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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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Patent Challenge T. S. Gilbert No. 332,245 part 1

Patent Challenge T. S. Gilbert No. 332,245 part 1

Emily tackles this corset patent which attempts to avoid gores at the breast whilst still achieving 'a perfect fit upon the person'.

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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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1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 2

1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 2

Hannah uses information gained from her first article about this late C19th pattern to construct and finish a beautiful corset using silk organza, coutil and steel.

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Griswold’s 1883 Corset

Griswold’s 1883 Corset

Sandra explores a high-panel C19th corset with multiple vertical seams, giving corsetmakers plenty of areas where you can make adjustments to the garment.

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1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 1

1881 T. S. Gilbert Patent Corset, US249335 Pt 1

Hannah gets us started with this beautiful late 19th century corset and tests the patent's claim to provide ‘best possible shape with greatest comfort’.

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1884 Higby Corset Patent #294620

1884 Higby Corset Patent #294620

Izabela works through the entire process of creating this unusual C19th corset from just an online explanation of the patent to a fully-developed undergarment!

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1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset, Pt 2

1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset, Pt 2

Luthien walks us through the construction, decoration and finishing of this beautiful overbust corset, including changes to the original Victorian pattern.

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1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset Patent #267514

1882 T.S. Gilbert Corset Patent #267514

Luthien recreates this 1882 overbust, hourglass corset, designed to 'conform to the shape of the person more perfectly' than earlier Victorian corsets.

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1882 Strauss patent 271377, part 3

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

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

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

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

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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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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1884 Higby Pattern in Leather

 1884 Higby Pattern in Leather

Izabela takes the late Victorian Higby corset pattern from her last article and creates a striking, modern Steampunk version using buckskin leather.

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Flossing Design Library

Flossing Design Library

A unique collection of historic corset flossing designs from which members and non-members can draw inspiration.

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