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Foundations Revealed is a weekly online magazine featuring the design and construction of historical and modern corsetry, brassieres and lingerie. It is produced by Harman Hay Publications. We give our members the resources to make excellent corsets and lingerie, pushing their artistic boundaries and exploring new ground.

 

What We Publish:

  • Tutorials
  • Complete projects step-by-step
  • Studies of antique or vintage corsets or lingerie
  • How-to guides to various elements of running your own small creative business

 

Challenges

Have you been inspired by our past corset challenges such as Joanne Arnett's 1904 Savoye corset and Katarina Vuksic's Y&N Diagonal corset? Are you looking for a challenge to stretch and grow your skills?  Every 3-4 months we post a link on Facebook and Twitter to a corset patent or material that we are challenging our readers to take on.

Typically, the challenge is done in two articles: the first one covers the patterning and fitting, and the second one covers the construction, with a final look and what the maker would change about the corset if s/he were to tackle it again. Sometimes patterning and fitting are two separate articles, especially when it is a complex pattern. The goal is a fantastically fitting corset based on an original patent.

You might want to have a look at some of our past patent challenges to see how others have tackled this. Examples include: 1868 Madame Foy corset, 1882 Strauss patent 271377, Jenni's Hearts series and Fannings 1878 Patent Corset (probably the best example). If an article in the Corset Patterns section has a diagram for an icon, it is typically a patent challenge. 

 

What we're looking for right now

At this time, we're looking for articles on the underwear and corsetry of the following eras: Tudor, Stuart, Medieval, Renaissance, Regency, Early Victorian, Teens and 20th c Vintage and Modern. We particularly welcome articles on these topics:

  • Patternmaking, drafting, adjustment, and scaling to your size (especially plus sizes)
  • Design
  • Customers and Business
  • Fitting
  • Studies of extant garments
  • Underwear (shirts, chemises, shifts, drawers, knickers, petticoats, etc.)
  • Creating a corset from a patent diagram (contact the Editor for ideas)
  • Complete beginning-to-end projects
  • Period authentic techniques explained for modern readers, eg authentic seam finishes, "fiddly stuff"
  • Decorative techniques
  • Working with challenging or difficult materials (leather, metal, special fabrics)

 

Word Count and Tone

We like our articles to be at least 2-3000 words long and 25-30 pictures apiece.  Your article should be written in either British or American English. You will need to keep our international audience in mind by using simple, clear sentences that aren’t too long wherever possible. Of course, good grammar and spelling is a must.

The tone of the piece should be friendly, yet professional. As for pitch, picture the reader as a seamstress who has a moderate amount of knowledge and experience in sewing, corsetmaking and/or costuming. She is enthusiastic to learn more, but is often frustrated to find that only the basics are available in existing books and online. Our aim is to teach more advanced and professional techniques, but to break them down and make them simple.

 

Image Sources

If you are including pictures from historical sources, you must include where you got them from.  Good public domain sources of photos are books published pre-1923 from Google Books, Archive.org,  some images on Wikimedia Commons (check the license) , National Gallery of Art Open Access Images, and the Rijksmuseum Museum website (most are public domain, check the license), Library of Congress’s Photo websiteFlickr Commons and some images at the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

The image must be allowed to be used commercially.  There are other image sources available. If you need assistance finding appropriate images, contact the Editor. 

While you may not be able to use a particular picture (such as one from a museum), we can always link to it from the article.

 

How to Submit an Article Proposal

The submissions process starts when you emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with an article proposal, along with a link to your website, blog, or a Facebook page or community where your work is displayed (or attached photos of relevant items you've made). The article should usually be new and as yet unpublished. The proposal will detail the subject of the article, its scope, its approximate length, and for larger projects, a project schedule with milestones and deadlines.

The Editor will then reply and let you know whether we are interested in your proposal, with available due dates and a contract.   

Once you have chosen your submission deadline, it goes on our publication calendar and we are counting on you to keep your commitment. The Editor will email you a reminder 2-3 weeks in advance of the due date.

If a you are not able to deliver an article, we stress that you should let the Editor know as soon as possible so that we have time to arrange a replacement.

If you confirm that you will deliver an article as promised when we send out the reminder email, and then you fail to deliver it, all of your future articles will be pulled from the schedule.

 

Submitting your Article on the Deadline

Sending large files and pictures for the articles via email is not always easy, so we encourage you to use Dropbox, which allows up to 2GB of online storage for documents/photos/etc. It’s as easy as downloading a small program to your computer and dragging and dropping your files into the program. It handles the uploading automatically.

The Editor will send you a link to our submissions folder in your reminder email. It’s not a requirement to use it, email is still fine, but if it’s a large number of files, you might find it useful.

 

Publication

Publication of your piece will be made up to six months after receipt. Unless stated, you will be expected not to disclose fine detail of as-yet unpublished future articles, future developments or confidential aspects of business that you may help Foundations Revealed develop. However, you are welcome to advertise your involvement with the site and general details such as the subject of the piece.

Your article will be commissioned for Foundations Revealed in particular, but it may be duplicated on Your Wardrobe Unlock'd later, if relevant to both, or in other products we develop.

We reserve the right to omit or edit any work submitted or accepted at any time.

 

You Retain Intellectual Property Rights

We do not hold any exclusive rights to work published on our websites. The creator retains copyright of both the article and any images supplied. Your article will be published on one or both websites and will remain there as part of the archive of resources. You will be fully credited as the writer in both cases.

Due to the nature of the site as a subscription service and out of fairness to readers, we require that you do not publish your article elsewhere until at least six months have passed from the publication date. After this time, you will be free to publish as you wish. We’d be pleased as punch to see “This article first appeared on www.foundationsrevealed.com".

 

Payment

As a self-employed writer, you’ll need to invoice us for each payment we make to you. This ensures that there’s an official record of the payment. We cannot pay you until you email this document to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you prefer to send a Paypal invoice, it should be sent to Paypal account This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It doesn’t need to be anything fancy; it’s fine as long as it includes

  • Your name and address as a header at the top
  • The date (including year)
  • The company you’re invoicing (Harman Hay Publications)
  • The amount
  • A unique invoice number (important!)

Payment rates are UK£100 (currently US$150) per article (or per monthly instalment of a multi- part series). We have prepared a standard invoice template on Google Docs that you can use if you wish.

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