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Georgian Regency

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 2

Regency Stays 1790-1820, part 2

Wendy puts her earlier research on transitional Regency stays into practice and reproduces a set of stays for herself, walking us through the fitting stages.

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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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Making a Pair of 1760 Stays

Making a Pair of 1760 Stays

Izabela gives us a simple, yet accurate construction guide for the non-expert that offers maximum fitting opportunities.

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Stays c.1776-1785, part 2

Stays c.1776-1785, part 2

Hallie Larkin provides the pattern and sizing instructions, and walks us through period-accurate construction and replication of these authentic stays.

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18th century Maternity Stays

18th century Maternity Stays

There have always been pregnant women, and women nursing, but what they wore during these times is harder to know. Amanda investigates and makes her own.

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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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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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Why the History of Corsetry Matters

Why the History of Corsetry Matters

Why should you care about the history of corsetry? Because the techniques they used to "get the look" can be used by us too.

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Regency Era Corset Elastique

Regency Era Corset Elastique

The Corset Elastique, or Elastic Stay, is an interesting oddity in the little-known world of Regency era corsets. Amanda investigates.

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Late 18th Century Skirt Supports

Late 18th Century Skirt Supports

Dresses of the 1770s-80s were worn over a “bum” or “rump,” but there is little extant evidence as to what shape and proportion these rumps took.

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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: December 2009

Letters, Questions & Advice: December 2009

There are two questions this month. One on patterning/fitting a corset for a figure where the waist is almost as big as the hips. The other is on horizontal boning channels in 18th century corsets.

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