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Meet the New 1690's Stays

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Meet the New 1690's Stays

We've been seeing more and more buzz about the fashions from the turn of the 18th Century, partially due to the popularity of the 2018 film The Favourite (we loooved it!). The new Patterns of Fashion 5 volume also contains heaps of information about the stays for this period. The fashions are...weird...to a modern eye, but that's part of what we love about them! Prior to this period, bodices generally consisted of smooth-covered stitched stays, with sleeves. The structure and the outer layer were built as one. The Mantua gowns of the 1680's changed this, with soft, draped gowns pinned...

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My Business Is a Fourth Grader (!?!) Happy 10th Birthday to Redthreaded

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My Business Is a Fourth Grader (!?!) Happy 10th Birthday to Redthreaded

Folks. Wow. When I began Redthreaded in my college apartment in early 2009, I never dreamed that it would become a business with employees, studio space, and an international reach. It's been a long, sometimes hard decade, but I'm happy to be here. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 30% of small businesses make it to (and through) their 10th year. So I want to take a minute to celebrate YOU, our amazing customers, supporters, and fans, for believing in us and our products. Below, we've shared some photos from our clients over the years. From the individual...

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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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We're Raising Corset Prices for the First Time in Four Years. Here's Why.

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We're Raising Corset Prices for the First Time in Four Years. Here's Why.

Hi everyone. I don't love writing this post, because one of the things we try to do at Redthreaded is to keep our historical corsets as affordable as possible, while keeping the business sustainable. The prices on our stock corsets have stayed the same for about four years. So why raise them this January 1st? Making clothing in the United States is expensive. I could speak negatively of steel prices, tariffs and global trade. I could write a long treatise about the steps I've taken to reduce supply costs through larger manufacturer and wholesale quantity discounts. I could speak of...

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Structuring Fashion Conference in Germany

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Structuring Fashion Conference in Germany

Earlier this year, the September Structuring Fashion conference was announced in tandem with the Patterns of Fashion 5 book release. The conference was to be held in Munich, Germany, at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum. I had to go! And I did, and it was wonderful.  This was actually my first international trip by myself and my first trip to Germany.The Symposium consisted of numerous talks presented by scholars and dress historians from all over the globe, as well as tours. I learned so much from these lectures, which I am excited to implement in our work going forward. Some highlights included...

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