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Regency Stays 1790-1820 pt 1

Regency Stays 1790-1820 pt 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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A Pair of Stays c.1776-1785, part 1

A Pair of 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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1869 Skeleton Corset

1869 Skeleton Corset

Photos, details and a pattern for an 1869 American skeleton corset. It has no fabric between the boning channels, just a few horizontal tapes to hold the bone casings together.

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Coiled Wire Spring Corset

Coiled Wire Spring Corset

Kelli guides us through the patent on this unusual 1881 corset featuring covered metal springs and heavily gathered side-panels.

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1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249

1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249

In part one of her series, Kat discusses a Victorian patent, designed to create graceful Grecian curves, the pattern and how it was made.

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Recreating an 1880s corded corset

Recreating an 1880s corded corset

This corset uses machine corded fabric instead of bones to stiffen the panels into an impressively curvaceous shape. It also has a sturdy spoon shaped busk. Here's how to make it.

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Plus Size Corset Pattern

Plus Size Corset Pattern

We look in detail at a rare antique shop find - a real, plus size Victorian corset with a 38" waist - and then we give you the pattern.

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1895 Ventilated Corset

1895 Ventilated Corset

Nikki discusses the history of ventilated corsets, and then dives right into a Symington example and shows us how it was made.

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Black/Yellow Symington Corset 31300

Black/Yellow Symington Corset 31300

Ever wanted to make that black and yellow beauty from Symingtons? Michelle finds the matching pattern and shows you how!

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Symington Corset Pattern 23160

Symington Corset Pattern 23160

April covers the basics of making up our Competition 2016 pattern, with observations and suggestions to achieve a "modern" fit.

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Recreating an 1890s Corset, part 2

Recreating an 1890s Corset, part 2

Jema takes the pattern she made from an antique here and recreates it step by step, including a lapped seam technique for one layer corsets that neatly encases all raw edges on both sides.

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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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Recreating an 1890s Corset, part 1

Recreating an 1890s Corset, part 1

The pattern and a step-by-step guide to make this elegant corset from 1899-1900, including a new seam technique just for corsetry that negotiates curves perfectly and encases all the raw edges neatly.

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 4

1908 Corset Breveté Part 4

Nikki walks us through crafting the final version of this amazing garment, wth particular attention paid to the order of construction.

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 3

1908 Corset Breveté Part 3

Nikki uses the unusual pattern she has taken from this garment to recreate the bust improver (bra) section of this unique corset.

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 2

1908 Corset Breveté Part 2

Nikki maps out all the pieces of the main corset in detail, and shows how all the pieces fit together to give a truly versatile garment.

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1908 Corset Breveté Part 1

1908 Corset Breveté Part 1

This very unusual French corset with detachable bra sparks interesting new ideas for modern makers. Is this the new Sanakor?

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Ribbon Corsets 1: Background

Ribbon Corsets 1: Background

Here's everything you ever wanted to know about ribbon corsets: drawings, patterns & real life examples, historical & modern.

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CB A La Sprite Reproduction, Part 1

CB A La Sprite Reproduction, Part 1

Luthien studies a transitional corset which, aesthetically, follows the ultra curvy corsets of the late Victorian/ early Edwardian eras.

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