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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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The Worth of Possibility

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The Worth of Possibility

The Met owns the Ironwork Gown, but it exists in the hearts and minds of nearly every costumer. It has been pinned on countless young costumers' inspiration boards. It is one of the iconic historical gowns which we have elevated to a level of idolatry and impossibility, considering them to be above our modern skillsets. I think most of us have looked at the Ironwork gown for decades and said "never." But what happens when we take another look at these seemingly impossible gowns and begin to ask "what if?" Cathy Hay asked the question with her Oak Leaf Gown. Watching her work through this...

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Replica Ironwork Worth Gown

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Replica Ironwork Worth Gown

I have been working away at this gown in semi-secret since the start of this year. There are of course a million things I would do differently next time, but I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. I have 127 hours into this dress from the moment I began handling fabric. I wore this at last night's Costume College Gala. I will do a proper write up about how I digitized the motif and executed the appliqué, but for now here are a couple of photos.   

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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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Printed corset patterns are here!

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Printed corset patterns are here!

When I first launched the digital patterns, the end goal was always to offer printed patterns as well. It's been a long road with a lot of learning curves, and has taken longer than I expected. But I am excited to announce that Redthreaded now offers printed Georgian, Regency, and Victorian patterns! In addition, the printed Regency pattern is a "version 2.0" of sorts, with many adjustments and tweaks based on your feedback over the past two years. The digital Regency pattern version will be updated to this one shortly as well. As part of this expansion to printed patterns,...

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