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Foundations Revealed introduces you to the beautiful world of original corset patterns.

Hearts corset, based on a 1902 pattern, by Sparklewren Bespoke CorsetryThese articles all use original corset patterns. They help us to see into the minds of the expert designers of the Golden Era of Corsetry and uncover the secrets of fit and style that modern corsetry is only just beginning to explore.

Modern corsetmakers can use them to branch out from the tired, vertical seamed, generic “Victorian” style that's so common now, and into something fresh and new, yet classically elegant. They also allow costumers to move beyond the limited number of commercially available corset patterns and explore styles more suited for your body type. 

Our writers figure out and test each pattern for you, so that you can skip the learning curve and make your best work today.

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1897 Abbie King Corset Follow Up

icon-smJennifer brings her late Victorian corsetry project to completion, creating a corset she is very happy with and in the color of the year, to boot!

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W.H.K. & S. “Catharine Hayes” Corset

icon-smLaurie provides an in-depth case study of this beautiful, lace-trimmed, 'Victorian Edwardian' Corset - an intriguing auction find.

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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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Symington Corset Pattern No.2370

icon smThis interesting pattern has alternate straight sided and curvy panels: was this done to help make sizing easy? Jennifer investigates.

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Symington Pattern REF #32730, Part 2

icon smApril finishes this beautiful corset, sharing lessons she learned about alterations, welt seams, flossing & choosing the right model.

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1899 Le Mode Pratique - Short Corset

LaMode iconNikki experiments with this beautiful pattern of short length, devastating curves, and lots of gores, testing her seaming and boning choices.

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Symington Pattern #31400

icon smClare test drives a Symington Collection corset pattern that features ten panels, lots of cording and some interesting bust seaming.

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W.H.K. & S. “Catharine Hayes” Corset 2

icon smWhat if a Victorian corsetière had today’s tools and materials? Laurie answers by walking us through a beautiful corset.

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Symington Corset Pattern 23160

icon smApril covers the basics of making up our Competition 2016 pattern, with observations and suggestions to achieve a "modern" fit.

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Black/Yellow Symington Corset 31300

Black/Yellow Symington Corset 31300 by Michelle FitzgeraldEver wanted to make that black and yellow beauty from Symingtons? Michelle finds the matching pattern and shows you how!

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1895 Ventilated Corset

icon smNikki discusses the history of ventilated corsets, and then dives right into a Symington example and shows us how it was made.

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The Athletic Corset: Part 1

icon smExploring the new fashion for free movement c.1900, then drafting and fitting an "Athletic Corset" with a stretch panel.

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