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During the early 19th century the whalebone, reed and metal that are familar to us were set aside in favour of simple cording.
A close up look at the construction and details of an absolutely classic pair of mid eighteenth century stays - including the pattern.
Wendy analyzes over 80 stays from 1790-1829 for fiber, colour, weave, length, opening placement, shoulder treatment, bust shaping, boning or cording.
Knowing how stays were really made allows us to imitate those techniques and produce an accurate garment. We study the genuine article in detail.
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.
Kelli guides us through the patent on this unusual 1881 corset featuring covered metal springs and heavily gathered side-panels.
In part one of her series, Kat discusses a Victorian patent, designed to create graceful Grecian curves, the pattern and how it was made.
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.
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.
Recreating the 1895 ventilated corset using a pattern that Nikki took from the original surviving half in the Symington Collection.
Nikki discusses the history of ventilated corsets, and then dives right into a Symington example and shows us how it was made.
Ever wanted to make that black and yellow beauty from Symingtons? Michelle finds the matching pattern and shows you how!
April covers the basics of making up our Competition 2016 pattern, with observations and suggestions to achieve a "modern" fit.
Laurie provides an in-depth case study of this beautiful, lace-trimmed, 'Victorian Edwardian' Corset - an intriguing auction find.
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.
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.
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.
The pattern and a step-by-step guide to make this elegant corset from 1899-1900, including a new seam technique just for corsetry that negotiates curves perfectly and encases all the raw edges neatly.
Finishing a reproduction 1909 corset, with lapped seam tutorial video (they're not as tricky as they seem) and inspiration to tackle UFOs!
Altering a premade Edwardian pattern is difficult, so the ability to draft one from scratch saves a big headache! Part three...