Wendy analyzes over 80 stays from 1790-1829 for fiber, colour, weave, length, opening placement, shoulder treatment, bust shaping, boning or cording.
Knowing how stays were really made allows us to imitate those techniques and produce an accurate garment. We study the genuine article in detail.
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...
Coraline? You may have seen it advertised in an old corset ad, but what was it? Astrida investigates and explains.
Kelly compares synthetic (plastic) whalebone with spiral steel by making two identical late Victorian corsets. Which works best?
Luca details why we should be using synthetic boning instead of steel for certain applications, and why it is actually more authentic!
How to make this very unique busk step by step at home with hand tools, which are easily acquired at your local hardware store if you don’t already have them at home.
Corsetmaking presents no one-size-fits-all solutions. Jenni conducts a unique experiment to compare the effects of four different types of steel in her bespoke corsets.
A mysterious pattern book from the 1920s reveals its secrets... including two beautiful Edwardian corset patterns you haven't seen!
Little things make all the difference. Sara shows us five tricks that are often overlooked, but can make a big impact in our work!
Marta sets out to compare multiple layered and stitched, steel boned 'modern' construction to the 'old' methods.
Addressing issues on the positioning of boning channels, discussing the reasons for boning a corset, and providing ideas for experimentation.
Lots of people have asked how to get perfectly straight and even boning channels. Here are a few tips and tricks that'll help you tame unruly stitching.
Continuing the series, making a professional corset step by step with Laura's long-awaited Two Layer "Cheat" Method for boning channels.
Continuing the Silverado series, making a professional corset step by step, with Laura's long-awaited how-to for External Boning Channels.
Mark helps us to understand what is actually possible to do to the body with shapewear and what is in the realm of fantasy.
Three awesome questions & solutions: fitting 1770's stays for curvy figures, changing overbust corsets to underbusts, and corsets for apple shape figures.
This month we have two questions - one on copyright-free patterns for corsets made for retail and one on proper length of bones.