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Corset Pattern

Recreating Elizabethan Bodies

Recreating Elizabethan Bodies

Alison Kannon demystifies the construction and recreation of “bodies”, the stiffened supportive layer of clothing that later came to be called a corset or stays.

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A Pair of Stays c.1776-1785, part 2

A Pair of 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 Pregnancy & Nursing Stays

18th century Pregnancy & Nursing 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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1862 Mina Sebille Corset, Part 1

1862 Mina Sebille Corset, Part 1

Andrea guides us through the mockup of the Mina Sebille’s Patent US39964 which is a basic corset pattern comprised of only five pieces per side.

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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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Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 2

Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 2

In this second instalment, Clare will take us through the process of making the final corset and the lessons she learned from this project.

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1878 Marsh Corset, part 2

1878 Marsh Corset, part 2

Marsh claims leather is more durable in the hard wearing areas of a corset. Christina tests his theory on this C19th patent - is he right?

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1878 Marsh Corset, part 1

1878 Marsh Corset, part 1

Christina takes us through a mockup of this patent, in which Marsh claims two “improvements” to corsets, discussing her observations.

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Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 1

Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 1

Clare takes on the FR patent challenge to breathe life into this deceivingly simple 1878 corset, beginning with the toile.

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T.S.Gilbert 1873 Corset Patent, Part 2

T.S.Gilbert 1873 Corset Patent, Part 2

Katie-Louise guides us through the completion of this beautiful Victorian corset and discusses the changes she would make to the pattern if she made it again.

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T.S.Gilbert 1873 Corset Patent

T.S.Gilbert 1873 Corset Patent

 Katie-Louise guides us through the interpretation of this style, through fitting all the way to making a toile of this beautiful Victorian corset.

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1889 Higby Corset-Waist

1889 Higby Corset-Waist

Jennifer walks us through this beautiful corset-waist, a light duty corset meant to still give support but to allow greater movement and flexibility.

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1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249, Part 2

1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249, Part 2

In part two of her series, Kat discusses the pattern text, pre-construction and construction of this beautiful corset.

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Patent Challenge T. S. Gilbert No. 332,245 part 1

Patent Challenge T. S. Gilbert No. 332,245 part 1

Emily tackles this corset patent which attempts to avoid gores at the breast whilst still achieving 'a perfect fit upon the person'.

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1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249

1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249

In part one of her series, Kat discusses a Victorian patent, designed to create graceful Grecian curves, the pattern and how it was made.

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1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 2

1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 2

Hannah uses information gained from her first article about this late C19th pattern to construct and finish a beautiful corset using silk organza, coutil and steel.

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Griswold’s 1883 Corset

Griswold’s 1883 Corset

Sandra explores a high-panel C19th corset with multiple vertical seams, giving corsetmakers plenty of areas to make adjustments.

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1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 1

1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 1

Hannah gets us started with this beautiful late 19th century corset and tests the patent's claim to provide ‘best possible shape with greatest comfort’.

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1884 Higby Corset Patent #294620

1884 Higby Corset Patent #294620

Izabela works through the entire process of creating this unusual C19th corset from just an online explanation of the patent to a fully-developed undergarment!

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