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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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1920's Envelope Chemise

1920's Envelope Chemise

Jennifer constructs a 1920's Envelope Chemise - foundation garment for those stunning 'Flapper dresses' - in a way that is fun and practical.

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Creating a Teens Strapless Brassiere

Creating a Teens Strapless Brassiere

As fashion changed in the early C20th, so did underwear. Kelly guides us through the making of a teens brassiere, or corset cover, to go under an evening gown.

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How To Make Pasties

How To Make Pasties

Today many burlesque performers commission pasties (small nipple covers) to match their costumes, so the ability to make them is a valuable commodity for a corsetmaker.

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Questions & Answers February 2011

Questions & Answers February 2011

Three awesome questions & solutions: fitting 1770's stays for curvy figures, changing overbust corsets to underbusts, and corsets for apple shape figures.

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Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

Two questions and a short story on the Letters page this month: how to make a set of the 1660 watered silk stays from the V&A, alternative lacing and where to find colored eyelets, a short story from 1913.

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Case Study: CrissyCatt

Case Study: CrissyCatt

This month we feature Cristiane Tano, aka CrissyCatt, who makes breathtaking corsetry in leather. She reveals the secrets of her stunning, hand-tooled filigree leather corsets.

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1908 Corset Sew-Along, Pt. 3

1908 Corset Sew-Along, Pt. 3

In Part 3, Anna guides us through finishing the fitting and getting started on the final version of this Edwardian underbust corset for the 2013 competition.

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1908 Corset Sew-Along, Pt. 2

1908 Corset Sew-Along, Pt. 2

This month, Anna works with us on refining the fit and starts to think about the final design of this Edwardian transitional corset for our 2013-14 competition.

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1908 Corset Sew-Along, Pt. 1

1908 Corset Sew-Along, Pt. 1

Anna outlines a rough schedule, the materials you'll need, and takes a look at scaling and mocking up the pattern for this Edwardian underbust corset.

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Drafting, Adapting, and Modifying Corset Patterns

Drafting, Adapting, and Modifying Corset Patterns

Marion continues her series on the "Best of" Foundations Revealed, covering articles on pattern drafting, adapting and modifying corsets.

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