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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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1906 La Mode Illustrée Corset

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Joanne shows how to use old patterns to make beautiful garments that are just not possible with today's mass market sewing patterns.

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 1

1908 Corset Breveté Part 1 by Nikki SwiftThis very unusual French corset with detachable bra sparks interesting new ideas for modern makers. Is this the new Sanakor?

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CB A La Sprite Reproduction, Part 1

icon-smLuthien studies a transitional corset which, aesthetically, follows the ultra curvy corsets of the late Victorian/ early Edwardian eras.

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 4

icon smNikki walks us through crafting the final version of this amazing garment, wth particular attention paid to the order of construction.

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Ribbon Corsets 2: Construction

icon smDoris drafts & constructs a simple ribbon corset based on those she studied in part 1, learning about materials & suitable uses of this style.

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The Sanakor Plunge Corset, Part 3

icon-smWearability for the modern day comes from giving full bust coverage, enabling the Sanakor to be worn as both under- and outerwear!

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 3

Corset Brevete 3 by Nikki SwiftNikki uses the unusual pattern she has taken from this garment to recreate the bust improver (bra) section of this unique corset.

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Ribbon Corsets 1: Background

iconHere's everything you ever wanted to know about ribbon corsets: drawings, patterns & real life examples, historical & modern.

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1902 Kops Corset Patent, Part 3

icon-smCecile's series continues with a summary and analysis of the information in the original patent regarding boning and finishing.

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 2

1908 Corset Breveté Part 2 by Nikki SwiftNikki maps out all the pieces of the main corset in detail, and shows how all the pieces fit together to give a truly versatile garment.

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1907 Self-Lacing Front Closure

icon smNikki takes us through this alternative Edwardian front-closing corset, aimed at making the process of self-lacing easier for a lady.

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1902 Kops Corset Patent, Part 2

icon-smIn this second article in the series, Cecile will focus on the construction of the final corset based from the previously modified pattern.

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