Construction

1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249, Part 2

1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249, Part 2

In part two of her series, Kat discusses the pattern text, pre-construction and construction of this beautiful corset.

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1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 2

1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 2

Hannah uses information gained from her first article about this late C19th pattern to construct and finish a beautiful corset using silk organza, coutil and steel.

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Griswold’s 1883 Corset

Griswold’s 1883 Corset

Sandra explores a high-panel C19th corset with multiple vertical seams, giving corsetmakers plenty of areas to make adjustments.

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1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 1

1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 1

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’.

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1884 Higby Corset Patent #294620

1884 Higby Corset Patent #294620

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!

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1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset, Pt 2

1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset, Pt 2

Luthien walks us through the construction, decoration and finishing of this beautiful overbust corset, including changes to the original Victorian pattern.

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1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset Patent #267514

1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset Patent #267514

Luthien recreates this 1882 overbust, hourglass corset, designed to 'conform to the shape of the person more perfectly' than earlier Victorian corsets.

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1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 3

1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 3

Andrea makes a final bridal-styled version of the 1882 Strauss patent corset, perfecting the technique and adding gorgeous lace and amazing flossing!

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1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 2

1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 2

Andrea makes a second mockup in her size, and shows how spiral boning and plastic boning behave in this complex corset design.

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1882 Strauss patent 271377

1882 Strauss patent 271377

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...

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Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset 2

Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset 2

Constructing a diagonally seamed corset: Katarina includes some useful tips for easier corset sewing and for making strong tightlacing corsets.

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Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset

Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset

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.

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Recreating an 1880s corded corset, 2

Recreating an 1880s corded corset, 2

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.

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Symington Corsetmaking Technique 3

Symington Corsetmaking Technique 3

This gorgeous black and yellow Symington corset is a real show-stopper. Here, Michelle walks us through its construction, step by step. 

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Symington Corsetmaking Technique 2

Symington Corsetmaking Technique 2

This gorgeous black and yellow Symington corset is a real show-stopper. Here, Michelle walks us through its construction, step by step. 

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Symington Corsetmaking Technique 1

Symington Corsetmaking Technique 1

In more detail than ever: pattern study, materials, cutting and fusing to reproduce this gorgeous Symington show-stopper.

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1890s Symington #2360, in Red

1890s Symington #2360, in Red

Michelle uses the FR Symington drafting method to create a surprisingly comfortable and accurate corded corset.

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The Athletic Corset, Part 2

The Athletic Corset, Part 2

The Athletic Corset allowed the wearer greater comfort and freedom of movement than ever. Kat tests the claims by making her own.

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1895 Ventilated Corset, part 2

1895 Ventilated Corset, part 2

Recreating the 1895 ventilated corset using a pattern that Nikki took from the original surviving half in the Symington Collection.

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1890's Symington Corset #2360

1890's Symington Corset #2360

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.

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