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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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The Sanakor Plunge Corset, Part 2

icon-smIn part 2, Nikki recreates the design of this unusual Edwardian corset from the Symington collection using the pattern from part 1.

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1901 Norah Waugh Corset

icon-smLuthien sets herself an Edwardian challenge by recreating the 1901 corset from Norah Waugh’s book 'Corsets and Crinolines'.

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1905 Savoye Corset, Pt.845582 #2

Savoye 1905 corsetSannie explains how to tackle resizing and using historical corset patterns with very unusual pattern pieces, such as this very curvy Edwardian example.

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The Sanakor Plunge Corset, Part 1

icon free smNikki introduces us to this beautiful and unique corset, and begins the task of bringing it to life by taking a pattern from an original.

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1907 Corset Patent US849136, Pt. 2

icon-smNow the mock-up has been fitted, we move on to the construction of the final corset and find out just how wearable this Edwardian overbust style is.

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Embroidered Edwardian Corset

1905 Savoye CorsetAntje tackles the first of two corset designs from Savoye's 1905 patent # 845582, featuring a special panel designed to show off some great embroidery.

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Adapting a 1902 Kops Corset Patent

icon-smCecile delves into how to adapt a 1902 Kops Corset Patent 712,312 classic Edwardian S-bend corset to fit her body shape.

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1907 Corset Patent US849136, Pt. 1

icon-smNatasha guides us through the patterning and fitting process for this 1907 Daniel Kops corset to achieve an Edwardian S-curve silhouette.

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1903 Savoye Corset, part 2

1903 Savoye patent corsetAlison checks the fit of the pattern created in Part 1, researches and tests patterns and numbers of bones, and creates the final corset.

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1901 Norah Waugh Corset, Part 2

icon-smLuthien continues her journey with this corset from Norah Waugh's famous book through construction, embellishment and her final thoughts.

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1908 Transitional Corset

icon-smSabrina tackles the challenge of making a 1908 Corset, a transitional year between the S-curve era and the straight-line Teens era corsets.

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1904 Savoye Corset, Patent 786,685

Savoye 1904 Corset, patent 786,685Joanne tackles this elegant and drastically simple Edwardian corset patent, a pattern with only three panels!

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