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An Autumnal 1887 Bustle Dress

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An Autumnal 1887 Bustle Dress

This brown and black plaid silk taffeta was originally earmarked for something 1850's, but once the weather began changing in September, I decided it would make a perfectly autumnal 1880's bustle gown. I honed in on 1886/7 for the gown because I love the cleaner, tailored, and asymmetrical lines seen in the later bustle period. Like most of my personal projects, I threw this together in a few weeks and didn't make many notes on the process. But here are some construction details. I visited my family in Rhode Island last week, which was the perfect setting for some fall photos....

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Spotlight: Mile High Workshop

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Spotlight: Mile High Workshop

Business growth can be tricky. We want to make you all of the undergarments for every era. But the reality is that the corsets and custom theatrical orders keep us plenty busy in-house here at Redthreaded. We lack the setup to get into true batch manufacturing. I am OK with that, because our slower, meticulous approach is one of the things which sets us apart. That's why I was so excited to discover local non-profit Mile High Workshop. I love their mission...to create employment opportunities and provide job training for members of our community seeking to rebuild from addictions, homelessness, and incarceration. They...

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January Update--Worth, Bum Rolls, & Broadway

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January Update--Worth, Bum Rolls, & Broadway

Where has January gone? We've been busy at the Redthreaded studio, so it's time for a bit of an update. I am so pleased by the response to our stock corset updates and our sale on the old style versions. Those sale corsets are selling out faster than I'd anticipated, and the new 1860's is proving to be quite popular. So, besides sewing mountains of white corsets, what else have we been up to?The Worth Gown Is Done...AgainI have finally--truly!--finished the Ironwork Gown to my standards. Friend and collaborator Jennifer of Merritt Portrait Studio found this absolutely amazing shoot location...

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