The corpete is constructed in 10 pieces: left and right shoulder straps in the 18th century style, upper back right and left, lower back right and left, upper front right and left, lower front right and left. There is a seam running down the center back. There is also a seam where the black wool meets the red wool; the black wool piece is embroidered first, then topstitched to the upper part of the corpete. Traditionally, the embroidery on the black wool is polychromatic, while the embroidery on red wool or top of the corpete is only in white.
The corpete fastens in center front with 6 hand bound eyelets in a contrasting yellow thread. My corpete is lined in a blue printed cotton; the lining has a knife pleat for fullness at the center back. Unlike the outside of the corpete, the lining is cut with a back, shoulder yoke (or could it just be pieced fabric?) and two side fronts. The corpete is bound around the edges with matching cotton tape.
In our group, we fastened the corpete with our choice of ribbon or braid. Some just used white shoelace, but I had rolls of thin green or red ribbon, and I would lace with whatever color matched my mood. Sorry that this looks so comically small on my mannequin!
|Detail of the front shoulder strap seam.|