Construction

Patterning for the Sway Back

Patterning for the Sway Back

Lumbar hyper lordosis, alias 'sway back', creates a special challenge when drafting a corset. Amber shares her expertise and experience.

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Corseting Various Body Types

Corseting Various Body Types

Marianne discusses different body types and how to go about creating custom corsets to fit these various forms, from a business perspective.

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Fitting & Smoothing: Front Hip, part 2

Fitting & Smoothing: Front Hip, part 2

Jenni addresses the combination of patterning, support, body type and fabric to get a perfectly smooth fit.

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Fitting & Smoothing: Front Hip, part 1

Fitting & Smoothing: Front Hip, part 1

Jenni discusses the effects that shifting the distribution can have on the front hip area of contemporary corsets.

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Fitting: The Secret Skill

Fitting:  The Secret Skill

Laura tackles the single most pressing frustration that FR readers tell us they face: just how do you fit a corset properly?

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Reduce Wrinkles with Careful Cutting

Reduce Wrinkles with Careful Cutting

Caroline tries different ways of laying and cutting her Symington pattern to create a wrinkle free corset - the holy grail for many corsetieres.

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Clean Finishing

Clean Finishing

The joy of a beautifully made corset is in the details. Sara shows us how to finish a corset so it looks just as clean and beautiful inside as out. 

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Corset Construction: Results

Corset Construction: Results

A while ago, Marta made two corsets from the same pattern, using different methods. Now she presents the results of her test.

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Five Corsetry Tips and Tricks

Five Corsetry Tips and Tricks

Little things make all the difference. Sara shows us five tricks that are often overlooked, but can make a big impact in our work!

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Corset Construction: A Case Study

Corset Construction: A Case Study

Marta sets out to compare multiple layered and stitched, steel boned 'modern' construction to the 'old' methods.

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Corsetry for Larger Women

Corsetry for Larger Women

Heaven forbid we have to design or cut for a waist over 26”. As the body gets fatter, it becomes impossible to work with, right? Wrong.

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Seam types and their uses in corsetry

Seam types and their uses in corsetry

Nikki helps us identify different seam types and how (or how not) to use them in your corsetry creations.

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Corsets with Cups, Part 3

Corsets with Cups, Part 3

Now that we have a fully fitted mockup, Barbara guides us through the process of making the final corset with wired cups.

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Foundations Concealed

Foundations Concealed

Sergei introduces the modern world of integrated corsetry, its origins, and the advantages of merging the corset and fashion layers.

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Corsets with Cups, Part 2

Corsets with Cups, Part 2

Barbara guides us through the process of making a mock-up, and doing fittings and adjustments, for cupped corsets.

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Corsets with Cups, Part 1

Corsets with Cups, Part 1

Royal Black shares secrets of creating cupped corsets, using a standard overbust corset pattern & well fitting ready-to-wear bra.

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Roll Pinning Techniques

Roll Pinning Techniques

Barbara Pesendorfer, of Royal Black, shares her secret techniques to getting a super smooth outer finish on fabric or PVC using roll pinning.

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U-Plunge Corset Dress, Part 2

U-Plunge Corset Dress, Part 2

May continues her discussion by showing us how to apply the invisible method of boning construction to this beautiful plunge-neck corset dress.

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U-Plunge Corset Dress

U-Plunge Corset Dress

May guides us through the process of making a corset pattern into a u-plunge corset dress, including fittings and finishings.

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The Folded Seam or Welt Seam Corset

The Folded Seam or Welt Seam Corset

Kim discusses the Welt Seam or Folded Seam method of corset construction, which is quick, precise, and produces a very durable corset.

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