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1803, Louis Leopold Boiley, Passer PayezIn the Napoleonic period, what was once taboo came out from hiding, along with the natural female form. Suddenly, it became necessary to keep the world from glimpsing too much.

Busk clasp of the Skeleton CorsetHow to make this very unique busk step by step at home with hand tools, which are easily acquired at your local hardware store if you don’t already have them at home.

Letters mar2010 iconTwo questions and a short story on the Letters page this month: how to make a set of the 1660 watered silk stays from the V&A, alternative lacing and where to find colored eyelets, a short story from 1913.

Butterfly corset and cup

Sandra's stunning work translating teacup designs into corsetry is magnificently inspiring. She was kind enough to answer our questions and share her plans for the future.

Petti4 icon-smSunny concludes her exhaustive study of six Belle Époque petticoats by comparing the remaining construction details and techniques.

1869 skeleton corsetPhotos, 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.

icon free sm Laura shares her step by step corset construction worksheets for making a two layer corset with and without a waist tape. Never miss a step again!

icon2 free smLaura shares her foolproof system for preventing wasted time and effort with some simple organizational tools.

Letters feb2010 iconThis month we have four questions: transferring marks to the garment, how to sew a challenging area on an 1891 Ageless patterns corset, bias cut panels on Teens corsets, how to adjust a pattern for a client's challenging hip area

 

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