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Corset and teacupSandra Stuart shares each step in the construction of this real Victorian corset patent, finding it an illuminating experience with stunning results!

icon free smThe first in a series of articles on bra patterning and making. Before we get out the fabric, there's a big obstacle to tackle: what size bra do you want?

mark-g-icon We talk to Mark Garbarczyk, a British foundationwear maker who's tried and rejected formal training in favour of taking his own learning journey...

effigy-bodies-iconAlison Kannon demystifies the construction and recreation of “bodies”, the stiffened supportive layer of clothing that later came to be called a corset or stays.

Detail of embroidery

Sandra begins constructing her intricate 1878 corset by tea-dying the fabric, then carefully cording and embroidering the pieces to match a favourite teacup.

gleamnight-iconThe extraordinary Ksenya of Gleamnight Fashion Studio, interviewed in her native Russian and translated into English by Anton Nezamaev.

1904 CorsetTrying to date a particular corset, track changes in lingerie fashion down to a few years, or just looking for new inspiration? Plenty here to keep you busy...

Late 18th c StaysHallie Larkin provides the pattern and sizing instructions, and walks us through period-accurate construction and replication of these authentic stays.

Scaling the PatternSandra Stuart walks you through enlarging a small diagram to the correct size for the creation of a working pattern, using an 1878 original and Photoshop.

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