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Hold Your Most Fabulous Corsets In Your Hands, Not Just In Your Head

 

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Cathy Hay

Cathy Hay: Founder
 
British costume artist Cathy Hay is the creator and publisher of both Foundations Revealed and the award-winning Your Wardrobe Unlock'd, which were borne out of a grand wish to help other corsetmakers and seamstresses to connect with each other, learn together, stay inspired and positive, maximise their skills and realise their sewing dreams. She is a member of both the Costume Society in the UK and the Costumer's Guild West in the USA, and teaches at Costume College. Her own website is The Peacock Dress and Other Stories.

 

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Luca Costigliolo: Mentor
 
Luca Costigliolo changed the corsetry world in 2015 with just one Foundations Revealed article about synthetic whalebone. He is an extraordinarily talented costume cutter and maker for film, television and stage around the world, with a genius eye for what works in creating a truly stunning, historically accurate silhouette.

He recently worked in Hungary as a cutter on the Showtime costume drama The Borgias, creating all the costumes for the role of Lucrezia Borgia, designed by Oscar winner Gabriella Pescucci. For nine years he was the Head of Wardrobe for the Spoleto Opera Festival in Italy, and he was a member of the wardrobe team at Shakepseare’s Globe Theatre in London from 1999-2005, cutting and hand-making clothes for award winning productions.

He teaches accurate historical cutting and sewing techniques at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome along with world famous costume designer Piero Tosi. He also teaches short courses at the School of Historical Dress in London.

His knowledge on historical tailoring and dressmaking techniques have led him to collaborate with museums with important dress collections such as The Bowes Museum in the UK and the National Trust, for whom he has recreated an 1884 gown that belonged to Princess Alexandra. Luca was also the historical sewing expert on recent BBC programmes such as Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm.

Luca is the co-author of three pattern cutting and construction books for V&A Publications, as well as the forthcoming Patterns Of Fashion 5, continuing the work of Janet Arnold.

He's also a warm, friendly, funny, approachable guy, as you're about to find out, and he REALLY wants to help you succeed so that there can be more beautiful corsets and clothes in the world!

 

 

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Lowana O'Shea: Mentor

Lowana is the designer and corsetiere behind celebrated Australian slow fashion label Vanyanís, specializing in exquisite corsetry, bridal couture and luxury ready-to-wear fashion. Vanyanís is also well known for the re-invention of engraved busks, which were launched in 2015 to corsetmakers worldwide. 

Alongside running Vanyanís and working for other corsetry companies, Lowana opened her School of Couture in 2015, becoming a rare and valuable source of in-person corsetry classes in Australia. Driven to preserve the art of corsetry, Lowana passes her skills to a new cohort of emerging corset makers and gets a thrill every time she sees her students succeed and flourish. She is passionate about empowering her students with the skills they need to continue their sewing independently, providing the guidance and support she wished she had when starting her own journey. 

Lowana's skills have been hard won through over a decade of study. She is known for her meticulous attention to detail and love of subtle (but extravagant) details in her work, becoming the corsetmaker's corsetmaker. After commissioning her bridal gown from Vanyanis, FR writer Amber Welch commented, "As a corsetiere myself, I'm convinced she's doing some of the most exquisite work in the industry, right up there with Mr Pearl."

Besides all her impressive professional credentials, I have encouraged Lowana to become your Mentor because she is also possibly the most loving and supportive human I have ever met. Her nurturing presence will enable you all to feel that you CAN reach for the stars!

 

 

Sharon Nevin

Sharon Nevin: Correspondence Rock Star
 

Sharon is official Correspondence Rock Star for Harman Hay Publications, answering your email and keeping the administration running smoothly.

Sharon fell down the rabbit hole of historic costuming when she first started University and came across a medieval group at orientation week. Since then her interest in Medieval and Tudor costuming has expanded to cover much of the Early Modern period. Sharon is also fascinated by the mechanics and evolution of pattern drafting systems and changes in sewing techniques over time.

Sharon is Australian-British and is currently living in England (again).

 

 

Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata: Content Layout Rock Star

Elizabeth uploads and lays out all our new articles.

Her very first sewing project was an 18th-century robe à l’anglaise for a sixth-grade history report. It took her so long to get dressed that the principal thought she’d pulled a runner, and called the cops.

Elizabeth first cosplayed in 1997 in a truly awful Ranma 1/2 costume at the Chicago Comic Con. She's dressed up as a variety of characters over the years, and her personal philosophy is, "Go big, or go home." Style icons include Dolly Parton and Charo. Elizabeth spent several years working in costume shops around the country and has made costumes for everyone from good-hearted Oscar-winners to raving divas nobody has ever heard of. She collects vintage clothes and loves sewing more than anything in the world except baby cows.

