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A Prairie Princess Bustle Dress (To Beat Those Winter Blues)

A Prairie Princess Bustle Dress (To Beat Those Winter Blues)

Hi all! I realized I never properly blogged about this dress I made back in the spring of last year. So what better time than the middle of winter, right? In April, I visited American Duchess HQ in Reno, NV. Abby took me to Mill End Fabrics while I was there, where I proceeded to buy a bunch of really garish cotton print including a rather psychedelic paisley (I blame jet lag? Or something?).  I was invited to a Victorian tea at my friend the Modern Mantua Maker's house in DC in May, and thought it was a great excuse...

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Woven Corsets! Visiting the Corset Museum in Heubach, Germany

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Woven Corsets! Visiting the Corset Museum in Heubach, Germany

One of the highlights of 2018 was my trip to the Structuring Fashion conference in Munich, Germany. An optional side trip to the Miedermuseum in Heubach was offered, and since I'd vowed to do All The Things offered as part of this trip, I took it. And I'm so glad I did! The tour started with a long bus ride--2 or 3 hrs--I don't remember exactly. But we were on a very nice double decker bus with good visibility. Since this was my first trip to Germany, it was a pleasant way to see a bit more of the country....

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Introducing Free Exchanges & Returns for the USA + Lower Shipping Fees

Introducing Free Exchanges & Returns for the USA + Lower Shipping Fees

Hi everyone! Today we are excited to introduce our new return & exchange policies for corsets. From now on, all USA corset orders will arrive at your door with an easy free return label and return/exchange info sheet. Should you need a different size or want to make a return, just ship the corset back in original packaging with the new label. No need to contact us first. Plus, enjoy $10 flat rate shipping in the USA for orders of 1-2 corsets, down from our previous $15. We've done a bit of tinkering with our shipping insurance provider, so are...

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A Regency Revamp for 2019

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A Regency Revamp for 2019

Redthreaded turns ten years old in January. That's...wild. We've come a long way from my college apartment.  My patterning has come a long way too. Regency stays were one of the first styles I standardized into sizes. I believe it has been six years since we've made any substantial changes to the master patterns. In that time, I have had the opportunity to fit this style on hundreds of women, and assess the overall fit.  To that end, we're making a few little tweaks to the patterns for our stock Regency short stays and long stays for 2019. Some of...

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Redthreaded's Binding Secrets Revealed--with Video!

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Redthreaded's Binding Secrets Revealed--with Video!

This is probably one of the top questions we're asked: how the $&# do you all sew your 18th century tab binding so cleanly, and by machine?? You have asked us for years. We've always included photo instructions in our 18th century stays pattern. We've done classes on this topic at Costume College. Now, we're sharing our step by step video so everyone can improve their machine binding, whether working from our patterns or not! All of this assumes your bone casings are stitched and bones are already inserted, or that you can insert them into the channels from the...

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