Unlock your historical wardrobe

Find your style and sew it with confidence


Find your style and express it confidently with the most supportive sewing community in the world

We like to think that Foundations Revealed is the home of historical and fantastical sewing.

Since 2007, we have been helping aspiring costumers, historybounders, corsetieres and dressmakers around the world to learn all the skills you really need to create the eccentric wardrobe you've always wanted.

We help you thrive in an online membership community where you can live your best creative life in a place where you finally belong.  Live online workshops, a vast, exclusive library, and mentoring from the world's best and brightest makers ensure that you'll soon be stepping out with confidence in a style that is uniquely your own.

Become your most excellent self

Founder Cathy Hay and the Foundations Revealed team are passionate about helping you to learn new skills, stay inspired and positive, and realise your sewing dreams.



Growing up in England, I was lucky enough to go to one of those beautiful, quirky historic schools, with old buildings, winding staircases, and a wonderfully eccentric faculty who were passionate about their work and their students. I felt "different"... like I didn't really fit into the outside world... and so I became obsessed with creating a world of my own.

I didn't want to be like other girls... I had my own ideas and my own agenda for my life. I realised that if I wanted to dress as I really wanted to, I had to learn to sew... and the rest is, as they say, history.

Hi! I'm Cathy Hay.

I'm a historical dressmaker on a lifelong journey to help creative makers like us find and express ourselves through our clothing. I'm a former Mathematics teacher, from a family of teachers... and now I want to bring that historic feel to Foundations Revealed, my own online sewing school, founded in 2007.

For many years after I left mainstream teaching, I tried to re-invent the wheel as a professional dressmaker, figuring out historic styles and couture techniques for myself from old books and blogs. But I soon realised that we could all get the wardrobe we want much faster... IF we work together.

So here at Foundations Revealed, I've brought together all my favourite makers to mentor you in finding the confidence you've been searching for - and building the wardrobe you deserve.



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Foundations Revealed is an online membership community that teaches you all about historical, fantastical, and couture sewing and tailoring. It's a self-directed resource that you can use in your own time, with group mentoring when you have questions. After becoming a "Stitchling" you'll be able to create whatever fabulous garment, outfit, costume or vision you have in mind.

  • Stop trying to piece these skills together from the free stuff on the Internet
  • Get the in-depth, specific sewing instruction you've been looking for
  • Get the help with YOUR weird and wonderful projects that you're not finding in your local fabric store
  • Find a community of weirdos just like you
  • Become your real self - and dress the part
Leah Christlanda

"If it wasn't for FR, I wouldn't feel brave enough to try or learn how to do the new things that I used to be hesitant about. Bring on those big sleeves and bonnets 1830s, I'm not afraid of you any more!"

Leah Christlanda

What's inside?

Module 1

Sewing and Tailoring

Take your core sewing skills from "meh" to marvelous by learning how to

  • Research an idea
  • Put together a coherent design
  • Select suitable fabrics
  • Create or alter a pattern
  • Fit and sew a stunning garment that you won't want to take off


Module 2

Clothing by Era

Get specific on how to create the look of a particular time in history... or use history as your sourcebook for fantasy or futuristic looks of your own.

  • Early and Medieval design and construction
  • 16th, 17th, 18th century and Regency, all in detail
  • Breaking down the Victorian era, from crinolines to bustles to Edwardian elegance
  • Vintage and 20th century, including WW1 styles


Module 3

Corset Making

Your complete go-to source on historical and modern corset making, unparalleled anywhere

  • Actual historical patterns from the 1500s to 1910s
  • Guides to well known modern patterns, materials and design
  • All patterns tested and reviewed for you
  • In depth guides from modern makers on patterning and fitting
  • Historical and modern construction techniques
  • Embellishment ideas for the creative corset artist


Module 4

Lingerie and Bras

All the underpinnings, historical and modern, to get the complete look

  • Early period, from shifts to hose
  • Georgian and Regency, from panniers to pantalettes
  • Victorian and Edwardian, from chemise to corset cover
  • Vintage and 20th century unmentionables
  • Modern bra making demystified
Module 5


Thinking of going professional one day (or today?) Find out

  • When to go pro, and when to quit
  • How to plan out and set up a business of your own
  • What to expect in costume related careers
  • How to deal with clients
  • How to start a ready to wear line
  • How to promote yourself with confidence




Bonus Community

Mentors (Academy Only)

Bonus - Library


Bonus - Mentors


Frequently Asked Questions
Testimonial - Ariana

“FR has helped me to become a much better and more accurate costumer.... it has really filled in the blanks, so to speak. I have gotten so much advice and info from the group that I feel like I could never have made my latest project without the help.”

Ariana Bauer


this is for you if...

  • You want to take control of your wardrobe
  • You want to explore your creativity and be your authentic self
  • You have a commitment to master the skills you need to get it done.
  • You're a self starter, willing to keep trying until you build the skills you need to succeed.
  • You're SO ready to see results and become your best self

This is not for you if...

  • You get bored easily
  • You just want to kind of check things out
  • You want someone else to do the hard work for you
  • You really want to do this but you don't have the time to dedicate to it right now
  • You're only doing this because all the cool kids are doing it

Your investment


Foundations Revealed is a membership that I know can transform your sewing. So, if all of this resonates with you, then I invite you to say "yes". Yes to a drop dead fabulous wardrobe of your own design. Yes to great results with a lot less hairpulling. Yes to authenticity, courage and confidence, getting out of your own way, and letting your best self shine through.

Let this be a new beginning on your sewing journey. I look forward to being your guide along the way. Click the button below and register now. I’ll see you on the other side.


(US) $27 (+ VAT in EU) per month
  • Membership of our moderated private Discord community
  • All Access Pass to our legendary online Library
  • Access to recordings of all of our On-Demand Workshops
  • Success Paths to guide you through the Library to the content relevant to your needs and skills
  • Weekly prompt to guide you to the best articles and workshops fast
  • Monthly community-wide "Get It Done" call to help you finish your projects


(US) $57 (+ VAT in EU) per month
  • All Essentials features plus
  • Get individual feedback on your project from your Mentors to help you make your latest project stunning
  • Monthly live online events with support and Q&A
  • Membership of our exclusive private "Stitchlings" Community Facebook Group
  • Monthly community-wide "Get It Done" call to help you finish your projects
  • Only a few places left - membership is now capped to keep the Academy group manageable for the Mentors

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Our guarantee

For over a decade, Foundations Revealed has worked for thousands of makers. We know it will work for you too. That’s why we invite you to test drive Foundations Revealed 100% risk free. If you give it a genuine go and you don’t feel like we delivered on our promise, claim a refund any time in your first month, no questions asked.

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