(Please note that these types of garments seem to have interchangeable names - corselet, Swiss body, Swiss waist...I am using Swiss waist because it seems to be the term most are familiar with, and is also recognized as a garment worn over a bodice outside of the dress, and thus prevents confusion).
|The front (I think?) of the Swiss waist|
|The back - notice the shaped side-back seams. The side seams are also prevalent.|
|The piping is a work of art!|
|Detail shot of the really cool trim.|
|Inside-out front, show construction details (and some pretty bad pitstains)|
|Detail of darts and piecing (?) seam|
One of the interesting things about this garment is in its piecing. There is some strange piecing on the front - at least I think it's piecing. You can see it in the images above (the black lines running slightly diagonally across from the armscyes) and in the image below. Anyone have any ideas about this?
I have really enjoyed observing this Swiss waist and figuring out how it was constructed. It's like being a detective! I am currently making a Swiss waist with trim inspired by this one. I hope it has inspired you!