(above corset & shift from the film "The Patriot")
I can't explain why I have so much interest in underpinnings. I just love chemise/shifts, corsets, panniers, hoops, etc. It may have something to do with underpinnings being the core of the costume. They define your shape and give you that feeling of what the women from that era felt like. So often in films the costume designers make sure that every single person is dressed right down to the stockings in accurate clothing, even extras, because it gives each person a sense of who they are portraying.
Here are a few of my favorite finds over time.
(above photo from the film "Marie Antionette")I love this 18th century shift in this Simplicity pattern. It reminds me of one that Kirsten Dunst wore in Marie Antoinette
(above photo of the stays worn by Keira Knightley in the film "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl")
Butterick Patterns has a lovely 18th Century underpinnings pattern. This one has the option of laces up the front or not. I'm using this pattern right now for my Elizabeth Swann corset and I'm liking it so far! :)
(above photo from the film "Pride and Prejudice")
Past Patterns has a new pattern I can't wait to try. Check out these Transitional Stays.
(above corset worn by Cameron Diaz in the film "Gangs of New York")
I've heard wonderful reviews of the Silverado Corset from Laughing Moon Mercantile. It's on my "To Buy" list. :) Katherine made a beautiful corset from this pattern HERE.
*sigh* Now I'm inspired. Maybe I shall work on my Elizabeth Swann corset! :)