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Tutorial: Shortening a Corset Pattern

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Our corset patterns are made for "average" torso lengths (15.5"-16.5" back neck to waist), which means that you may need to alter the length if you're short or long waisted. If you've made your mockup and determined that you need to adjust the height your corset above the waist, or you regularly need to make length adjustments on commercial patterns, read on. It may be tempting to just alter the top edge of your corset. That can work sometimes, but it is not ideal. Bust shaping and other important details will not shift and that can result in weird fit issues. The goal here is to...

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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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