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17th Century Stays and Boned Bodices

icon smElisa looks at the history of stays and discusses a few extant garments to see if any conclusions can be drawn on their construction.

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1878 Marsh Corset, part 2

icon smMarsh 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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Watercolor Effects with Tulle

icon smMarion introduces us to tulle and the delightful watercolor effects you can achieve with different color fabric layers stacked on top of each other.

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Symington Pattern REF #32730

icon smApril describes her experience with image No.104 of the Symington Collection, right through the mockup phase of her project.

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1878 Marsh Corset, part 1

1878 Marsh CorsetChristina 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

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

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1907 Self-Lacing Front Closure

icon smNikki 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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Tambour Beading

icon smAnya introduces Tambour beading, an embellishment technique using a hook/needle hybrid on fabric stretched in a frame.

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Busting Corset Myths

icon free smAstrida gives us the facts on some corsetting myths that simply refuse to die, thanks in part to Hollywood, and also to popular fiction.

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