Hard to Fit? Love the Elizabethan period? Order a Custom RH Bodys Pattern!
No pattern is perfect. But we can make you a pattern that is made to your unique measurements! Run it up for a good fit. Tweak it a little more for that perfect fit. You won't go wrong with Reconstructing History Custom Patterns!
RH203C is our full-size paper pattern for late Elizabethan corsets based on two extant English examples. View A, based on the pair of bodys belonging the Pfalzgräfin Dorothea Sabina von Neuberg in 1598 are front-boned, five piece bodys featuring a static front busk, integral shoulder straps, back laced closure, and separate tabs at the waist. View B, based on the corset worn by the effigy of Queen Elizabeth I in Westminster Cathedral, features a front opening and integral waist tabs. Historical notes.
This is a Custom Pattern, made to your unique body measurements. We ask for a variety of measurements from you and produce a pattern that fits those measurements. Your Custom Pattern will be as close to your perfect size as it is possible for a pattern to be.
Please provide a valid email address with your order. We cannot make your pattern without emailing you for your measurements.
Note: The Custom Pattern is guaranteed to fit the measurements you provide. Please be careful to take accurate measurements so your pattern will truly fit you.
plain or twill weave linen or silk
silk or fine linen for lining
stiff linen or buckram for yoke interlining
outer material " 1 yd at least 45" wide
lining " 1 yd at least 45" wide
interlining (optional) " 2 yds at least 45" wide
40/2 linen thread or equivalent
7mm or ¼" half oval or round reeds or ¼" corset boning
silk ribbon or leather for binding
44 metal rings (View A, optional)
wood or horn busk (View A)
2 - ½" corset bones (View B)
Never made anything for yourself before? Don't worry! At Reconstructing History, we want to see you wearing the best garments you are capable of making. Call us Monday through Friday from 8am until 6pm Eastern Time (or email us around the clock) and we will answer any questions you might have!
Please allow two weeks plus shipping time for your pattern to arrive. Since we make them individually, it takes extra time.