I had a chance to put together the Butterick B4669 Making History Corset pattern this weekend and thought to share the experience.
As a corset pattern, it is extremely simple. It can be whipped up in an afternoon. It does fit about two sizes smaller than the pattern calls for in the measurements.
For a Regency dress, the back probably needs to be sloped more. I cut another two inches off the top of the back so that it might fit under all of my dresses.
The lure of this pattern? It doesn't require boning. The last corset I made ended up being so unbearably uncomfortable, I sought out alternatives. One of the big mistakes in that attempt was using the boning from JoAnn's - they sell it in long strips that are stored wrapped up. The boning never seems to straighten back out - and once in a corset has an uncanny ability to find the space between ribs and jab there.
I experienced that exact same problem with the boning from Joann Fabrics. It just wants to curl back to it's original shape. Any suggestions on an alternative?
I have heard that cable zip ties from the hardware store work.