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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


Striped corset by Laurie TavanStripes create an unusual visual interest in your corsetry. Here's how to match stripes perfectly by a simple technique of visualizing pattern matching choices before stitching up the project.

1880's Summer Corset

Joanne Arnett is sewing her way through every corset pattern in Norah Waugh's book, Corsets and Crinolines. Making corsets, she says, is like building bridges on the body.

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