Jul 2010

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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Hearts 3: First Toile

Hearts 3: First Toile

Last month a very decisive 73% of you wanted to see the pattern re-worked twice for the model.  This month, we will focus on the first version, as it came off the pattern block.

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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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Open Drawers 1850s - 1860s

Open Drawers 1850s - 1860s

An open pair of cotton drawers in the style of the 1840's  (but dated late 1850s to 1860s), with delicate whitework embroidery, sewn on a chain stitch machine.

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Case Study: House of Canney

Case Study: House of Canney

Flamboyant designer and artist Anthony Canney advises on dealing with clients successfully and on corsetmaking for gentlemen.

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