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Sewing with Leather, Part 1

Sewing with Leather, Part 1

The home sewer's approach to leather corsetmaking, one part professional technique, one part broke college student ingenuity.

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Strength Layer Fabrics

Strength Layer Fabrics

Many corsetieres would have you believe that a "real" corset is only made from coutil. However, other fabrics can be used, if they pass a series of tests.

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Underbust Pattern Drafting

Underbust Pattern Drafting

Simple underbust corsets are a staple for corset wearers and makers. Here are the patternmaking tools and techniques to get you started right. (Updated 6/21/12 with clarified drafting instructions)

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Antique Nursing Corset

Antique Nursing Corset

Guiding you through the process of designing and creating your own maternity corset from the Victorian era.

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Draft Your Corset Pattern

Draft Your Corset Pattern

How to make your own personalised custom corset pattern, based on corset designs of the late 1870s... this might just be the best corset pattern you'll ever use.

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Corsetmaking Revolution

Corsetmaking Revolution

The revolutionary, free tutorial that enables you to create a unique, beautifully fitting corset from ANY pattern - antique or new.

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Fitting: The Secret Skill

Fitting:  The Secret Skill

Laura tackles the single most pressing frustration that FR readers tell us they face: just how do you fit a corset properly?

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The Folded Seam or Welt Seam Corset

The Folded Seam or Welt Seam Corset

Kim discusses the Welt Seam or Folded Seam method of corset construction, which is quick, precise, and produces a very durable corset.

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How to Make a Corset

How to Make a Corset

In this free article, professional corsetmaker and owner of Sparklewren Bespoke Corsetry gives us a solid foundation overview of how to make a corset.

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Six Rules of “Good” Corsetry

Six Rules of “Good” Corsetry

What makes a corset, a corset? Jenni shares her basic six rules of "good" contemporary Victorian corsetry.

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Planning Boning Channels

Planning Boning Channels

Addressing issues on the positioning of boning channels, discussing the reasons for boning a corset, and providing ideas for experimentation.

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Perfect Boning Channels

Perfect Boning Channels

Lots of people have asked how to get perfectly straight and even boning channels. Here are a few tips and tricks that'll help you tame unruly stitching.

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The Corset Maker's Tools

The Corset Maker's Tools

What are the correct tools for corsetry, when some swear by tools that others avoid? I'll share what's in my toolbox, what has been relegated to the scrapheap, and why.

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Basic Flexible Busk Insertion

Basic Flexible Busk Insertion

A tricky skill to master: Laura details a few techniques on how to do it right first time, every time - and how to keep your stitching straight.

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Wrinkle Free Gores & Gussets

Wrinkle Free Gores & Gussets

Many makers find inserting gores and gussets tricky. Two easy step-by-step techniques that will insert them neatly, producing a nice crisp V shape at the bottom.

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Step-by-Step Worksheets

Step-by-Step Worksheets

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!

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Saving Time and Effort

Saving Time and Effort

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

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Pattern Matching for Corsets

Pattern Matching for Corsets

Professional corsetmaker Alexis Black shows you how to lay out and pattern match a corset made from asymmetrical printed fabric, with stunning results.

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The Basics of Flossing

The Basics of Flossing

Step by step to creating simple and complex flossing designs: different threads to use, the right needles, basic stitches and making your own decorative, yet functional, flossing designs.

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How To Make A Bra 4

How To Make A Bra 4

Mark shows you how to adapt the basic "darted cup" bra pattern into three further styles, including a strapless bra shape.

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