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18th c Stays

Knowing how stays were really made allows us to imitate those techniques and produce an accurate garment. We study the genuine article in detail.

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What are the correct tools for corsetry, when some swear by tools that others avoid? I'll share what's in my toolbox, what has been relegated to the scrapheap, and why.

Hearts Corset Patent, 1906Last month a very decisive 73% of you wanted to see the pattern re-worked twice for the model.  This month, we will focus on the first version, as it came off the pattern block.

icon free smA tricky skill to master: Laura details a few techniques on how to do it right first time, every time - and how to keep your stitching straight.

Berthe Morisot Psyche icon-smThis month we look at what to wear over the corset and under the dress, as well as appropriate fabrics and embroidery.

icon free smGuiding you through the process of designing and creating your own maternity corset from the Victorian era.

Warner's, Model 66, from their 1899 catalogWe answer your questions and ask for your help with upcoming articles!

Hearts Corset Patent, 1906

Re-creating a real Edwardian corset pattern for a modern body, using antique drafting books to find elusive clues.

Detail of Post-Edwardian CorsetA tatty old Ebay find leads to a fascinating journey of discovery, recreating both the corset itself and its owner's story.

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