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"That Waist!" - Photo Editing at the Turn of the Century

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"That Waist!" - Photo Editing at the Turn of the Century

Out of pure curiosity, I decided to employ some old fashioned retouching techniques to one of my Worth Gown photos. The results are fascinating.

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My visit to the Collection at the DAR

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My visit to the Collection at the DAR

I'm sitting here going over photos from this past month and wondering how is it nearly May? April was full of work and travel; fast-paced projects bookended by two trips out of state.  One of the trips took me to Washington DC, where I was extremely lucky to be part of a behind the scenes tour of the Agreeable Tyrant exhibit, led by non other than curator Alden O'Brien. Upon meeting up with us, she took us through a nondescript door into the clothing, textile, and furniture storage.  And then she opened a drawer that held a stunning example of...

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Demystifying the S-Bend

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Demystifying the S-Bend

This one has been in the works for a while. I started developing the prototype over six months ago, and we went through several iterations before settling on this pattern draft. S-Bends are tricky. This era was all about that strange forward lean, the wide, round hips, tiny waist, and low bosom. Done poorly, these corsets can either be extremely uncomfortable and constricting, or look too tubular, lacking that distinctive shape of the period. This is why I've made a couple adjustments to this draft that make it a bit different from my other standard sizes: Hip Spring "hip spring" is a corsetry...

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