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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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1868 Madam Foy Corset, part 2

Finished corsetPart 2 of Madam Foy's 1868 patent corset, with two finished corsets, one in coutil  and one in silk.

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1878 Marsh Corset, part 2

icon smMarsh claims leather is more durable in the hard wearing areas of a corset. Christina tests his theory on this C19th patent - is he right?

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T.S.Gilbert 1873 Corset Patent

 icon-smKatie-Louise guides us through the interpretation of this style, through fitting all the way to making a toile of this beautiful Victorian corset.

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1868 Madam Foy Corset, part 1

Corset Patent # 79647, L.H. Foy, 1868

Carly recreates an 1868 corset patent for her own unique body type, using Laura Loft's Silverado corset instructions. 1: drafting and first mock-up.

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1878 Marsh Corset, part 1

1878 Marsh CorsetChristina takes us through a mockup of this patent, in which Marsh claims two “improvements” to corsets, discussing her observations.

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1873 T.S. Gilbert 6 Panel Corset, Part 2

icon-smRachel talks us through the completion of this beautiful C19th corset in the final fabrics, creating an elegant yet supportive base for ladies of a curvaceous nature.

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1869 Skeleton Corset

1869 skeleton corsetPhotos, details and a pattern for an 1869 American skeleton corset. It has no fabric between the boning channels, just a few horizontal tapes to hold the bone casings together.

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Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 1

icon smClare takes on the FR patent challenge to breathe life into this deceivingly simple 1878 corset, beginning with the toile.

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1873 T.S. Gilbert 6 Panel Corset, Part 1

icon-smRachel talks us through her journey to re-create this late-Victorian corset, which is ideal for 'well endowed' ladies with a curvy, hourglass figure.

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Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 2

Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 2In this second instalment, Clare will take us through the process of making the final corset and the lessons she learned from this project.

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T.S.Gilbert 1873 Corset Patent, Part 2

icon-smKatie-Louise guides us through the completion of this beautiful Victorian corset and discusses the changes she would make to the pattern if she made it again.

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Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 3

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

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