Construction

Soft Bras, Part 2

Soft Bras, Part 2

In Part 2 of this series, Mark discusses some variations on his soft bra theme to create a cup more suitable for a larger bust.

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Soft Bras, Part 1 (free to view)

Soft Bras, Part 1 (free to view)

By popular demand, over the next few articles Mark will put down the “underwires from hell” and we'll draft and make some bras without any wiring.

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Circular Wire Strapless Bra

Circular Wire Strapless Bra

The search for the perfect strapless bra is still ongoing. Could this 1952 example be the one? Mark gives full instructions so you can try it for yourself.

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Overwired Strapless Bra

Overwired Strapless Bra

The search for the perfect strapless bra is always ongoing. Instead of pushing up from below, let's have a go at suspending from above with "overwires".

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How To Make A Bra 3

How To Make A Bra 3

Part 3 of our bra pattern drafting/making series. You have taken measurements and drafted a pattern - now break out the sewing kit!

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Preparing for Business, Part 1

Preparing for Business, Part 1

Practising making corsets in preparation for selling: what exactly should you practise, and what's the most effective way to use your time and resources?

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Two 1910's Brassieres

Two 1910's Brassieres

How did Edwardian women support their busts with such low cut corsets? Jen shares the details and patterns of two 1910's brassieres in her collection.

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1890-1910 Petticoats, Part 4: Construction

1890-1910 Petticoats, Part 4: Construction

Sunny concludes her exhaustive study of six Belle Époque petticoats by comparing the remaining construction details and techniques.

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1890-1910 Petticoats, Part 3: Shapes

1890-1910 Petticoats, Part 3: Shapes

Sunny discusses the different factors that combine to create the shape of the skirt, and the petticoats that support it. Patterns of the six petticoats are included this month.

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1890-1910 Petticoats, Part 2: Decoration

1890-1910 Petticoats, Part 2: Decoration

Sunny talks about embroidered insertion, lace edging and embroidery. Next month will be the construction of the six petticoats.

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1890-1910 Petticoats, Part 1: Decoration

1890-1910 Petticoats, Part 1: Decoration

Sunny looks at six late Victorian and Edwardian petticoats, studying the methods used to produce the beautiful embellishments.

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Shapewear Back to Basics

Shapewear Back to Basics

Mark helps us to understand what is actually possible to do to the body with shapewear and what is in the realm of fantasy.

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1930-40s Bias Cut Knickers

1930-40s Bias Cut Knickers

Marion studies some extant pieces for construction ideas and then gives a simple pattern draft for "tap pants" or "French knickers".

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Bifurcated Shapewear: Re-styling of the Long Leg All-in-One Bodyshaper

Bifurcated Shapewear: Re-styling of the Long Leg All-in-One Bodyshaper

Mark shows us different ways to re-style the Long Leg All-in-One Bodyshaper garment, including sporty & more "intimate" stylings.

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Bifurcated Shapewear, Part 2

Bifurcated Shapewear, Part 2

Now that we have a pattern, Mark takes us through the process of building and finishing these undergarments with legs!

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Bifurcated Shapewear

Bifurcated Shapewear

Are garments with a crotch difficult to draft? Not really! Mark creates a basic pattern draft that can be adapted into countless underthings. 

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Bodycon: the Body Confidence Trick

Bodycon: the Body Confidence Trick

Mark takes an in-depth, technically-detailed look into shapewear garments & how they're constructed to achieve a bodycon look.

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Vintage Peignoir or Negligee

Vintage Peignoir or Negligee

Anna introduces the sheer negligee of the 1950s and 60s; a versatile lingerie garment, and easy to make in a variety of different forms.

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Tights and Short Shapewear

Tights and Short Shapewear

Mark takes us through the process of how to pattern draft and make a pair of tights or panty hose, and some custom control shorts.

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Making Fully-Fashioned Stockings

Making Fully-Fashioned Stockings

Retro lingerie guru Mark shows you how to make your own custom fully-fashioned vintage-style stockings with French or Cuban heels.

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