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Underbust Pattern Drafting

Underbust Pattern Drafting

Simple underbust corsets are a staple for corset wearers and makers. Here are the patternmaking tools and techniques to get you started right. (Updated 6/21/12 with clarified drafting instructions)

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Corset Pattern Scaling

Corset Pattern Scaling

Sandra Stuart walks you through enlarging a small diagram to the correct size for the creation of a working pattern, using an 1878 original and Photoshop.

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Mannequins: The Gilded Lily

Mannequins: The Gilded Lily

Inspired by the gilded form seen in many a Sparklewren photograph, Anya has another go at making a display form - with sparkle!

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The DIY Dressform Hack, Part 3

The DIY Dressform Hack, Part 3

Anya continues her dressform journey by documenting her own process of making a body cast for accurate fittings.

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DIY Mannequins for Draping and Corsetry Display

DIY Mannequins for Draping and Corsetry Display

Anya consolidates some of the information on dress forms, discussing different techniques and their various pros and cons.

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Mannequins: The Shape of Culture

Mannequins: The Shape of Culture

The first of a series in which Anya will summarise her mannequin quest to assist in creating your own dress form or display mannequin.

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Flattering Different Figures Using Design

Flattering Different Figures Using Design

Rossanne explores decorative ways to change the perceived shape of the body through corset design, to best flatter yourself or your clients.

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Corset Construction: Results

Corset Construction: Results

A while ago, Marta made two corsets from the same pattern, using different methods. Now she presents the results of her test.

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Five Corsetry Tips and Tricks

Five Corsetry Tips and Tricks

Little things make all the difference. Sara shows us five tricks that are often overlooked, but can make a big impact in our work!

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Corsetmaking Tips & Techniques

Corsetmaking Tips & Techniques

Mark dishes out some helpful hints and tools for corset making, including a faster way of cording, plus bone tipping and eyelet reinforcement.

 

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Crystal Whistlejacket Corset Cincher

Crystal Whistlejacket Corset Cincher

Got a small remnant of beautiful, rare or expensive fabric? Want to try something new - like a hand-quilted motif? Feature it on a petite cincher!

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The Corset Maker's Tools

The Corset Maker's Tools

What are the correct tools for corsetry, when some swear by tools that others avoid? I'll share what's in my toolbox, what has been relegated to the scrapheap, and why.

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Basic Flexible Busk Insertion

Basic Flexible Busk Insertion

A tricky skill to master: Laura details a few techniques on how to do it right first time, every time - and how to keep your stitching straight.

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Silhouette and Embellishment, pt 2

Silhouette and Embellishment, pt 2

The hugely talented artist behind Sparklewren Bespoke Corsetry goes into detail about her embellishment processes.

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Lace overlay for an underbust corset

Lace overlay for an underbust corset

Flo guides us through the process of drafting a simple border lace overlay for the top half of an underbust corset.

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Silverado Corset, Start to Finish 5

Silverado Corset, Start to Finish 5

Continuing the Silverado series, making a professional corset step by step, with Laura's long-awaited how-to for External Boning Channels.

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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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Preparing for Business, Part 1

Preparing for Business, Part 1

Practising making corsets in preparation for selling: what exactly should you practise, and what's the most effective way to use your time and resources?

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Drawing Flats for Corsetieres: 2

Drawing Flats for Corsetieres: 2

More on technical fashion drawings known as "flats". You'll learn how to take your corset illustrations to the next level, with Marianne's three keys to beautiful flats.

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