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Message Board > Vintage Sewing > Alabama style corset ( Moderated by JEF)

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Alabama style corset
I hate bras... maybe this is the support I need
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Date: 5/26/11 10:18 PM

I am not sure where to post this topic. Vintage sewing seemed the best I could think of. Alabama style uses cotton jersey to make a corset. It's not a corset with boning. It's really a close fitted stretchy top made from two layers of cotton jersey, usually reverse appliqued and I don't think meant to be lingerie. But lingerie is what I want.

I really don't like bras. But my girls need a little something. I am thinking this might be the ticket. Anyone have any thoughts or experience to share?

Here are some links to Alabama style corsets

Example of Alabama corset style


Another corset example


Another coset example

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Date: 5/26/11 11:39 PM

Those are really cute, but I can't tell how they'd provide any support.

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Date: 5/26/11 11:52 PM

I hate bras, too. But I made a Civil War era corset. It works, but I didn't get to eat as much as I wanted at the party I wore it too.LOL
And I didn't even lace it tightly.

But the "Alabama Style Corset" looks like a very good alternative to a bra. None of that slipping down thing I hate! :)

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Date: 5/27/11 0:18 AM

Those are really cute. I think they would work for me, if I didn't go horseback riding. I wore leotards in the 70s...this is just a more stylish look. Donaleen, is there a pattern?

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Date: 5/27/11 0:18 AM

Some of it depends on what you are looking for. I don't really like the "hold em high and separate" look. I like what this corset looks like it does.

I am starting to sew for myself for the first time in years and years. It occurred to me that I need to get my foundation garment first.

I wrote to a couple of the people who made them (contacted them on Flickr) and hope to hear back soon.

Thanks for the encouragement.

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Date: 5/27/11 0:20 AM

I'm seeing a lot about corsets and corset patterns lately. Are they more comfortable than bras? I've never tried one, and they look like they would just be transferring the uncomfortableness a little south... but the gals in your link look happy with theirs.

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Date: 5/27/11 0:29 AM

I think regular corsets have boning. These don't. I am hoping for something like the shelf bra support but without that elastic band and with more control.

The Natalie Chanin, the designer behind Alabama Style, is a short somewhat plump woman in her fifties. She wears these things and swears by their comfort. That gives me hope.

Look at these photos of her

Natalie CHanin

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Date: 5/27/11 2:23 AM

Is there info on how much support is provided...say for DD?

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Date: 5/27/11 9:03 AM

I love the look of this knit corset. I got both of her books but have not yet make anything. Long ago, I traced and cut out this corset pattern. I don't think it will support though.

I think Burdastyle download - Margarete # 8059 has more support if you make it tighter, may be alter the pattern to make it in double knit.
margarete pattern

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Date: 5/27/11 10:29 AM

I wonder if you would like a sports bra. Most of them do give you that uniboob look but some are nicer. For example the Moving Comfort Dori bra separates the girls and is very comfortable,it wicks away moisture and is breathable.
You can tell we own a running store, can't ya!
A friend of mine is a nurse and she wears them all day when she's in surgery. Comfortable!

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