fCh2A6QlFEAMYASAAEgLHFvD_BwE&hvadid=241917642438&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9067609&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=8786534399565247145&hvtargid=kwd-20972226772&hydadcr=24663_10400927&keywords=7+inch+ruler&qid=1582555816&sr=8-30
Cotton waist ties and drawstring tape: Mokuba, NYC. 2.5 yds
Feather quills: Dersh Feather, NYC. Approximately 18 goose quills
Linen thread for binding feather bone: Burnley & Trowbridge: Fine, unbleached. ttps://www.burnleyandtrowbridge.com/LT1718.aspx
Edge lace: East Coast Trimming, NYC. 1 yd
White cotton thread for stitching: Steinlauf & Stoller, NYC.

Useful tools:
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Image Credits:
-‘1902-1909, Plate 045 Costume Institute Fashion Plates, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accession no. b17520939. https://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15324coll12/id/10861/rec/48
-‘1902-1909, Plate 026’ Costume Institute Fashion Plates, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accession no. b17520939. https://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15324coll12/id/10842
-‘1902-1909 Plate 019’ Costume Institute Fashion Plates, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accession no. b17520939. https://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15324coll12/id/10835/rec/22
-“Multiple Classified Advertisements.” The Designer and the Woman’s Magazine, vol. XXX, no. 5, 1909, p. 288. Nineteenth Century Collections Online, http://tiny.cc/z39umz. Accessed 11 April 2020.
Gale Document Number: GALE|ZYMSHJ658840540
-“Multiple Classified Advertisements.” The Designer and the Woman’s Magazine, vol. XXXI, no. 2, 1910, p. 174. Nineteenth Century Collections Online, http://tiny.cc/v29umz. Accessed 11 April 2020.
Gale Document Number: GALE|HDDAVW815138559

Footage taken of the original Symington bust bodice and during the study appointment used with permission from Leicestershire Collections.

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Music:
‘Simple Pleasantries’ by Arthur Benson, epidemicsound.com
’Sowing the Summer Barley’ by Francis Wells, epidemicsound.com
‘Lens Flare 3’ by Peter Sandberg, epidemicsound.com
‘Progressive Progress’ by Howard Harper Barnes, epidemicsound.com
‘Alabaster’ by Arden Forest, epidemcisound.com

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