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Informative and useful
on 16 September 2009
The book's lay-out is orderly and easy to follow, and opens with a discussion of the tools and fabrics required for corset-making. Measuring, pattern usage, layout and cutting techniques are followed by the sewing methods involved. Boning (and the correct choice of bone) is dealt with in good detail. The author explains what to do and (more importantly) why to do it.
The print size is large enough to have the open book on your worktable and be able to read it easily. The drawings and photographs are clear and well-notated.
There are not any patterns included but this is a technique-orientated book, not a project book. The author does recommend two specific sewing patterns for corsets and the illustrations and how-to photographs use those particular patterns. There is a list of suppliers, mostly based in US, but it is not too hard to find UK suppliers if you prefer not to buy from abroad.
I found the instructions logical, easy to understand and practical; the tips and hints are useful and the writing manner is straightforward. The actual instructions begin with how to measure for your corset and end with how to lace and to wear it.
This is not a historical study of the corset through the ages, nor a social comment: it is purely a book on how to make a well-fitting corset. You will need a sound knowledge of basic sewing and, of course, the more experienced a seamstress you are, the easier you will find the work.
I have found it the most useful book on how to make a corset and I have several of them (books, not corsets - at least, not yet!)