In part two of her series, Kat discusses the pattern text, pre-construction and construction of this beautiful corset.
Sandra explores a high-panel C19th corset with multiple vertical seams, giving corsetmakers plenty of areas to make adjustments.
Hannah gets us started with this beautiful late 19th century corset and tests the patent's claim to provide ‘best possible shape with greatest comfort’.
Izabela works through the entire process of creating this unusual C19th corset from just an online explanation of the patent to a fully-developed undergarment!
Luthien walks us through the construction, decoration and finishing of this beautiful overbust corset, including changes to the original Victorian pattern.
Luthien recreates this 1882 overbust, hourglass corset, designed to 'conform to the shape of the person more perfectly' than earlier Victorian corsets.
Andrea makes a final bridal-styled version of the 1882 Strauss patent corset, perfecting the technique and adding gorgeous lace and amazing flossing!
Andrea makes a second mockup in her size, and shows how spiral boning and plastic boning behave in this complex corset design.
When I first looked at the patent for this 1882 Strauss corset I was incredibly intimidated. It has 26 pieces, 13 each side, and only six are just fabric...
Constructing a diagonally seamed corset: Katarina includes some useful tips for easier corset sewing and for making strong tightlacing corsets.
The 1885 ad raised questions. What is a diagonal cut for? Function, decoration, or gimmick? Katarina has a go at making one to find out.
Yes, this corset is a labour of love. Yes, doing all that cording takes ages. Was it worth it? YES! This is a lovely corset, comfortable and fun and easy to wear and it looks so unusual and smart.
Michelle uses the FR Symington drafting method to create a surprisingly comfortable and accurate corded corset.
The Athletic Corset allowed the wearer greater comfort and freedom of movement than ever. Kat tests the claims by making her own.
Recreating the 1895 ventilated corset using a pattern that Nikki took from the original surviving half in the Symington Collection.
What do you do when it's not going well at all? Breanna proves that a not-so-promising mock-up CAN be turned around and saved.
Ever wanted to make that black and yellow beauty from Symingtons? Michelle finds the matching pattern and shows you how!
What if a Victorian corsetière had today’s tools and materials? Laurie answers by walking us through a beautiful corset.
Clare test drives a Symington Collection corset pattern that features ten panels, lots of cording and some interesting bust seaming.