Wendy analyzes over 80 stays from 1790-1829 for fiber, colour, weave, length, opening placement, shoulder treatment, bust shaping, boning or cording.
Izabela gives us a simple, yet accurate construction guide for the non-expert that offers maximum fitting opportunities.
Alison Kannon demystifies the construction and recreation of “bodies”, the stiffened supportive layer of clothing that later came to be called a corset or stays.
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 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.
Michelle uses the FR Symington drafting method to create a surprisingly comfortable and accurate corded corset.
Michelle tackles C.L. Olmstead's 1912-13 corset patent and learns a lot about good corset making, especially about fabric selection...
Jennifer shows you how to alter the pattern from last month, then sew the corset step by step, using the same vintage techniques as in the original.
Corsets don't have to weigh a lot. Here are a few vintage methods you can emulate to achieve a lightweight, yet strong corset.
The changing face of the busk: different styles and their uses, present day innovations and possible futures.
Sewing with fine, slippery fabrics like silk crepe, gauze, habotai and chiffon can be scary. Marion aims to help us navigate these rough waters.
Melanie discusses closures for latex outfits, including when and exactly how to set both visible and invisible zippers into latex.
Melanie tackles how to buy materials for working with latex, as well as some basic gluing and seaming skills, and safety advice you need.
High quality leather work of this kind is recognisable by its well-finished edge. Rebecca takes us through the process.
Rebecca explains the tools of leatherwork by taking you through an example of carving leather. Follow along and try a new skill!
Ever admired hand tooled leather corsetry? Here's how to select, purchase, and plan corsets with it, for those who are more used to fabric.