This month Marion McNealy shares with you some of the vintage corset making and fitting books that are online.
The books range from patterning and making an 1857 corset (perfect for the Single Pattern Project!) to 1920's and 30's corsets, corselettes, brassieres, bandeaux and girdles. We've even got an excellent book from the 1950's for corset saleswomen on fitting a customer and making her feel at ease during the fitting process, still applicable to customers today!
Creating and fitting historical patterns remains a perennial problem for costume makers. Luckily, our writers have the answers ...
A sewing buddy can help you get it right, but what if you're fitting yourself by yourself? Jenny knows it's not impossible, and she shows us how to do it.
What if you want to "standardize" your patterns and sell them? It's not as complicated as you might think... Jennie shows how.
How to transform a basic bodice pattern into three Regency bodices styles: gathered and two different styles of crossover bodices.
In Part 6 of this series, we perfect the historical fit using what we've learned from the modern sloper, along with a little research.
In the final instalment of our ultimate bodice fitting series, we complete the look by fitting a period sleeve to our 1863 bodice.
In Part 5 of this series, we'll go historical now, taking what we've learned from the modern sloper and using it to fit a Victorian bodice pattern.
A correctly fitted bodice is a thing of beauty. In Part 4, a failsafe method of checking the fit step by step, and we'll begin tweaking from there.
A correctly fitted bodice is a thing of beauty. In Part 3, you'll make horizontal adjustments to the sloper, and then the first mock-up!
Nothing draws admiration from other seamstresses like a correctly fitted bodice. In Part 2, we'll select a sloper and make vertical adjustments.
A correctly fitted bodice is a thing of beauty. In this series, Michelle shows us how to fit a modern sloper and then use it to make a Victorian bodice.
We've seen the Tudor wardrobe of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, take shape and now we join her in the bedchamber as she dresses in the finished clothes.
Even Regency period gowns, with their simple, geometric shapes, present issues with fitting. Nicole investigates.
Natasha's quest to create a 1907 wedding gown from the bottom up has brought us to the second layer: the Edwardian petticoat, underskirt, and corset cover.
Natasha invites us to look through her 1907 wedding dress project, starting from the foundations up. In Part 1 she covers the Edwardian corset, bloomers and chemise.
How to make up for disproportions such as erect and stooping figures, and how to make your menswear stand out as historical.
Authentic period techniques, simplified for the benefit of tailoring beginners. In part 5, Jason fits and finishes the jacket.
The third instalment features an exclusive set of patterns for YWU members: Jason shows you how to get the best out of them.