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Breaking through a Design Block

Breaking through a Design Block

Creative blocks can be so frustrating. Marion shares tips on how to refresh your creative batteries and allow yourself the space to create.  

Why the History of Corsetry Matters

Why the History of Corsetry Matters

Why should you care about the history of corsetry? Because the techniques they used to "get the look" can be used by us too.

1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 1

1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 1

Thomson's Glove fitting corset: we look at an 1898 Thomson patent, advertisements, a few extant corsets and work on putting the pieces together to recreate it.

Winterthur Museum Library

Winterthur Museum Library

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...

Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas

Regardless of whether you've been naughty or nice this year, we've got lots of tempting ideas for your gift list, from kits to calendars, and from tools to books!

1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 2

1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 2

Here's more about Thomson's Patent 611,116 Glove Fitting Corset pattern and its maker, along with my method of patterning this corset from scratch.

1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 3

1898 Glove Fitting Corset, or is it? Pt 3

Last month we drafted the pattern for this unusual design. This month, the step by step construction process, including how to sew some very tricky seams! Suitable for beginners.

Open Drawers 1850s - 1860s

Open Drawers 1850s - 1860s

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.

The S-Bend in Context

The S-Bend in Context

The S-Bend is probably the most misunderstood and under-studied corset fashion in history. Marion separates the myths from the reality.  

Royal Worcester Corset Company

Royal Worcester Corset Company

We glance briefly this month at the historic makers of Bon Ton, Royal Worcester and Adjusto models: patents, corsets and where you can learn more about the company.

A Lady's Knit Vest with a Crochet Yoke

A Lady's Knit Vest with a Crochet Yoke

Marion shares with us a knitted silk undervest with a crocheted yoke that could date anywhere from 1880 to 1910.

Underwear in the Natural Form Era, pt. 1

Underwear in the Natural Form Era, pt. 1

Marion walks you through all the different layer options of the nautural form era, starting from the skin out, with variations in necklines and politics.

Drab Coutil - Dye Your Own

Drab Coutil - Dye Your Own

Historical fashion magazine corset ads say over and over again: "Available in white or drab coutil, or fast black sateen". But what colour is "drab" exactly? And how can you make it cheaply?

Letters, Questions & Advice: November 2009

Letters, Questions & Advice: November 2009

This month Suzannah asks about corset mannequins, Laurie inquires about the different site look and Natalie wonders how adaptable the corset drafting tutorial could be.