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The Frugal Princess: Creating a Princess Slip

The Frugal Princess: Creating a Princess Slip

Jennifer guides us through drafting, fitting and decorating a vintage Edwardian-style princess slip; a useful item of underwear in any lady's trousseau!

Chemise with Circular Flounces

Chemise with Circular Flounces

Jennifer discusses the circular flounce chemise, which adds even more fluidity and femininity to the shape and drape of the standard early C20th chemise.

Making Fully-Fashioned Stockings

Making Fully-Fashioned Stockings

Our retro lingerie guru Mark shows you how to pattern and make your own custom fully-fashioned vintage-style stockings with French or Cuban heels.

1921 Brassiere

1921 Brassiere

Early C20th lingerie evolved to compliment new fashions. Jennifer studies the brassiere as seen in 1921: half corset; half snug fitting, structured tank top.

Story of a Vintage Corset

Story of a Vintage Corset

A tatty old Ebay find leads to a fascinating journey of discovery, recreating both the corset itself and its owner's story.

How To Make A Bra 1 (free article)

How To Make A Bra 1 (free article)

The first in a series of articles on bra patterning and making. Before we get out the fabric, there's a big obstacle to tackle: what size bra do you want?

How to Make a 1950's Bullet Bra

How to Make a 1950's Bullet Bra

Silhouette is important for vintage as well as historical clothing: make an authentic pointy bra that Jane Russell or Marilyn Monroe would have been proud of.

How To Make Pasties

How To Make Pasties

Today many burlesque performers commission pasties (small nipple covers) to match their costumes, so the ability to make them is a valuable commodity for a corsetmaker.

Creating a Teens Strapless Brassiere

Creating a Teens Strapless Brassiere

As fashion changed in the early C20th, so did underwear. Kelly guides us through the making of a teens brassiere, or corset cover, to go under an evening gown.

1920's Envelope Chemise

1920's Envelope Chemise

Jennifer constructs a 1920's Envelope Chemise - foundation garment for those stunning 'Flapper dresses' - in a way that is fun, understandable and practical.

Step-In Chemise & Ribbon Camisole

Step-In Chemise & Ribbon Camisole

Taking the block pattern from her previous Envelope Chemise, Jennifer creates more fabulous 1920s-style lingerie; a Step-In Chemise and Ribbon Camisole.

How To Make A Bra 2 (free article)

How To Make A Bra 2 (free article)

Part 2 of our bra pattern drafting and making series: drafting the blocks for the cups, cradle and wings of a simple underwired “Darted Cup” Bra. 

How to Make a Corselette

How to Make a Corselette

Mark shares with us the secrets of working with stretchy powernet, and shows how to make a vintage corselette of the 1950s or 60s.

A Simple Broche Corset, Part 1

A Simple Broche Corset, Part 1

Jenni constructs a simple Broche corset to help explore and understand the six rules of good corsetry.

Towards a Distinctive House Style: 1

Towards a Distinctive House Style: 1

Jenni begins her discussion of silhouette, including personal preference and inspiration.

How To Make A Bra 3

How To Make A Bra 3

Part 3 of our bra pattern drafting/making series. You have taken measurements and drafted a pattern - now it's time to break out the sewing kit!

Stretch Fabric Control Panels

Stretch Fabric Control Panels

Mark takes the basic corselet further by adding shaping or control panels to it. He also shows how to adapt the corselet blocks to make other foundation garments.

Edwardian and 1910’s Brassieres

Edwardian and 1910’s Brassieres

When corsets dipped below the bust in the early 1900s, what did women use to support the bust? How did bras develop into a must-have garment?

Leather Corset Making

Leather Corset Making

Leather is considered to be one of the most difficult materials to work with, but it doesn't have to be. Marta shows us a few simple ways to make it easy. 

Silhouette and Embellishment, pt 2

Silhouette and Embellishment, pt 2

The hugely talented artist behind Sparklewren Bespoke Corsetry goes into detail about her embellishment processes.