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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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1897 Abbie King Corset Follow Up

icon-smJennifer brings her late Victorian corsetry project to completion, creating a corset she is very happy with and in the color of the year, to boot!

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1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 2

Patent 611116, 1898Here's more about Thomson's Patent 611,116 Glove Fitting Corset pattern and its maker, along with my method of patterning this corset from scratch.

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Edwardian Louis XV Corset 4

icon smIn the final installment, Lucy constructs the Louis XV corset from the pattern she showed us how to draft previously.

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1897 Abbie King Corset

icon-smJennifer constructs this beautiful Victorian corset in which adding, removing, or resizing panels propose to make it uniquely adjustable for fit and comfort.

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1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 1

Patent 611116, 1898Thomson's Glove fitting corset: we look at an 1898 Thomson patent, advertisements, a few extant corsets and work on putting the pieces together to recreate it.

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1904 Tightlacing Corset: Part 1

icon smOur very first corset pattern with all horizontal seams. "Especially suitable for tightlacing" - what do you think? Will it work?

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Recreating an 1890s Corset, part 2

Repro corset on JemaJema takes the pattern she made from an antique here and recreates it step by step, including a lapped seam technique for one layer corsets that neatly encases all raw edges on both sides.

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Recreating an 1890s Corset, part 1

CB_corset_iconThe pattern and a step-by-step guide to make this elegant corset from 1899-1900, including a new seam technique just for corsetry that negotiates curves perfectly and encases all the raw edges neatly.

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Edwardian Louis XV Corset 3

icon smAltering a premade Edwardian pattern is difficult, so the ability to draft one from scratch saves a big headache! Part three...

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1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 3

611116_icon2Last month we drafted the pattern for this unusual design. This month, the step by step construction process, including how to sew some very tricky seams! Suitable for beginners.

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1904 Tightlacing Corset: Part 2

icon smTrying out a unique antique corset pattern with horizontal seams, ideal for tightlacing but also full of juicy design possibilities!

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Edwardian Louis XV Corset 2

icon smDrafting the front of a beautiful S-bend corset pattern from the Edwardian era, called "Louis XV corset in nine pieces".

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