Historically, undergarments had a huge effect upon the overall shape and silhouette of both men and women; though more so for females. Corsets were an essential staple as part of each lady's wardrobe and would have been worn beneath each outfit. Through research, I was able to understand the evolution of undergarments, leading me to the elongated corset and chemise combination worn in the Edwardian period. To explore making undergarments and the process of corsetry, I designed and constructed an Edwardian inspired Corset and Chemise combination of undergarments in reflection of the infamous "Unsinkable Molly Brown" onboard the Titanic.
The chemise was created as a one piece crotchless garment with drafted grown-on button stand fastening running down the centre front. The chemise was constructed using a linen-look cotton with floral finished buttons. The corset was created using traditional corsetry materials - boning, busk, eyelets and self made bound edges. Boning channels were constructed using the lap and fell method whilst the busk and eyelets were finished with traditional finishing processes. A combination of duchess satin, coutill and corsetry structural elements were used throughout construction to create the shape of the historical undergarment.