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I’ve made many promises in my life. Here’s one promise I will keep. Below you can find my review for the 1912 Project on the Corset Cover.

Below you can see my second muslin. My first muslin fit but I wanted to go a different direction and use my waist cincher underneath my corset cover and go for a retro look.

I only altered the front pieces of the cover. The back is so beautiful with the angled seams. I don’t think you want to mess with that for fit. Instead, I did my normal full bust adjustment and then added about 1″ to the side back of the front piece. You get some ease from how the pieces are cut and the fact that you have the front piece that curves to the back. It’s really beautiful.

When I altered the front, my waist was about 35″ and now I’m teetering on 33-34″. My waist cincher makes sure that the waist of the corset cover sits flat instead of opening up when I have too many kid snacks.

I also had to alter the shoulder straps because my bust is so full that I get a hollow in my upper chest. Other than my normal alterations, I wouldn’t change the pattern at all. It’s easy enough to add to the waist if you don’t want that kind of look.

The instructions were clear enough for someone of my level. I’m an Intermediate sewist who does a lot of FBAs.

Here’s the finished corset cover in a lifestyle cotton (I’m told quilting cottons are getting a new name). The skirt is a circle skirt made out of this lush denim/linen blend. This outfit made me ready for summer!

I made my own fabric covered buttons as well as piping for the peplum where it meets the bodice at the waist and the bottom hem. I used contrasting fabric for the bias binding on the neck and armholes.

Pattern Review Checklist:

  1.  Pattern Description: 1912 Corset cover #0176
  2.  Pattern Sizing: one size: 37.5 bust and 26.5 waist
  3.  Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing  it? I omitted the lace in the front but otherwise I believe it does look like the drawing. Maybe a little more exaggerated because of my busty needs.
  4. Were the instructions easy to follow? yes.
  5. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it can be converted to a retro look, a modern top or a 1912 corset cover. I also like the stretch that the cut gives. You could assume negative ease if you want it fitting snug. It’ll have ease from the bias cut.
  6. Fabric Used: Lifestyle cotton (aka quilting cotton), 3 different prints.
  7. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: see above for alterations- mostly for the bust. My bust measures 42.5″.
  8. Would you recommend this pattern to others? Yes.
  9. Conclusion: Fitted or loose, this corset cover pattern can be what you want.

Can you believe how dry things are here? There’s even a water usage restriction in effect.

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