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1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249

icon-smIn part one of her series, Kat discusses a Victorian patent, designed to create graceful Grecian curves, the pattern and how it was made.

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Patent Challenge T. S. Gilbert No. 332,245 part 1

US332245 iconEmily tackles this corset patent which attempts to avoid gores at the breast whilst still achieving 'a perfect fit upon the person'.

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1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249, Part 2

icon smIn part two of her series, Kat discusses the pattern text, pre-construction and construction of this beautiful corset.

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1889 Higby Corset-Waist

icon smJennifer walks us through this beautiful corset-waist, a light duty corset meant to still give support but to allow greater movement and flexibility.

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1880s Corded Corset

icon free smThis corset uses machine corded fabric instead of bones to stiffen the panels into an impressively curvaceous shape. Here's how to make a corded corset yourself.

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Coiled Wire Spring Corset

icon smKelli guides us through the patent on this unusual 1881 corset featuring covered metal springs and heavily gathered side-panels.

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Recreating an 1880s corded corset, 2

Corded corsetYes, this corset is a labour of love. Yes, doing all that cording takes ages. Was it worth it? YES! This is a lovely corset, comfortable and fun and easy to wear and it looks so unusual and smart.

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Plus Size Corset Pattern

icon free smWe look in detail at a rare antique shop find - a real, plus size Victorian corset with a 38" waist - and then we give you the pattern.

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1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 1

icon-smHannah gets us started with this beautiful late 19th century corset and tests the patent's claim to provide ‘best possible shape with greatest comfort’.

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1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 2

icon-smHannah uses information gained from her first article about this late C19th pattern to construct and finish a beautiful corset using silk organza, coutil and steel.

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1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset Patent #267514

icon-smLuthien recreates this 1882 overbust, hourglass corset, designed to 'conform to the shape of the person more perfectly' than earlier Victorian corsets.

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1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset, Pt 2

icon smLuthien walks us through the construction, decoration and finishing of this beautiful overbust corset, including changes to the original Victorian pattern.

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1882 Strauss patent 271377

1882 Strauss patent diagramWhen 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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1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 2

1882 Strauss patentAndrea 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, part 3

Details of the finished corsetAndrea makes a final bridal-styled version of the 1882 Strauss patent corset, perfecting the technique and adding gorgeous lace and amazing flossing!

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Griswold’s 1883 Corset

icon free smSandra explores a high-panel C19th corset with multiple vertical seams, giving corsetmakers plenty of areas to make adjustments.

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1884 Higby Corset Patent #294620

icon-smIzabela works through the entire process of creating this unusual C19th corset from just an online explanation of the patent to a fully-developed undergarment!

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Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset

icon free smThe 1885 ad raised questions. What is a diagonal cut for? Function, decoration, or gimmick? Katarina has a go at making one to find out.

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Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset 2

The compleated diagonal corsetConstructing a diagonally seamed corset: Katarina includes some useful tips for easier corset sewing and for making strong tightlacing corsets.

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