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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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1903 Savoye Corset: Patent 740930

1903 Savoy corset A novel design using curves. We'll learn more about the inventor and his corset, and begin our journey to recreating this beautiful piece ourselves.

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Hearts 3: First Toile

Hearts Corset Patent, 1906Last month a very decisive 73% of you wanted to see the pattern re-worked twice for the model.  This month, we will focus on the first version, as it came off the pattern block.

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Edwardian/c.18th Hybrid Corset

icon smThis original 1911 design was styled in the elegant elongated shape of 18th century stays. Doris drafts and tests the pattern.

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Hearts 5: Possibilities

Teaser photo of the final corsetJenni shows off her final Hearts corset and draws some conclusions. She includes some details on fitting and adapting corsets for asymmetrical bodies.

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Hearts 2: Pattern in 3D

Hearts Corset Patent, 1906

Re-creating a real Edwardian corset pattern for a modern body, using antique drafting books to find elusive clues.

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1911 Cupped Corset

icon-smJennifer tells us how much she enjoyed the construction of this beautiful & romantic 1911 Cupped Corset from Jeremy's previous article.

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The S-Bend in Context

icon free smThe S-Bend is probably the most misunderstood and under-studied corset fashion in history. Marion separates the myths from the reality.  

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Hearts 1: Draping a Pattern

Hearts corsetInterpreting this unusual and sophisticated Edwardian design into a contemporary corset is a wonderful challenge that I am thrilled to share!

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Re-creating the 1913 E. F. Hume Corset

icon-smKelly outlines the process of recreating this low-busted early 20th century corset from the original 1913 patent and pattern through to flossing and garters.

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Hearts 4: Edwardian Posture

Hearts Corset Patent, 1906Jenni alters the antique "Hearts" corset pattern to emulate the archetypal “Edwardian” posture on a modern body, and weighs up the effect on comfort.

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Edwardian/c.18th Hybrid Corset 2

iconDoris walks us through the final corset from this original 1911 design, styled in the elegant elongated shape of 18th century stays.

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CL Olmstead's 1912 Corset Patent

1912-13 corsetMichelle tackles C.L. Olmstead's 1912-13 corset patent and learns a lot about good corset making, especially about fabric selection...

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