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Rilla Corset Pattern 1913-1921

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The Rilla Corset pattern by Scroop Patterns.  

This pattern comes in three different size packs.  

  • Size A includes sizes 30-38 (waist 24"-32")
  • Size B includes sizes 36-46 (waist 28"-38")
  • Size C includes sizes 44-52" (waist sizes 36"-44")
  • Please see the bottom of the listing for a size chart.

The Rilla Corset is a five-panel WWI-era underbust corset based on an original PD Marvella corset by Belgian corset manufacturer PD Corsets. The Marvella was one of the best-selling corsets worldwide in the second half of the 1910s, making the Rilla corset the perfect base for WWI and early 1920s costuming.

With extensive instructions and advice on fitting, the Rilla was designed to be an easy make for sewers with some corsetmaking experience, or a good introduction to corsetmaking for the moderately advanced sewer with no previous corsetmaking experienced.

View A features a dipped front neckline, raised back neckline, four garter straps, and a bottom hem line which is low in front and higher at the back. View B features a straight front neckline, dipped back neckline, six garter straps, and a curved U cut into the front of the bottom hem. Necklines and hemlines can be mixed and matched between View A & View B.

Both views feature the fairly naturalistic slender hourglass silhouette that became popular in the mid 1910s, with low bust, moderate waist compression, and slim but rounded hips.

Inspired by the way corsets were sized and sold in the 1910s, the Rilla comes in two waist-to-hip ratio (hip flare) size sets. The ‘Average’ size set has a 13” difference between waist and hip, and is best for those with a natural waist-to-hip difference of 9” or more. The ‘Slender’ size set has a 10” difference between waist and hip, and is best for those with a natural waist-to-hip difference of less than 9”.

Recommended Fabrics: 
The Rilla Corset is designed to be made with a single layer of midweight, very tightly woven, extremely stable, natural-fiber fabrics with no stretch or give whatsoever, such as coutil, satin or brocaded coutil, ticking, some plain weaves and denims, etc. 

View A is shown in bow-patterned 100% cotton jacquard-woven cushion-weight upholstery fabric, with bindings in 100% cotton feather/down proof plain-weave cotton, and boning channels in pink twill-weave cotton tape.  It is boned with German plastic boning.  It is pictured with no lace (on grey mannequin) and trimmed with antique linen lace and satin bows (white mannequin).

View B is shown in 100% cotton 'domestic' (American made) white coutil, with bindings in 100% cotton twill tape, and pre-made bone-casing channels.  It is boned in spring steel, with German plastic lacing bones.  It is pictured trimmed with vintage hand-made lace.   

Both views are shown in size 38, Average Hip Flare. 

 The Rilla Corset Pattern does not come with Streamlined Instructions.

Sizing Chart


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  • 5
    the Rilla Corset

    Posted by Karen Cutter on Dec 10th 2020

    I haven't had a chance to actually make the corset yet. The delivery was prompt and the pattern arrived in excellent condition. I purchased the Pattern on the good reviews from people who used the pattern and really liked it and the directions. I'm looking forward to making it.

  • 5
    So easy to follow

    Posted by Danae Miller-Clendon on Jun 28th 2018

    My first time making a corset, let alone a historical one, was daunting - but this pattern made it so easy! There were clear instructions and illustrations. Sometimes numbers didn't match up with illustrations but it was always obvious which step it was talking about. Highly recommend this to sewers looking for their first foray into corset making and historical foundations.

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