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I Can't Breathe Just Looking At This

I Can't Breathe Just Looking At This

Why is the humble corset re-imagined as a torture device? Is its reputation justified - and did we really leave restrictive fashion behind?

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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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Bring Back Sewing: Foundations in 2017

Bring Back Sewing: Foundations in 2017

Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you weren't quite living up to your potential? That guilty feeling really sucks, but it's a good sign, because it tends to be followed, sooner or later, by a moment of decision. Ok. That's it. This is going to change now. It's time...

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Draft a Symington Corset Pattern

Draft a Symington Corset Pattern

It's fun to play with the original Symington Victorian corset patterns - but here, for the first time anywhere, is how to draft one yourself.

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Draft Your Corset Pattern

Draft Your Corset Pattern

How to make your own personalised custom corset pattern, based on corset designs of the late 1870s... this might just be the best corset pattern you'll ever use.

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Corsetmaking Revolution

Corsetmaking Revolution

The revolutionary, free tutorial that enables you to create a unique, beautifully fitting corset from ANY pattern - antique or new.

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Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding

Binding stays and corsets is frustrating... isn't it? Find out how to perfect your stays and corsets with our indispensible guide!

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How to make a Flossing Sampler

How to make a Flossing Sampler

NEW: The patterns are becoming more tricky now... or are they? This week we try a couple of ideas that look complex... but aren't hard.

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Flossing Design Library

Flossing Design Library

A unique collection of historic corset flossing designs from which members and non-members can draw inspiration.

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How To Find The Time

How To Find The Time

Racing thoughts? Too much to do? No time to make your creative dreams real? Here's how to find some clarity and move forward.

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Contracts for Corsetmakers

Contracts for Corsetmakers

How do you know that your client will pay? How do you know that they won't ruin and try to return what you've made them? The answer to most concerns is a good contract. Are you protecting yourself?

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How Much To Charge?

How Much To Charge?

How much should a corsetmaker charge, without either selling yourself short or discouraging potential clients? What's a truly fair price?

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Questions & Answers February 2011

Questions & Answers February 2011

Three awesome questions & solutions: fitting 1770's stays for curvy figures, changing overbust corsets to underbusts, and corsets for apple shape figures.

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Letters, Questions & Advice: May 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: May 2010

Help in creating a corset pattern for an asymmetrical figure; advice on dealing with models, corsets and photoshoots; and how to clean everyday corsets.

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Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

Two questions and a short story on the Letters page this month: how to make a set of the 1660 watered silk stays from the V&A, alternative lacing and where to find colored eyelets, a short story from 1913.

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Letters, Questions & Advice: February 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: February 2010

This month we have four questions: transferring marks to the garment, how to sew a challenging area on an 1891 Ageless patterns corset, bias cut panels on Teens corsets, how to adjust a pattern for a client's challenging hip area

 

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