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Jennifer guides us through drafting, fitting and decorating a vintage Edwardian-style princess slip; a useful item of underwear in any lady's trousseau!
Jennifer discusses the circular flounce chemise, which adds even more fluidity and femininity to the shape and drape of the standard early C20th chemise.
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.
Early C20th lingerie evolved to compliment new fashions. Jennifer studies the brassiere as seen in 1921: half corset; half snug fitting, structured tank top.
Discussing a fundamental element of the 1950's wardrobe, with a detailed how-to for a slip to be worn under sheath style dresses.
Jennifer explores a vintage pattern for combination drawers, including detailed instructions for taking measurements.
A tatty old Ebay find leads to a fascinating journey of discovery, recreating both the corset itself and its owner's story.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer constructs a 1920's Envelope Chemise - foundation garment for those stunning 'Flapper dresses' - in a way that is fun, understandable and practical.
Taking the block pattern from her previous Envelope Chemise, Jennifer creates more fabulous 1920s-style lingerie; a Step-In Chemise and Ribbon Camisole.
Anna introduces the sheer negligee of the 1950s and 60s; a versatile lingerie garment, and easy to make in a variety of different forms.
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.
Mark shares with us the secrets of working with stretchy powernet, and shows how to make a vintage corselette of the 1950s or 60s.
Jenni constructs a simple Broche corset to help explore and understand the six rules of good corsetry.
Jenni begins her discussion of silhouette, including personal preference and inspiration.
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!
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.