The Puriri Moth Corset – 1860’s Corset and Pantaloons


A corset and pantaloons crafted from an 1860’s style pattern, sewn using both machine and handstitching. Traditional details including hand stitched eyelets for the busk and metal lacing tips meet modern colours and embroidery designs

A steel busk closure and spiral steel boning provide support, as does the starched canvas inside layer.

Inspired by the colours of the Puriri Moth (native to New Zealand where I live) I chose a brilliant green raw silk for this corset, shot with a touch of orange highlights. I hand embroidered vines and moths around the front busk, and moths at the base of the back lacing.

I chose the cotton lace for it’s wing-like flower pattern, which echoes the embroidered insects. I also tea dyed it to better tone with the embroidery colours.

The pantaloons are made from fine lawn, and have a placket front with closed crotch (unlike the historic originals!).








Beautiful work! I love the color.


Thanks Jennifer! I’m a big fan of the green too ūüôā

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