She has a Master's in Japanese history from Stanford and currently works as a writer. Her long-term career goal is to become either a drag queen or a parade float.

More of her work can be seen at Ambience Chaser.

Foundations Revealed: The Home of Corsetmaking and Bra Making.

The online corsetry apprenticeship that puts you in control of your learning.

Basic push-up corset shape by Barbara Pesendorfer of Royal Black Couture Corsetry for Foundations Revealed All done! "Le Vitrail" (The Stained Glass Window) by Julianne Coriandoli, winner of the Foundations Revealed 2014 Competition

Beginners

  • Save money by learning which tools and materials are worth buying, which aren't, and how to use them properly
  • Build confidence by getting a solid grounding in the essential skills you need, with minimal trial and error
  • Ask questions and get informed feedback - there's no need to try to figure it out alone!
  • Free articles to get you started

Intermediate makers

  • Get over that plateau with an unrivalled range of real Victorian patterns
  • Get noticed and build a following in our annual Corset Competition
  • Test out that dream of going pro by browsing our articles on running a corsetmaking business

 Advanced makers

  • Go professional with confidence, with the support and advice of our Business section, or just go the distance with meaty projects that you can really get your teeth into
  • Become a Foundations writer and give something back to your community. Unlike many websites, we pay all our writers
  • Take 21st century corsetmaking forward, rediscovering and developing Victorian secrets into new ideas for modern times.

 

Learn from the world's best makers, including

Jenni Hampshire (Sparklewren Bespoke Corsetry)
Barbara Pesendorfer (Royal Black Couture and Corsetry)
Laurie Tavan (Daze of Laur)
... and over 60 more...

 

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Classes, conventions and conferences inspire you for a couple of days, but are over quickly, cost hundreds of dollars and require lots of travelling time. 

College courses cost tens of thousands of dollars and only cover the basics of the craft.

Members of Foundations Revealed use all our resources, whenever and wherever you wish, at your own pace, for a small, affordable contribution of $14.97 per month to make membership accessible for as many people as possible, whilst also supporting our hardworking teachers and staff.

(Cancel any time.)

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"There's lots of information on the internet for free, but the nice thing about THIS site is the consistent quality... I'd rather be able to go to one source and find trustworthy information from people who've been "vetted" by the pros."

Kay, Missouri, USA

 

 

Memberships

How to Purchase a Membership
How to Manage your Membership
How to Log In and Log Out
How to Cancel Your Membership (Paypal)
How to Cancel Your Membership (Credit card)
How to Get a Free Membership

Articles

How to Find Articles

How to Save your Favourite Articles at Foundations Revealed
How to Save an Article to your Hard Drive
How to Print an Article
How To Get Notified about New Articles
How to Use the Mobile and Desktop Sites

Get involved

How to Submit an Article Idea and Become a Writer
How to Contact Us

 


 

How to Purchase a Membership

Foundations Revealed opens for enrolment from time to time, but Membership is not available to purchase outside of those brief enrolment periods. Please join our waiting list to receive notification when enrolment opens. 

 

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How to Manage your Membership

Go to My Account by clicking the link in the login menu (top right of any page when you're not signed in) or the link in the footer menu at the bottom of any page. You'll need to sign in, using your usual login and password for the main site.

On this page you'll find details of your current membership and the date you're currently paid up to. There are also links to update your password, email address,  profile and email preferences.

 

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How to Log In and Log Out

Use the drop-down box on the top right of any page. If you're not logged in, it'll say Log In. If you *are* logged in, it'll say Hi [your name]!. Rest assured that only you can see your real name.

Don't forget that as well as bookmarking foundationsrevealed.com, you can also access the site easily with the abbreviated url frcorset.com.

 

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How to Cancel Your Membership (if you signed up with Paypal)

You may cancel your Membership with us at any time, but do keep in mind that the Membership price that you locked in at the time of signing up will be lost. Should you wish to re-join us at a later date, you will do so at the current rate at that time.

Please note that Paypal frequently change things around on their site. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if these instructions do not correspond with the Paypal site.

1. Log in to your account here.

2. On the left hand side of the page you will see a box entitled "Active Subscriptions", under which your membership type(s) will be listed. Click the "cancel" link next to the subscription you want to cancel.

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3. Confirm in the popup box.

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4. Log into Paypal and click "My Pre-Approved payments" in the yellow warning bar (illustrated below).

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5. Click on "Harman Hay Publications Inc".

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6. Hit "Cancel".

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7. Confirm your instruction in the pop-up box.

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8.Check for the confirmation message that your subscription is cancelled. You will also receive an email from us, and one from Paypal.

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Alternatively, drop us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving us at least three days' notice before your renewal date. (Find your renewal date by logging into My Account.) We do not offer full or partial refunds for late cancellations. You must cancel your membership BEFORE the next payment in order not to be charged. Once you have cancelled you will continue to have access to the members-only pages until the date to which you are paid up.

