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Nikki Swift

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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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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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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1908 Corset Breveté Part 4

1908 Corset Breveté Part 4

Nikki walks us through crafting the final version of this amazing garment, wth particular attention paid to the order of construction.

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 3

1908 Corset Breveté Part 3

Nikki uses the unusual pattern she has taken from this garment to recreate the bust improver (bra) section of this unique corset.

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 2

1908 Corset Breveté Part 2

Nikki maps out all the pieces of the main corset in detail, and shows how all the pieces fit together to give a truly versatile garment.

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 1

1908 Corset Breveté Part 1

This very unusual French corset with detachable bra sparks interesting new ideas for modern makers. Is this the new Sanakor?

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1907 Self-Lacing Front Closure

1907 Self-Lacing Front Closure

Nikki takes us through this alternative Edwardian front-closing corset, aimed at making the process of self-lacing easier for a lady.

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The Sanakor Plunge Corset, Part 3

The Sanakor Plunge Corset, Part 3

Wearability for the modern day comes from giving full bust coverage, enabling the Sanakor to be worn as both under- and outerwear!

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The Sanakor Plunge Corset, Part 2

The Sanakor Plunge Corset, Part 2

In part 2, Nikki recreates the design of this unusual Edwardian corset from the Symington collection using the pattern from part 1.

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The Sanakor Plunge Corset, Part 1

The Sanakor Plunge Corset, Part 1

Nikki introduces us to this beautiful and unique corset, and begins the task of bringing it to life by taking a pattern from an original.

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The Busk: Past, Present and Future

The Busk: Past, Present and Future

The changing face of the busk: different styles and their uses, present day innovations and possible futures.

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The Pipestem Corset

The Pipestem Corset

Nikki guides us through the mysterious waters of the pipestem corset, including a bit of history and a lesson on what is / is not a pipestem.

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Seam types and their uses in corsetry

Seam types and their uses in corsetry

Nikki helps us identify different seam types and how (or how not) to use them in your corsetry creations.

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Hip Fins

Hip Fins

A hip fin is an external structural embellishment that typically sits over the hip of the corset. Nikki gives us the details on how to get it there!

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