Vintage 20th century

Underwire Theory: Levers, Fulcrums

Underwire Theory: Levers, Fulcrums

In this article Mark looks at some of the load-bearing theory behind underwires in bras, discusses what they do, and shows you how to make your own underwires.

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Push Up and Sling Bras 2

Push Up and Sling Bras 2

Part 2 of Push Up and Sling Bras series. You've drafted the cups in part 1, now we'll draft the bra wing with gated back fastening, and sew the push up bra.

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Push Up and Sling Bras

Push Up and Sling Bras

In this article on bra design we will look at more cup shaping options, push up bras, and sling bras, and try to solve the problem of "east westing". 

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Stretch Fabric Control Panels

Stretch Fabric Control Panels

Mark takes the basic corselet further by adding shaping or control panels to it. He also shows how to adapt the corselet blocks to make other foundation garments.

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How to Make a Corselette

How to Make a Corselette

Mark shares with us the secrets of working with stretchy powernet, and shows how to make a vintage corselette of the 1950s or 60s.

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How to Make a 1950's Bullet Bra

How to Make a 1950's Bullet Bra

Silhouette is important for vintage as well as historical clothing: make an authentic pointy bra that Jane Russell or Marilyn Monroe would have been proud of.

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How To Make A Bra 4

How To Make A Bra 4

Mark shows you how to adapt the basic "darted cup" bra pattern into three further styles, including a strapless bra shape.

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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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How To Make A Bra 2

How To Make A Bra 2

Part 2 of our bra pattern drafting and making series: drafting the blocks for the cups, cradle and wings of a simple underwired “Darted Cup” Bra. 

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How To Make A Bra 1

How To Make A Bra 1

The first in a series of articles on bra patterning and making. Before we get out the fabric, there's a big obstacle to tackle: what size bra do you want?

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How to Do a Photoshoot

How to Do a Photoshoot

British corsetmaker Charlotte Raine shares her experiences of obtaining photography for her business - obstacles overcome, and lessons learned.

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Towards a Distinctive House Style: 2

Towards a Distinctive House Style: 2

Jenni continues on silhouette and fitting a house style on different body shapes, plus its relationship to your corsetry business and brand identity as a whole.

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Towards a Distinctive House Style: 1

Towards a Distinctive House Style: 1

Jenni begins her discussion of silhouette, including personal preference and inspiration.

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Edwardian and 1910’s Brassieres

Edwardian and 1910’s Brassieres

When corsets dipped below the bust in the early 1900s, what did women use to support the bust? How did bras develop into a must-have garment?

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Winterthur Museum Library

Winterthur Museum Library

Trying to date a particular corset, track changes in lingerie fashion down to a few years, or just looking for new inspiration? Plenty here to keep you busy...

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How to Create Silk Cutwork

How to Create Silk Cutwork

A fiddly but simple method, and the results are astonishingly lovely. Here's how to create your own couture silk lingerie!

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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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Knickers 1920-1940

Knickers 1920-1940

Knickers are probably the lingerie item that receive the least consideration. Marion redresses the balance with a brief vintage history.

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Playboy Club Bunny Suit 3

Playboy Club Bunny Suit 3

The finishing touches to the Bunny Suit (includes patterns), and how it can become a basis for showgirl & burlesque outfits too!

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