 

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How to Cancel Your Membership (if you signed up with a credit card)

You may cancel your Membership with us at any time, but do keep in mind that the Membership price that you locked in at the time of signing up will be lost. Should you wish to re-join us at a later date, you will do so at the current rate at that time.

1. Log in to your account here.

2. On the left hand side of the page you will see a box entitled "Active Subscriptions", under which your membership type(s) will be listed. Click the "cancel" link next to the subscription you want to cancel.

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3. Confirm in the popup box.

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4. The text will change to "Cancelled".

5. You will receive a confirmation email from us. Check your credit card the following month to ensure that no further charges have been made.

 

Alternatively, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving us at least three days' notice before your renewal date. (Find your renewal date by logging into My Account.) We do not offer full or partial refunds for late cancellations. You must cancel your membership BEFORE the next payment in order not to be charged. Once you have cancelled you will continue to have access to the members-only pages until the date to which you are paid up.

Cancellations may not be instantaneous and time should be allowed for the request to pass through the system. Cancellations made less then 36 hours before payment is due may not be processed in time.

 

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How to Get a Free Membership

You can get a free membership in one of three ways:

      • Become an Affiliate: Place our banners and links on your website and YOU will receive the equivalent of a month's membership fee when someone signs up through your link. We have a number of members who actually make more money by doing this than their membership costs - in effect *we* pay *them* to be members! (Your results may vary, however.)
      • Win our Competition: Each year we run a Competition with some fabulous prizes for makers at Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced skill levels. Every eligible entry is featured on the site, and winners are chosen by a silent vote among the paying members. The deadline and voting take place in February and March of each year. 
      • Become a writer: Every writer who successfully publishes more than four articles with us receives one year's free Membership.

 

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How to Find Articles

Free Articles

The Free Articles are available from the main menu by going to Articles>Free Articles. You can either select Beginner or Intermediate & Advanced in the submenu, or click on Free Articles itself to go to all of them. The full list has the Beginner articles at the beginning, then Intermediate and Advanced articles.

Most recent articles

These are on the Homepage. Click through to pages 2, 3, 4 and so on to go back a few weeks. You'll also find them by clicking on Articles in the top menu. If you're a paying member, this is also the page that comes up automatically after you log in.

By category

Hover over Articles on the top menu to see a drop down menu of article categories. Further sub-menus can be found by hovering over each category in the list. Clicking on a category or sub-category will take you to a menu of all articles under that heading.

By keyword search

Use the Search box on the top right of every page.

By writer, topic, historical era or month of publication

Click Index in the top menu. Then click one of the red "tags" down the right hand side of the Index page, such as "Jenni Hampshire" or "Pattern Drafting" or "Edwardian" or "March 2013", to see all articles that fit that description. You can aso click on any of the red tags at the bottom of an article to find other articles that match that tag name.

By looking at a complete index of all the articles

Click Index in the top menu and scroll down to see a full, clickable list of every article we've ever published.

If all else fails

Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

 

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How to Save your Favourite Articles at Foundations Revealed

reading listUnder every article intro on every menu page, and at the bottom of every full article, there is a small red bookmark symbol with the word "add" (pictured left). Click this to add the article to your Reading List.

Find your full Reading List, ready-sorted into categories, under Articles in the top menu. There's more on how to use the Reading List in our Blog.

 

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How to Save an Article to your Hard Drive

Use the Save function in your browser.

 

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How to Print an Article

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How To Get Notified about New Articles

Stay in touch by signing up for our mailing list. You will receive a free video or blog post every Thursday, and our Saturday morning email is our Members' quick at-a-glance weekly guide to what's new (Members only).

You can also keep in touch by following us on Facebook or Instagram.

 

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How to Use the Mobile and Desktop Sites

mobile menu iconWhen using the Desktop version of the site, your main navigation menu is across the top of the screen, under our logo. Hover over each item to see its submenu. Ensure that you use the site in a large enough window - go small enough and the site collapses to the mobile version.

 

desktop version iconOn the mobile site, click the square pink symbol (pictured above left) on the top left hand corner of your mobile device's screen to see a drop down version of the main menu. You will have to click on menu items to see the submenus, or you can switch to the desktop version of the site by clicking the "computer monitor" icon near the login box (pictured left).

 

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How to Submit an Article Idea and Become a Writer

Do not wait for us to "discover" you! We are always, always open to article ideas from new writers, and we are very friendly. Find out more about what we're looking for and how to contact the Editor by clicking Submissions in the footer menu at the bottom of any page.

 

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How to Contact Us

Use the Contact Us link in the footer menu at the bottom of any page to get hold of us. Keep in mind that we're a very small team indeed. We aim to answer customer service queries within 24 hours, or three days at the most, and other correspondence within a week.

 

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