The Corset Work

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Book #1

Outside Cover: Antique off-white cotton twill “Ferris Good Sense” child corset waist with 5 bone front buttons, 7 buttons for attaching to stockings/pantaloons and 2 metal side clips stamped “Pat. Aug 27, 89.”

Cotton/poly embroidered text.

Height w/shoulder straps: 14”

Width closed:  12 1/2”

Width opened: 26”

Inside book #1:  Front Cover back embroidered, page 1 front

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Book #1

Interior Vest: Antique white cotton child “Ideal, Size 2” child waist with 4 bone front buttons, 5 waist buttons for attaching to stockings/pantaloons and 2 side tabs with small metal grommets.

Cotton embroidered text. All vests lines with vintage cotton bed sheets, with digital iris printed images.

Interior Vest Height w/shoulder straps: 9 1/2”

Interior Vest Width closed:  10 1/2”


Click here: CFI_DescpTxt071107.pdf
to download the complete text and specs

Box #1

Closed Outside Edge Length: 16”

Closed Outside Edge Width: 14 1/4”

Height: 2 1/4”

Book #1  Interior Vest open

Width open: 22”

Inside Book Front Cover

Interior book pages
Page Height: 5”
Page Width: 8”

Book #1

Interior Vest: back

Vest attached with bone button to cotton twill loop

Book #1

Detail: Book binding with cotton twill tape.

Twill ties to inside of vest.

Causes of Female Influence

Sensible Mothers. Beautiful Children.  © 2007

Book #2

Outside Cover: Antique off-white cotton linen “Security,
Pat 7-8-19 T.P.T Co.” child bodice vest with 5 bone front buttons, 6 waist buttons for attaching to stockings/pantaloons and 2 metal side clips.

Cotton/poly embroidered text.

Height w/shoulder area: 10”

Width closed:  12”

Width opened: 22”

Book #2

Interior Vest: Antique “Little Beauty” white lightweight twill cotton child vest with 5 bone front buttons, 6 waist buttons for attaching to stockings/pantaloons and gathered neck to waist area.

Cotton embroidered text. All vests lines with vintage cotton bed sheets, with digital iris printed images.

Interior Vest Height w/shoulder area: 8”

Interior Vest Width closed:  9 1/2”

Book #2

Interior Vest: back

Vest attached with bone button to cotton twill loop

Book #2  Interior Vest inside lining and Book Front Cover

Interior Vest Width open: 18 1/2”

Interior book pages
Page Height: 5”
Page Width: 8”

Book #2

Detail: Lining right side interior cover vest                                       Lining left side interior cover vest

Inside book #1: page 1 back, page 2 front

Inside book #1: page 2 back, page 3 front

Inside book #1: page 6 back, page 7 front

Inside book #1: page 9 back, page 10 front

Inside book #1: page 12 back, page 13 front

Inside book #1: page 14 back, page 15 front/back cover, embroidered

Book #2  Interior Vest inside lining and Book Back Cover

Book #1  Interior Vest inside lining and Book Back Cover

This is the second of two books in a series dealing with the issues of mothers, their daughters and the relationships between them (the first is To Ensure Grace). The lessons passed along in those relationships are echoed through the bonds that girls have with their sisters, and in this case, siblings that were corseted “together.”

Mothers were able to mold the expectations that young girls had while growing up. With self help books of the period in addition with strongly worded corset advertising, mothers were told that “Every mother should know how essential these waists are to the correct physical development of her children.” Corset waists were named with the idea that they grow along with the girl, providing “freedom in childhood” with names like “Little Beginners Waists,” “Kiddie-Work-A-Day Waists,” and the “Junior Corset Waist,” among others. The text includes 19th and 20th century quotes from girls wearing these corsets as well as advertising text of the era.

Series of 2 books using unique antique
children undershirts/waists.


Cotton/poly embroidered text.



15 Interior book pages.
Images for both books are the same -
digital iris printed images on hand cut vintage
cotton bed sheets.

Box #1

Interior Edge Length: 34”

Interior Edge Width: 13 1/4”


1” grosgrain ribbon ties

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