the upper part of a corselet skirt is stiffened with whalebone. The corselet skirt is a combination of the lower part of a taille and a skirt, i.e. the bodice part has to be sewn very carefully and stiffened along each seam. It is recommended to line at least the upper part. It is closed with hooks and eyes, sometimes laced, in the middle of the back.
The main feature of the Corselet Skirt was a high waist worn just beneath the bust with no indication of a waistband or belt. With minor variations the blouse and skirt dominated young women's fashion before and during the Great War.