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Foundations Revealed introduces you to the beautiful world of original corset patterns.

Hearts corset, based on a 1902 pattern, by Sparklewren Bespoke CorsetryThese articles all use original corset patterns. They help us to see into the minds of the expert designers of the Golden Era of Corsetry and uncover the secrets of fit and style that modern corsetry is only just beginning to explore.

Modern corsetmakers can use them to branch out from the tired, vertical seamed, generic “Victorian” style that's so common now, and into something fresh and new, yet classically elegant. They also allow costumers to move beyond the limited number of commercially available corset patterns and explore styles more suited for your body type. 

Our writers figure out and test each pattern for you, so that you can skip the learning curve and make your best work today.

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W.H.K. & S. “Catharine Hayes” Corset 2

icon smWhat if a Victorian corsetière had today’s tools and materials? Laurie answers by walking us through a beautiful corset.

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  These two articles are some of my favorites on FR (Luca's analysis of synthetic whalebone is my #1) I have a keen interest in historical corsetry of this era, and this case study is just what I'm looking for. For me, being able to physically interact with an antique corset is the most informative method of study. Unfortunately, I haven't the means to visit collections, nor funds to collect originals. Your thorough report of minute details made me feel like I was right there beside you! More importantly, your interpretation of these details provides valuable context. For example, I always wondered about the presence of those three teeny bones besides the grommets. Every detail in antique corsetry was deliberate and functional. My goal is to understand how these little features add up to create the form and function that I dream of in my own work. Thank you for providing this valuable resource!  
  Since creating this I've since spent more time steam molding the boning over the bust so it is more curved, the corset is also too small for my bustline and it appears more flattening than it should. I do hope to create the same corset to my measures such that I can see the final shaping on the body. And sure enough I have worn this corset over the past year and the synthetic german whalebone is wonderful.  
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