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.
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".
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.
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.
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".
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.
Mark shares with us the secrets of working with stretchy powernet, and shows how to make a vintage corselette of the 1950s or 60s.
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.
Mark shows you how to adapt the basic "darted cup" bra pattern into three further styles, including a strapless bra shape.
Part 3 of our bra pattern drafting/making series. You have taken measurements and drafted a pattern - now break out the sewing kit!
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.
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?
British corsetmaker Charlotte Raine shares her experiences of obtaining photography for her business - obstacles overcome, and lessons learned.
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?
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...
A fiddly but simple method, and the results are astonishingly lovely. Here's how to create your own couture silk lingerie!
Mark helps us to understand what is actually possible to do to the body with shapewear and what is in the realm of fantasy.
Marion studies some extant pieces for construction ideas and then gives a simple pattern draft for "tap pants" or "French knickers".
Knickers are probably the lingerie item that receive the least consideration. Marion redresses the balance with a brief vintage history.
The finishing touches to the Bunny Suit (includes patterns), and how it can become a basis for showgirl & burlesque outfits too!