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Symington's Flossing Sampler

Symington's Flossing Sampler

Play with these designs and draw inspiration from them for your own corsets - either to create modern corsets, or historical recreations.

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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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1890s Symington #2360, in Red

1890s Symington #2360, in Red

Michelle uses the FR Symington drafting method to create a surprisingly comfortable and accurate corded corset.

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The Athletic Corset, Part 2

The Athletic Corset, Part 2

The Athletic Corset allowed the wearer greater comfort and freedom of movement than ever. Kat tests the claims by making her own.

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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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1890's Symington Corset #2360

1890's Symington Corset #2360

What do you do when it's not going well at all? Breanna proves that a not-so-promising mock-up CAN be turned around and saved.

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The Athletic Corset: Part 1

The Athletic Corset: Part 1

Exploring the new fashion for free movement c.1900, then drafting and fitting an "Athletic Corset" with a stretch panel.

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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 2

W.H.K. & S. “Catharine Hayes” Corset 2

What if a Victorian corsetière had today’s tools and materials? Laurie answers by walking us through a beautiful corset.

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Symington Pattern #31400

Symington Pattern #31400

Clare test drives a Symington Collection corset pattern that features ten panels, lots of cording and some interesting bust seaming.

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1899 Le Mode Pratique - Short Corset

1899 Le Mode Pratique - Short Corset

Nikki experiments with this beautiful pattern of short length, devastating curves, and lots of gores, testing her seaming and boning choices.

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Symington Pattern REF #32730, Part 2

Symington Pattern REF #32730, Part 2

April finishes this beautiful corset, sharing lessons she learned about alterations, welt seams, flossing & choosing the right model.

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Symington Pattern REF #32730

Symington Pattern REF #32730

April describes her experience with image No.104 of the Symington Collection, right through the mockup phase of her project.

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1897 Abbie King Corset Follow Up

1897 Abbie King Corset Follow Up

Jennifer brings her late Victorian corsetry project to completion, creating a corset she is very happy with and in the color of the year, to boot!

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1897 Abbie King Corset

1897 Abbie King Corset

Jennifer constructs this beautiful Victorian corset in which adding, removing, or resizing panels propose to make it uniquely adjustable for fit and comfort.

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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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