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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Working with Slippery Silks

Working with Slippery Silks

Sewing with fine, slippery fabrics like silk crepe, gauze, habotai and chiffon can be scary. Marion aims to help us navigate these rough waters.

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Watercolor Effects with Tulle

Watercolor Effects with Tulle

Marion introduces us to tulle and the delightful watercolor effects you can achieve with different color fabric layers stacked on top of each other.

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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?

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Introduction to Corset Cutting

Introduction to Corset Cutting

A mysterious pattern book from the 1920s reveals its secrets... including two beautiful Edwardian corset patterns you haven't seen!

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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.  

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1930-40s Bias Cut Knickers

1930-40s Bias Cut Knickers

Marion studies some extant pieces for construction ideas and then gives a simple pattern draft for "tap pants" or "French knickers".

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Knickers 1920-1940

Knickers 1920-1940

Knickers are probably the lingerie item that receive the least consideration. Marion redresses the balance with a brief vintage history.

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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.

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Reviewing Your Creative Year

Reviewing Your Creative Year

How to review your year with a positive, loving attitude, even if it wasn't great, and use it as a springboard into the coming creative year.

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RSI: Prevention and Treatment

RSI: Prevention and Treatment

Sewing and corsetry can be tough on our hands. Marion discusses her RSI story, and explains what she's done to help herself heal. 

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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!

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