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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.

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Lace overlay for an underbust corset

Lace overlay for an underbust corset

Flo guides us through the process of drafting a simple border lace overlay for the top half of an underbust corset.

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Silverado Corset, Start to Finish 5

Silverado Corset, Start to Finish 5

Continuing the Silverado series, making a professional corset step by step, with Laura's long-awaited how-to for External Boning Channels.

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Flattering Different Figures

Flattering Different Figures

Rossanne explores decorative ways to change the perceived shape of the body through corset design, to best flatter yourself or your clients.

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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.

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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.

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Preparing for Business, Part 1

Preparing for Business, Part 1

Practising making corsets in preparation for selling: what exactly should you practise, and what's the most effective way to use your time and resources?

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Drawing Flats for Corsetieres: 2

Drawing Flats for Corsetieres: 2

More on technical fashion drawings known as "flats". You'll learn how to take your corset illustrations to the next level, with Marianne's three keys to beautiful flats.

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Drawing Flats for Corsetieres: 1

Drawing Flats for Corsetieres: 1

Marianne shows you how to produce flats - the clean, professional line drawings that show important construction details for each of your designs.

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Questions & Answers February 2011

Questions & Answers February 2011

Three awesome questions & solutions: fitting 1770's stays for curvy figures, changing overbust corsets to underbusts, and corsets for apple shape figures.

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Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

Two questions and a short story on the Letters page this month: how to make a set of the 1660 watered silk stays from the V&A, alternative lacing and where to find colored eyelets, a short story from 1913.

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Case Study: CrissyCatt

Case Study: CrissyCatt

This month we feature Cristiane Tano, aka CrissyCatt, who makes breathtaking corsetry in leather. She reveals the secrets of her stunning, hand-tooled filigree leather corsets.

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