and bodices are two very different garments. While a bodice
can be supportive, it is not always designed to do the work
of a corset.
tend to be made with sturdier fabrics, using sturdier construction
methods, with much more boning for support. They tend to use less decorative
and delicate fabrics than bodices.
Bodices tend to use much more decorative and more expensive fabrics. Wearing a corset under your bodice
is not only historically accurate in most cases, but it will
lengthen the life of your bodice by taking the strain off
the finer bodice fibers and putting all the stress
on the more functional corset fibers.
are also often boned and shaped much more differently than bodices.
corsets were used to shape and
smooth the lines of the body to give you the correct period
the Elizabethan and Tudor eras, the corsets would flatten the torso to create
a conical shape. Later in history, corsets became curvier (think of Victorian corsets)
faire attire is not always historically accurate, and while
we do use sturdy boning in all of our bodices, we
often recommend the use of a corset if you're hoping to achieve the proper historical
silhouette of any era.
can customize your bodice and use extra boning for an additional
you purchase a corset, you will need to take new measurments
with your corset on to make sure your new bodice fits. You
may order both the corset and bodice at the same time, you
will just need to send a first set of measurements for your
corset, then a second set while wearing your corset.