Antique Corset

Regency Corded Corsets

Regency Corded Corsets

During the early 19th century the whalebone, reed and metal that are familar to us were set aside in favour of simple cording.

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A Pair of 18th c. Stays, Close Up

A Pair of 18th c. Stays, Close Up

A close up look at the construction and details of an absolutely classic pair of mid eighteenth century stays - including the pattern.

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Regency Stays 1790-1820 part 1

Regency Stays 1790-1820 part 1

Wendy analyzes over 80 stays from 1790-1829 for fiber, colour, weave, length, opening placement, shoulder treatment, bust shaping, boning or cording.

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Stays c.1776-1785, part 1

Stays c.1776-1785, part 1

Knowing how stays were really made allows us to imitate those techniques and produce an accurate garment. We study the genuine article in detail.

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1869 Skeleton Corset

1869 Skeleton Corset

Photos, details and a pattern for an 1869 American skeleton corset. It has no fabric between the boning channels, just a few horizontal tapes to hold the bone casings together.

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Coiled Wire Spring Corset

Coiled Wire Spring Corset

Kelli guides us through the patent on this unusual 1881 corset featuring covered metal springs and heavily gathered side-panels.

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1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249

1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249

In part one of her series, Kat discusses a Victorian patent, designed to create graceful Grecian curves, the pattern and how it was made.

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1880s Corded Corset

1880s Corded Corset

This corset uses machine corded fabric instead of bones to stiffen the panels into an impressively curvaceous shape. Here's how to make a corded corset yourself.

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Plus Size Corset Pattern

Plus Size Corset Pattern

We look in detail at a rare antique shop find - a real, plus size Victorian corset with a 38" waist - and then we give you the pattern.

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Symington Corsetmaking Technique 3

Symington Corsetmaking Technique 3

This gorgeous black and yellow Symington corset is a real show-stopper. Here, Michelle walks us through its construction, step by step. 

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Symington Corsetmaking Technique 2

Symington Corsetmaking Technique 2

This gorgeous black and yellow Symington corset is a real show-stopper. Here, Michelle walks us through its construction, step by step. 

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Symington Corsetmaking Technique 1

Symington Corsetmaking Technique 1

In more detail than ever: pattern study, materials, cutting and fusing to reproduce this gorgeous Symington show-stopper.

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1895 Ventilated Corset, part 2

1895 Ventilated Corset, part 2

Recreating the 1895 ventilated corset using a pattern that Nikki took from the original surviving half in the Symington Collection.

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1895 Ventilated Corset

1895 Ventilated Corset

Nikki discusses the history of ventilated corsets, and then dives right into a Symington example and shows us how it was made.

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Black/Yellow Symington Corset 31300

Black/Yellow Symington Corset 31300

Ever wanted to make that black and yellow beauty from Symingtons? Michelle finds the matching pattern and shows you how!

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Symington Corset Pattern 23160

Symington Corset Pattern 23160

April covers the basics of making up our Competition 2016 pattern, with observations and suggestions to achieve a "modern" fit.

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W.H.K. & S. “Catharine Hayes” Corset

W.H.K. & S. “Catharine Hayes” Corset

Laurie provides an in-depth case study of this beautiful, lace-trimmed, 'Victorian Edwardian' Corset - an intriguing auction find.

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Recreating an 1890s Corset, part 2

Recreating an 1890s Corset, part 2

Jema takes the pattern she made from an antique here and recreates it step by step, including a lapped seam technique for one layer corsets that neatly encases all raw edges on both sides.

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1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 2

1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 2

Here's more about Thomson's Patent 611,116 Glove Fitting Corset pattern and its maker, along with my method of patterning this corset from scratch.

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1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 1

1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 1

Thomson's Glove fitting corset: we look at an 1898 Thomson patent, advertisements, a few extant corsets and work on putting the pieces together to recreate it.

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