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.
Wendy analyzes over 80 stays from 1790-1829 for fiber, colour, weave, length, opening placement, shoulder treatment, bust shaping, boning or cording.
Izabela gives us a simple, yet historically accurate construction guide for the non-expert that offers the maximum number of fitting opportunities.
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.
Hallie Larkin provides the pattern and sizing instructions, and walks us through period-accurate construction and replication of these authentic stays.
Knowing how stays were really made allows us to imitate those techniques and produce an accurate garment. We study the genuine article in detail.
Part 2 of Madam Foy's 1868 patent corset, with two finished corsets, one in coutil and one in silk.
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.
In this second instalment, Clare will take us through the process of making the final corset and the lessons she learned from this project.
Clare takes on the FR patent challenge to breathe life into this deceivingly simple 1878 corset, beginning with the toile.
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.
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.
Sandra Stuart shares each step in the construction of this real Victorian corset patent, finding it an illuminating experience with stunning results!
Sandra begins constructing her intricate 1878 corset by tea-dying the fabric, then carefully cording and embroidering the pieces to match a favourite teacup.
Kelli guides us through the patent on this unusual 1881 corset featuring covered metal springs and heavily gathered side-panels.
Jennifer walks us through this beautiful corset-waist, a light duty corset meant to still give support but to allow greater movement and flexibility.
In part two of her series, Kat discusses the pattern text, pre-construction and construction of this beautiful corset.