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Tudor Corset or Not to Corset...

Tudor Corset or Not to Corset...

Do you really need a corset with that 16th century gown? Maybe not. Kimiko explains why... and explores kirtles, bents and bodies to create the perfect silhouette.

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16th century Comparative Corsetry

16th century Comparative Corsetry

Comparing sixteenth century corset patterns to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each one on the body.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

Working from the skin up for Mrs Gainsborough's 18th century ensemble, Julia takes us through building her stays - the key to the classic Georgian silhouette.

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Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding

Binding stays and corsets is frustrating... isn't it? Find out how to perfect your stays and corsets with our indispensible guide!

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Victorian Underwear Myths

Victorian Underwear Myths

Not every urban legend is true: Lisha clears up some common misconceptions about Victorian corsets and underpinnings.

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Swiss Waist, Part 2

Swiss Waist, Part 2

Nikki continues her journey through the world of Swiss Waist Belts, drafting one from scratch and one from an original Victorian pattern.

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Swiss Waist, Part 1

Swiss Waist, Part 1

What is a Swiss Waist, and how does it differ from a corset? Nikki Swift, corsetiere and stalwart of Foundations Revealed, explains it all. 

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Mid-Victorian Underpinnings

Mid-Victorian Underpinnings

Sunny walks you through every single item that a mid-Victorian lady might have worn under her gown, with references to appropriate patterns from all sources.

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1907 Wedding Dress Part 2

1907 Wedding Dress Part 2

Natasha's quest to create a 1907 wedding gown from the bottom up has brought us to the second layer: the Edwardian petticoat, underskirt, and corset cover.

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1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

Natasha invites us to look through her 1907 wedding dress project, starting from the foundations up. In Part 1 she covers the Edwardian corset, bloomers and chemise. 

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Mrs Pretty, Part 3 - Corset

Mrs Pretty, Part 3 - Corset

Mabel Pretty's family were famous in the early C20th as corset manufacturers. Julia researches and constructs a suitable 'Pretty' corset. 

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British VAD Uniform, Part 2

British VAD Uniform, Part 2

Constance continues her exploration of the WWI VAD nursing uniform with the construction of the undergarments.

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Corsetry Supplies

Corsetry Supplies

Here's a wide collection of suppliers for just about any corsetry supply you might wish for, even legal Baleen (real whalebone)!

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Draft Your Corset Pattern

Draft Your Corset Pattern

How to make your own personalised Victorian corset pattern - a class suitable for beginners! You'll be surprised how well it fits...

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Winterthur Collection

Winterthur Collection

The Winterthur Collection  has many fantastic historical clothing and accessory catalogs. Here's the best  from 1850-1919

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Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

This month Marion McNealy shares with you some of the vintage corset making and fitting books that are online.

The books range from patterning and making an 1857 corset (perfect for the Single Pattern Project!)  to 1920's and 30's corsets, corselettes, brassieres, bandeaux and girdles. We've even got an excellent book from the 1950's for corset saleswomen on fitting a customer and making her feel at ease during the fitting process, still applicable to customers today!

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"Corsets" by Jill Salen: review and competition!

"Corsets" by Jill Salen: review and competition!

This month Cathy Hay reviews the new exciting new book: "Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques"  by Jill Salen.

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Jill Salen

Jill Salen

This month we have the pleasure of having an exclusive interview with Jill Salen, author of the new book "Corsets", which we are reviewing this month.

She shares with us what insprired her to write the book, how she got started and what her next book will be.

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Linda Sparks

Linda Sparks

This month we interview Linda Sparks, owner of Farthingales LA and Farthingales (Canada).

She talks about how she got started, why she started Farthingales and about her book on corsets coming out in December!

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Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

This month:

Trisha asks about creating a dress form for a French fashion doll and patterns for it. Shawn inquires about the historically correct way to piece an 1880 chemise Cathy explains about the DPP Corsets competition and FR

 

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