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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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Stock Corset Updates: All New Fashion Fabric & Updated Styling for 2017

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Stock Corset Updates: All New Fashion Fabric & Updated Styling for 2017

That's right, we've given the stock corset line a facelift! If you follow us on social media you may have picked up on some re-designing going on behind the scenes. Now we're ready to share! We have changed fashion fabric, updated the patterning for nearly every style, and will be introducing several entirely new styles as well! So exciting! Read on...

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Gibson Girls Come in All Sizes

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Gibson Girls Come in All Sizes

We're Adding Plus Size 1900's S-Bend Corsets! When we introduced the S-Bend Corset earlier this year, we became one of the only makers offering this style in ready to ship, standardized sizing. It has been very popular. Many wearers have expressed surprise at the comfort of it, since this era often gets a bit of a bad rep in that regard. Due to the complexity of the pattern draft, we restricted the initial release to the standard size range. We needed to make sure we were familiar enough with the specific fit challenges of this style before including plus sizing. That's changing! Starting in early December, we will...

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Hacking a Menswear Supply for Corset Padding: A Mini Tutorial

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Hacking a Menswear Supply for Corset Padding: A Mini Tutorial

Padding has been a hot topic in the historical costuming world lately. Historically, some women did it, some didn't—much like our personal preferences for bra styles today. However, there are some eras where padding can help us achieve a silhouette that looks “right” for the fashionable shape of the time. We include two hip pads with our S-Bend corsets. If you would like to make your own, here is an extremely simple way to make versatile pads, useful for a variety of periods. Think of this as a “hack” for achieving a curvier silhouette. These can be pinned or stitched into or...

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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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