Corsets · Renaissance

A renaissance in cut suede

I’ve wanted to make myself something uniquely fun for Renaissance Faire for a while now, and finally got around to it. I based the shape off the style of an Elizabethan corset, and the detailing on the front is inspired by William Morris. The overall effect, I hope, will be of Renaissance Wood Nymph.

I am working with suede scraps from some distressed garments in need of major repair, as well as suede scraps that I have gathered over the years.

Here is my initial pattern:

Elizabethan Corset Pattern
Elizabethan Corset Pattern

A detail shot of the design I created for the front:

Artwork Pattern for front
Artwork Pattern for front

The corset prior to adding the front artwork:

Stitching to help placement of artwork
Stitching to help placement of artwork
Before artwork is added to front
Before artwork is added to front

And a detail shot just before I added the trim to the top:

Closeup showing front artwork and interior floral lining
Closeup showing front artwork and interior floral lining

Here’s the final outfit, complete with horns! The skirt was made from the shredded linings of the same garments I grabbed the suede scraps from.

Final Costume
Final Costume

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