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Written by Alison Kannon
A utilitarian but essential part of the Medieval wardrobe, researched and recreated on a modern body.
The history and construction of lower hose: netherstocks, stockings, and boot-hose. Then we'll drape, pattern and sew our own with a combination of machine and handstitching.
Written by Ségolène Bonnet
Ségolène studies a set of stays that are a rare surviving example of mid-18th century functional, working class undergarments.
Written by Amanda Lerum Faulkner
The Corset Elastique, or Elastic Stay, is an interesting oddity in the little-known world of Regency era corsets. Amanda investigates.
Written by Kendra Van Cleave
Dresses of the 1770s-80s were worn over a “bum” or “rump,” but there is little extant evidence as to what shape and proportion these rumps took.
Written by Nicole Rudolph
In 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.
Written by Jen Thompson
How did Edwardian women support their busts with such low cut corsets? Jen shares the details and patterns of two 1910's brassieres in her collection.
Written by Ali Mart
A study of three padded bustles in the Kentucky Historical Society Collection, showing how thrifty women stayed fashionable on a budget.
When corsets dipped below the bust in the early 1900s, what did women use to support the bust? How did bras develop into a must-have garment?
Written by Marion McNealy
Trying to date a particular corset, track changes in lingerie fashion down to a few years, or just looking for new inspiration? Plenty here to keep you busy...
An open pair of cotton drawers in the style of the 1840's (but dated late 1850s to 1860s), with delicate whitework embroidery, sewn on a chain stitch machine.
This month we look at what to wear over the corset and under the dress, as well as appropriate fabrics and embroidery.
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