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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906388016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906388010
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although aimed firmly at costume makers, there is still much to interest the historian, textile connoisseur, or indeed, closet corset-wearer." --Embroidery magazine

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By DG on 17 Sept. 2008
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Corset making is a suprisingly large subject, and this book is a welcome addition to the range.
It opens with some thoughtful comments about dating corsets and how typical are surviving examples, among other subjects.
The main body is devoted to an interesting selection of corsets, including finely boned and half-boned stays, hand stitched corded corsets, and later ones with a 'zone' waist band or gussets as well as the usual vertical panels - not forgetting the underbust and ribboned. Each corset features a full page colour photo, half a page or more commentary, and two page pattern. The patterns are generally to half scale, and all on graph paper with balance marks, grain lines and boning etc. indicated.
There follows a section on corset construction, including step-by-step guides for two corsets and how to insert gussets, floss and cord as well as the usual binding and busk insertion etc.
The book ends with lists of references, museums and suppliers.
If you know nothing about sewing but want to knock up a fashion corset, then this book is probably not for you - until you've got the bug! However, if you can follow a sewing pattern and want to recreate a period corset, this is the best single book available due to the large patterns and colour photos and the wide range of construction tips, including some not published elsewhere. Yes, more could be written about construction (where does one stop?), the 'close-up' photos touted in the blurb do not zoom in on any unusual feature, and the photos of the black corsets could be clearer, but I am happy to recommend this book: it is a steal at full price. 4+ stars
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Britton on 7 Jan. 2009
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I'm a profesional corsetiere and I found this book inspiring. This is less a book about how to make corsets, although that is covered, instead, it's a much more valuable deconstruction of several historical corsets. Each corset is dissected and presented piece by piece, so that we can recreate each one. Fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Reeve on 13 Mar. 2013
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As a costume degree student I have used several examples from this book to make period undergarments to help give my costumes the correct foundation.

The examples are dated and cover the changes in style over 200+ years. You get a photograph, working drawing, description and a pattern to work from, though this is scaled down and will need to be transferred to pattern paper to be able to use. This does give you the opportunity to alter the pieces to fit different sizes.

A useful book for anyone interested in fashion history, but for anyone with an interest in making period examples it should be a staple reference. It was always in such high demand at the library that I ordered my own copy. I have not regretted it and know I will use it again once my course has finished.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Belladonna Rose on 9 Sept. 2009
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This book has an introduction to the history of the corset, many historical examples with complete patterns (these require scaling up) and complete instructions for making two styles of corset. There is also a section of technical tips and instructions. Excellent range of patterns and comprehensive instructions; however, unless you have made corsets before and know how to fit them, these instructions alone may not be sufficient if you want to create a perfectly fitting corset. Also if you are a complete beginner to dressmaking this may be a little beyond you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Evans on 15 Feb. 2009
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I was really looking forward to getting this book as I thought I would be getting a book with valuble information and tips on how to make a corset-as suggested by the blurb. However, the instructions are basic at best and the patterns are not that helpfull-for example there is no proper explanation as to how to enlarge the patterns to fit a modern woman. The projects at the end are just not detailed enough to enable a really good corset to be made from them, and I really am not sure why the childs corset project is included-I don't think many children would want one! The photos are lovely, clear and large, so you can see lots of detail. However, overall I was dissapointed at the quality and amount of the text, does not really do what it says on the tin....
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As an art and design student with a strong interest in historical fashion and costumen I have found this book both interesting and helpful. It contains a modest collection of patterns with progress through the history of the corset. This patterns are displayed on grids at 50% making them easy to scale up or simply enlarge with a photocopier (as suggested by salen). This is a huge advantage over books such as Norah Waugh were the scaling up of patterns is much much more difficult and time consuming.

There are some great basic tips on things such as cording, flossing, creating eyelets as well as a list of suppliers. However there is little information on the more detailed aspects of making up the corsets (other than two "projects" at the end of the book,which at lesat make some other patterns more straightforward).

There are photographs of each corset though many are from museum collections so are not always perfect, but coupled with clear illustrations demonstrating both the rear and the front of the corset give a clear idea of how each should look.

This is a great buy for anyone wanting to learn more about corset patterns throughout history and who is happy to make replicas of historical corsets. Though those who are looking to make fitted corsets from scratch may not find there answers here (try the book "Waisted Efforts" for that) however they may find some interesting design ideas.

For its cost this book is more than worth it!
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