Historic Pattern Database

Downloadable Corset Patterns

Reverse-engineered from pieces on display in "Becoming Gendered: Garment as Gender Artifact"

We are excited to share with you a brand new resource from the John L. Wehle Gallery at Genesee Country Village & Museum: free, downloadable patterns for pieces on display and in our collection! Keep scrolling to peruse pieces currently on display in the exhibit Becoming Gendered: Garment as Gender Artifact, and download patterns reverse-engineered from these extant pieces. 

Stay tuned as we continue to develop this new resource, which will eventually include patterns from both the collection at GCV&M and partnering organizations. 

Front view of a historic white corset with blue flower details.

Gardiner-Wheeler Corset (1869 - 1872)

From the Bruce & Susan Greene Costume Collection at Genesee Country Village & Museum (G2002.023) 

Click here to learn more about this piece's construction and provenance. 

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Front view of a historic pink corset.

Ferris Health Waist (1889 - 1900)

From the Bruce & Susan Greene Costume Collection at Genesee Country Village & Museum (G2022-19.001) 

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Traditional Stays (1795 - 1810)

From the Bruce & Susan Greene Costume Collection at Genesee Country Village & Museum (G2006.142) 

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The front of a historic white garment positioned around a form.

Cotton Girl's Corset (1815-1830)

From the Bruce & Susan Greene Costume Collection at Genesee Country Village & Museum (G2022-19.001) 

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Front view of a historical corset.

Soft Corset with Contrasting Blue Thread Pattern (1820 - 1830)

From the Bruce & Susan Greene Costume Collection at Genesee Country Village & Museum (G2005.043) 

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Front view of a historical corset.

Brown Twill Corset (1840 - 1845)

From the Bruce & Susan Greene Costume Collection at Genesee Country Village & Museum (G2009.068) 

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Front view of a historical corset fitted around a black stand.

Pink Satin Ribbon Corset (1898-1905)

From the collections at Rochester Museum & Science Center

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Printing & Scaling

 
AT A PRINTER 
 
Download the patterns above onto a zip drive and bring them to your local printer (FexEx, Staples, Pixos, etc.). Request that the pattern be printed at actual size.
 
FROM HOME 
 
Download the patterns above and save PDF to your home computer’s desktop. Print at actual size, with tiling. Select the 1/4″ space to allow pages to overlap without losing portions of the pattern.  

Questions?

 

Contact Brandon W. Brooks – Curator of the John L. Wehle Gallery
Email: bbrooks@gcv.org
Office: (585) 294-8270

The Susan Greene Costume Collection

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