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.
Emily tackles this corset patent which attempts to avoid gores at the breast whilst still achieving 'a perfect fit upon the person'.
In part one of her series, Kat discusses a Victorian patent, designed to create graceful Grecian curves, the pattern and how it was made.
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’.
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!
Luthien walks us through the construction, decoration and finishing of this beautiful overbust corset, including changes to the original Victorian pattern.
Luthien recreates this 1882 overbust, hourglass corset, designed to 'conform to the shape of the person more perfectly' than earlier Victorian corsets.
Andrea makes a final bridal-styled version of the 1882 Strauss patent corset, perfecting the technique and adding gorgeous lace and amazing flossing!
Andrea makes a second mockup in her size, and shows how spiral boning and plastic boning behave in this complex corset design.
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...
Constructing a diagonally seamed corset: Katarina includes some useful tips for easier corset sewing and for making strong tightlacing corsets.
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.
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.
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.
A unique collection of historic corset flossing designs from which members and non-members can draw inspiration.