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Coming Soon: 1860's Gored Corsets

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Coming Soon: 1860's Gored Corsets

UPDATE 11/25/16: 1860's corsets are now available To say that Costume College was inspiring and informative would be an enormous understatement. I came back from the conference in August with a million new ideas for new styles and products. We've been working on new materials, new patterns, new designs...so much NEW for you!  Our first brand new standard corset style will be an 1860's Gored Corset which features the authentic construction details that are often overlooked in reproductions of this period. Some of these include: Body panels cut on the bias Angled waist tape Bust shaping achieved through gores only...

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Model Search!

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Model Search!

We have several fun projects coming together behind the scenes. And we need models! I would love to update my list of potential models in the DENVER, CO area (locals only, please). Here are the details: Must be local to Denver, CO or surrounding area Ladies only at this time Sizes US 4-20, in proportions that are close to our standard sizing 5'6"-5'9" Particularly interested in finding plus size models who fit our plus size range, women of color, and women with longer hair For historical shoots, no tattoos or unnatural hair colors. These are OK for more artsy shoots...

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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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