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A Pair of 18th c. Stays, Close Up

A Pair of 18th c. Stays, Close Up

A close up look at the construction and details of an absolutely classic pair of mid eighteenth century stays - including the pattern.

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1855 Peterson’s Stays

1855 Peterson’s Stays

Carmene guides us through making "a well-fitted corset made by every housewife or active woman who needs to move" from 1855.

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Regency Stays 1790-1820, part 2

Regency Stays 1790-1820, part 2

Wendy puts her earlier research on transitional Regency stays into practice and reproduces a set of stays for herself, walking us through the fitting stages.

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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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Making a Pair of 1760 Stays

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

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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A Pair of Stays c.1776-1785, part 2

A Pair of Stays c.1776-1785, part 2

Hallie Larkin provides the pattern and sizing instructions, and walks us through period-accurate construction and replication of these authentic stays.

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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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1868 Madam Foy Corset, part 2

1868 Madam Foy Corset, part 2

Part 2 of Madam Foy's 1868 patent corset, with two finished corsets, one in coutil  and one in silk.

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1868 Madam Foy Corset, part 1

1868 Madam Foy Corset, part 1

Carly recreates an 1868 corset patent for her own unique body type, using Laura Loft's Silverado corset instructions. 1: drafting and first mock-up.

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Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 2

Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 2

In this second instalment, Clare will take us through the process of making the final corset and the lessons she learned from this project.

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Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 1

Patent Challenge H.S. Strauss No. 208049, Pt 1

Clare takes on the FR patent challenge to breathe life into this deceivingly simple 1878 corset, beginning with the toile.

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T.S.Gilbert 1873 Corset Patent

T.S.Gilbert 1873 Corset Patent

 Katie-Louise guides us through the interpretation of this style, through fitting all the way to making a toile of this beautiful Victorian corset.

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1873 T.S. Gilbert 6 Panel Corset, Part 2

1873 T.S. Gilbert 6 Panel Corset, Part 2

Rachel talks us through the completion of this beautiful C19th corset in the final fabrics, creating an elegant yet supportive base for ladies of a curvaceous nature.

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1873 T.S. Gilbert 6 Panel Corset, Part 1

1873 T.S. Gilbert 6 Panel Corset, Part 1

Rachel talks us through her journey to re-create this late-Victorian corset, which is ideal for 'well endowed' ladies with a curvy, hourglass figure.

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Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 3

Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 3

Sandra Stuart shares each step in the construction of this real Victorian corset patent, finding it an illuminating experience with stunning results!

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Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 2

Fanning's 1878 Corset Patent, 2

Sandra begins constructing her intricate 1878 corset by tea-dying the fabric, then carefully cording and embroidering the pieces to match a favourite teacup.

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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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1889 Higby Corset-Waist

1889 Higby Corset-Waist

Jennifer walks us through this beautiful corset-waist, a light duty corset meant to still give support but to allow greater movement and flexibility.

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1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249, Part 2

1887 B Baldwin Patent 358249, Part 2

In part two of her series, Kat discusses the pattern text, pre-construction and construction of this beautiful corset.

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