An Elizabethan chemise, corset, bum roll, and farthingale, with Dutch cap and veil

The corset is made of sturdy herringbone cotton and heavily boned with half-inch straight steel. It laces up the front, as I don't have servants to help me dress.

The farthingale is of muslin, boned with plastic and wire crinoline hooping and gathered into a waistband.



The corset tabs are unboned, but they do offer the opportunity to lace the farthingale to the corset. This system was used on Pfalzgrafin Dorothea's corset, which can be seen on page 113 of Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion. Dorothea's corset has the lacing holes in the body of the corset, which would have been logistically difficult on mine, but the principle is the same. I have found that lacing the farthingale to the corset transfers much of the weight of the layers of skirt to the shoulders (through the corset straps) instead of having it all sitting on the hips, which had been causing me lower back pain. This is part of why it is important for the corset to have straps.