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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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1868 Madam Foy Corset, part 2

1868 Madam Foy Corset, part 2

Part 2 of Madam Foy's 1868 patent corset, with two finished corsets, one in coutil  and one in silk.

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1868 Madam Foy Corset, part 1

1868 Madam Foy Corset, part 1

Carly recreates an 1868 corset patent for her own unique body type, using Laura Loft's Silverado corset instructions. 1: drafting and first mock-up.

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1869 Skeleton Corset

1869 Skeleton Corset

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.

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Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 3

Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 3

Sandra Stuart shares each step in the construction of this real Victorian corset patent, finding it an illuminating experience with stunning results!

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Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 2

Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 2

Sandra begins constructing her intricate 1878 corset by tea-dying the fabric, then carefully cording and embroidering the pieces to match a favourite teacup.

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Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 1

Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 1

Sandra Stuart tackles re-creating a gusseted and gored corset using an 1878 patent diagram, from pattern enlargement to construction and fitting. 

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1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 3

1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 3

Andrea makes a final bridal-styled version of the 1882 Strauss patent corset, perfecting the technique and adding gorgeous lace and amazing flossing!

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1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 2

1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 2

Andrea makes a second mockup in her size, and shows how spiral boning and plastic boning behave in this complex corset design.

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1882 Strauss patent 271377

1882 Strauss patent 271377

When I first looked at the patent for this 1882 Strauss corset I was incredibly intimidated. It has 26 pieces, 13 each side, and only six are just fabric...

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Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset 2

Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset 2

Constructing a diagonally seamed corset: Katarina includes some useful tips for easier corset sewing and for making strong tightlacing corsets.

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Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset

Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset

The 1885 ad raised questions. What is a diagonal cut for? Function, decoration, or gimmick? Katarina has a go at making one to find out.

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1880s Corded Corset

1880s Corded Corset

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.

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Plus Size Corset Pattern

Plus Size Corset Pattern

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.

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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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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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W.H.K. & S. “Catharine Hayes” Corset

W.H.K. & S. “Catharine Hayes” Corset

Laurie provides an in-depth case study of this beautiful, lace-trimmed, 'Victorian Edwardian' Corset - an intriguing auction find.

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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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1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 3

1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 3

Last month we drafted the pattern for this unusual design. This month, the step by step construction process, including how to sew some very tricky seams! Suitable for beginners.

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