The corsets of the 1780s have lost much of the very long busk and have a shorter and broader point in the front. The tabs on the bottom tend to be shorter and more square in their proportion. This one was made for Susy for the "Meat Ball" that was held for her husbands birthday. It is made of four layers and is heavily boned in a combination of steel and cane. The face fabric is black silk dupioni with contrast stitching in cream to match the dress. The ends of the stitching are hand tied and the binding on the edges are also finished by hand. Susy also provided me with a modern bridal petticoat, black skirt, 1970s looking wedding dress and some extra fabric from which I contrived a dress for her. Although it could never pass for period, the dress is very fun and I think it makes wonderful use of resources as a completely recycled garment. It was a challenging puzzle and I just love things that test my expectations. See also the entry for the Meat Ball Dress for reference.