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Le Coq d'Or Corset - Foundations Revealed 2017 Competition Entry

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Le Coq d'Or Corset - Foundations Revealed 2017 Competition Entry

Now that entries are live and the competition is open over at Foundations Revealed, I should get around to posting about my process for this corset! You may have seen some of it on Facebook or Instagram in January. Here are the details...

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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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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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Happy opening to new musical Anastasia

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Happy opening to new musical Anastasia

Tonight, the world premier of the musical Anastasia opens at Hartford Stage. We are grateful to have been a part of this production. Much of February and March were devoted to this show here at Redthreaded. We made over thirty pieces for the Russian peasants and street characters in the turn of the century St. Petersburg scenes. The costumes were designed by the supremely talented (and Tony award winning) Linda Cho. These costumes featured some amazing use of texture, materials, and trims. The women's costumes, inspired by traditional Russian folk costume, were a joy to put together. This show spans quite...

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