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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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1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset, Pt 2

icon smLuthien walks us through the construction, decoration and finishing of this beautiful overbust corset, including changes to the original Victorian pattern.

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1882 Strauss patent 271377

1882 Strauss patent diagramWhen I first looked at the patent for this 1882 Strauss corset I was incredibly intimidated. It has 26 pieces, 13 each side, and only six are just fabric...

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Plus Size Corset Pattern

icon free smWe look in detail at a rare antique shop find - a real, plus size Victorian corset with a 38" waist - and then we give you the pattern.


1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset Patent #267514

icon-smLuthien recreates this 1882 overbust, hourglass corset, designed to 'conform to the shape of the person more perfectly' than earlier Victorian corsets.

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Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset 2

The compleated diagonal corsetConstructing a diagonally seamed corset: Katarina includes some useful tips for easier corset sewing and for making strong tightlacing corsets.

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1890s Symington #2360, in Red

SquarepicMichelle uses the FR Symington drafting method to create a surprisingly comfortable and accurate corded corset.

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1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 3

Details of the finished corsetAndrea makes a final bridal-styled version of the 1882 Strauss patent corset, perfecting the technique and adding gorgeous lace and amazing flossing!

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Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset

icon free smThe 1885 ad raised questions. What is a diagonal cut for? Function, decoration, or gimmick? Katarina has a go at making one to find out.


The Athletic Corset, Part 2

2aThe Athletic Corset allowed the wearer greater comfort and freedom of movement than ever. Kat tests the claims by making her own.

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1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 2

1882 Strauss patentAndrea makes a second mockup in her size, and shows how spiral boning and plastic boning behave in this complex corset design.

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Recreating an 1880s corded corset, 2

Corded corsetYes, this corset is a labour of love. Yes, doing all that cording takes ages. Was it worth it? YES! This is a lovely corset, comfortable and fun and easy to wear and it looks so unusual and smart.

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1895 Ventilated Corset, part 2

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Recreating the 1895 ventilated corset using a pattern that Nikki took from the original surviving half in the Symington Collection.

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