Corsetry Patterns a-go-go!

So, clever Marion (former editor at Foundations Revealed) is publishing a book... of historical corset patterns from 1900-1922! This is exciting. Those years are not much addressed in contemporary corsetry, and since there are 19 different patterns I imagine the book will provide a really nice overview of the changing silhouette of the time. Should be … Continue reading Corsetry Patterns a-go-go!

Hiccups and ideas

On Tuesday night my little Singer machine stopped working. Backwards worked fine, but forwards not so much. So on Wednesday, I only did the morning chores at stables before coming back to the studio to see what could be done with the Singer. Answer: nothing, needs an actual service and a couple of parts. Took … Continue reading Hiccups and ideas

Patterns for sale

EDIT: Well you lot are keen! Those patterns all went within 30 minutes of posting, which was very gratifying, thank you 🙂 We then searched through and found a few more that we were happy to sell. Some assorted multi-panel pattern fun. And guess what happened...? Yep, they also sold super swiftly. Sorry for those who … Continue reading Patterns for sale

2012 versus 2016 – corset construction

I mentioned a 2012 corset months ago on facebook (the delicious Cranberry Butterfly made for Lucy), saying that it might be fun to share a little bit about how my corsetry techniques have changed over the years. So here we go!  Cranberry Butterfly was made in a strong way. Perhaps "stronger" than she needed to … Continue reading 2012 versus 2016 – corset construction

Juki industrial sewing machine for sale

So there are a couple of equine science modules that I would like to study (hooray for distance learning!) and if we found a new home for my unused Juki DU-1181N industrial (selling for £700, based in Birmingham UK) I could just about afford it... Please share with anyone who may be interested! This machine is … Continue reading Juki industrial sewing machine for sale

Why I love satin corsetry…

If you've been following our work for a few years now you might be aware that I'm somewhat in love with late-Victorian bridal corsetry. Those delicious silk satin pieces full of baleen, that always seem to be in impossibly delicate off-white, cream, pistachio, or coffee shades. Generally, those antique corsets seem to have been made … Continue reading Why I love satin corsetry…

A week in the life…

What a topsy turvy week it's been. Last Saturday I was volunteering at a stables just south of the city, as I do every weekend (sadly not yesterday though, due to the rest of the week going slightly bonkers). That was a joy, as ever. Sunday was resting and home stuffs, then Monday was my … Continue reading A week in the life…

Uber-toiles…

It began with the Birds Wing. The Birds Wing was an antique-inspired design that helped give rise to the recent trend for multi-panel corsetry. It was luscious and challenging in equal measure, teaching me about corsetmaking in ever greater detail. Why the past tense? Because I have now retired our version of the Birds Wing, having … Continue reading Uber-toiles…

An Edwardian Adventure in Corsetry

A talented friend of mine (publisher of Foundations Revealed) was desirous of a new Edwardian corset, made as authentically as we could manage, with a view to creating an extraordinary silhouette. As outlined in one of her blog posts (click through to see the toile/fitting photos), we are doing this not by forcing her naturally … Continue reading An Edwardian Adventure in Corsetry