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In what order should you fit a corset?

In what order should you fit a corset?

You fix a bustline problem, but then fixing the waist makes the bustline look wrong again... here's a technique for fitting corsets right first time.

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Regency Stays 1790-1820, part 2

Regency Stays 1790-1820, part 2

Wendy puts her earlier research on transitional Regency stays into practice and reproduces a set of stays for herself, walking us through the fitting stages.

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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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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 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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1890's Symington Corset #2360

1890's Symington Corset #2360

What do you do when it's not going well at all? Breanna proves that a not-so-promising mock-up CAN be turned around and saved.

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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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Hearts 5: Possibilities

Hearts 5: Possibilities

Jenni shows off her final Hearts corset and draws some conclusions. She includes some details on fitting and adapting corsets for asymmetrical bodies.

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Hearts 4: Edwardian Posture

Hearts 4: Edwardian Posture

Jenni alters the antique "Hearts" corset pattern to emulate the archetypal “Edwardian” posture on a modern body, and weighs up the effect on comfort.

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Hearts 3: First Toile

Hearts 3: First Toile

Last month a very decisive 73% of you wanted to see the pattern re-worked twice for the model.  This month, we will focus on the first version, as it came off the pattern block.

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Reconstructing a Teens-Era Corset 2

Reconstructing a Teens-Era Corset 2

Jennifer shows you how to alter the pattern from last month, then sew the corset step by step, using the same vintage techniques as in the original.

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Pattern Modification – Corded Corset

Pattern Modification – Corded Corset

Marta breaks with tradition from her usual leather corsetry to make a beautiful corded corset and discuss some pattern modifications therein.

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Full and Small Bust Adjustment

Full and Small Bust Adjustment

Corset patterns always seem to be too small or too big at the bust. Here's a deceptively easy fix - a method that works even for large changes.

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Materials versus Fit

Materials versus Fit

Amber compares the effect of different construction methods and materials on the same body, with ideas on applying this to clients.

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Patterning for the Sway Back

Patterning for the Sway Back

Lumbar hyper lordosis, alias 'sway back', creates a special challenge when drafting a corset. Amber shares her expertise and experience.

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Mannequins: The Gilded Lily

Mannequins: The Gilded Lily

Inspired by the gilded form seen in many a Sparklewren photograph, Anya has another go at making a display form - with sparkle!

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The DIY Dressform Hack, Part 3

The DIY Dressform Hack, Part 3

Anya continues her dressform journey by documenting her own process of making a body cast for accurate fittings.

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Mannequins: The Shape of Culture

Mannequins: The Shape of Culture

The first of a series in which Anya will summarise her mannequin quest to assist in creating your own dress form or display mannequin.

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Corseting Various Body Types

Corseting Various Body Types

Marianne discusses different body types and how to go about creating custom corsets to fit these various forms, from a business perspective.

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