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Perfect Corset Eyelets

Two professional tips for perfect eyelets every time, because the little things can make all the difference in your enjoyment of your work!

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Regency Stays 1790-1820 part 1

Wendy analyzes over 80 stays from 1790-1829 for fiber, colour, weave, length, opening placement, shoulder treatment, bust shaping, boning or cording.

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Making a Pair of 1760 Stays

Izabela gives us a simple, yet accurate construction guide for the non-expert that offers maximum fitting opportunities.

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Recreating Elizabethan Bodies

Alison Kannon demystifies the construction and recreation of “bodies”, the stiffened supportive layer of clothing that later came to be called a corset or stays.

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Stays c.1776-1785, part 1

Knowing how stays were really made allows us to imitate those techniques and produce an accurate garment. We study the genuine article in detail.

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1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 3

Andrea makes a final bridal-styled version of the 1882 Strauss patent corset, perfecting the technique and adding gorgeous lace and amazing flossing!

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1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 2

Andrea makes a second mockup in her size, and shows how spiral boning and plastic boning behave in this complex corset design.

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1882 Strauss patent 271377

When I first looked at the patent for this 1882 Strauss corset I was incredibly intimidated. It has 26 pieces, 13 each side, and only six are just fabric...

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Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset 2

Constructing a diagonally seamed corset: Katarina includes some useful tips for easier corset sewing and for making strong tightlacing corsets.

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Y&N Diagonal Seamed Corset

The 1885 ad raised questions. What is a diagonal cut for? Function, decoration, or gimmick? Katarina has a go at making one to find out.

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A Very Pretty Housemaid Corset

A smooth, lightly boned, accurate Victorian corset. Flexible, comfortable and yet still curvy, and recreated step by step for you to follow along!

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Symington Corsetmaking Technique 3

This gorgeous black and yellow Symington corset is a real show-stopper. Here, Michelle walks us through its construction, step by step. 

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Symington Corsetmaking Technique 2

This gorgeous black and yellow Symington corset is a real show-stopper. Here, Michelle walks us through its construction, step by step. 

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Symington Corsetmaking Technique 1

In more detail than ever: pattern study, materials, cutting and fusing to reproduce this gorgeous Symington show-stopper.

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1890s Symington #2360, in Red

Michelle uses the FR Symington drafting method to create a surprisingly comfortable and accurate corded corset.

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CB a La Spirite Reproduction, Part 2

Finishing a reproduction 1909 corset, with lapped seam tutorial video (they're not as tricky as they seem) and inspiration to tackle UFOs!  

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CL Olmstead's 1912 Corset Patent

Michelle tackles C.L. Olmstead's 1912-13 corset patent and learns a lot about good corset making, especially about fabric selection...

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Reconstructing a Teens-Era Corset 2

Jennifer shows you how to alter the pattern from last month, then sew the corset step by step, using the same vintage techniques as in the original.

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Beautiful Boning

4 short video tutorials on cutting, finishing, and smoothing off the ends of different types of boning, both plastic and steel varieties.

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Towards a Lighter Corset

Corsets don't have to weigh a lot. Here are a few vintage methods you can emulate to achieve a lightweight, yet strong corset.

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