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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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Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 2

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.

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Coiled Wire Spring Corset

icon smKelli guides us through the patent on this unusual 1881 corset featuring covered metal springs and heavily gathered side-panels.

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1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249

icon-smIn part one of her series, Kat discusses a Victorian patent, designed to create graceful Grecian curves, the pattern and how it was made.

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Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 1

1878 Fanning Corset PatentSandra Stuart tackles re-creating a gusseted and gored corset using an 1878 patent diagram, from pattern enlargement to construction and fitting. 

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1889 Higby Corset-Waist

icon smJennifer walks us through this beautiful corset-waist, a light duty corset meant to still give support but to allow greater movement and flexibility.

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1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 2

icon-smHannah uses information gained from her first article about this late C19th pattern to construct and finish a beautiful corset using silk organza, coutil and steel.

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1880s Corded Corset

icon free smThis corset uses machine corded fabric instead of bones to stiffen the panels into an impressively curvaceous shape. Here's how to make a corded corset yourself.

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1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249, Part 2

icon smIn part two of her series, Kat discusses the pattern text, pre-construction and construction of this beautiful corset.

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1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 1

icon-smHannah gets us started with this beautiful late 19th century corset and tests the patent's claim to provide ‘best possible shape with greatest comfort’.

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Griswold’s 1883 Corset

icon free smSandra explores a high-panel C19th corset with multiple vertical seams, giving corsetmakers plenty of areas to make adjustments.

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Patent Challenge T. S. Gilbert No. 332,245 part 1

US332245 iconEmily tackles this corset patent which attempts to avoid gores at the breast whilst still achieving 'a perfect fit upon the person'.

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1884 Higby Corset Patent #294620

icon-smIzabela works through the entire process of creating this unusual C19th corset from just an online explanation of the patent to a fully-developed undergarment!

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