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Corset Fitting Part 2: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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In Part 1: How to Measure Yourself for a Corset, I spoke briefly about what measurements to take for making a corset. In this part I will show you how to apply them to a pattern. There are several ways and methods of adjusting patterns; using a commercial pattern, online free downloadable pattern and by finally drafting the pattern yourself. But first you have to select a style of corset to make. My client, for this series, is none other than The Head of the Seamstress' Guild and famed author of the the Young Wizards series herself, Diane Duane! [Kermit the...

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How to measure yourself for a corset.

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I have been asked to give a lecture at DiscWorld Con in August on "Corset Fitting and Sewing Cheats". As part of the build up to this lecture/demo I will have to prepare a veritable sh*tload of demonstration pieces to be displayed upon my CELEBRITY MODEL (Really, there is one and she said yes and everything!)! As I only have 50 minutes and there is a lot of tricks and cheats to this whole business (sorry to any other pro out there who thinks I am exposing "secretes", but with the advance of YouTube I'd rather see people getting it right than all...

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What's Wrong with Plus Size Fashion TODAY!

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Women are talking about having more choice and greater range of plus size fashion. Can you tell the difference between these three skirts? No? Neither can I. Although one has been recently hailed as "fashion innovation", one designed by a recent Project Runway winner and worn by an award winning actress and the other is a FREE PATTERN for the very first garment you learn to make at GCSE. I look at this and despair! How can anyone think that THIS is choice? That THIS is fashion innovation or new or even exciting? It's a gathered skirt FFS! It is literally...

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Game of Thrones Inspired Negeligee - part 1

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Who hasn't been watching Game of Thrones? (Or as my friends call it Game of Porn) And the absolutely stunning gowns designed by the amazing Michele Clapton. my personal favourites are the "slave" (erhem... prostitute) dress worn by the characters Roz and Shea and also Margery Tyrell's (We Tyrrells have to stick together!) wedding dress. The basic shapes, perfect for the warmer climate of Summer (Winter Is Coming!) are also lovely in the bedroom! [gallery ids="478,476,475"] These shapes have been appearing on the catwalks as well. [gallery columns="2" ids="477,479"] What I adore about costume design in science fiction and fantasy...

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I started making lingerie because there was nothing out there that fit me. I was a size UK24/42GG, 17 and a half stone, recently divorced, newly diagnosed Type II, and my confidence was at an all time low. This was 2011 and at that time there were no on-line stores or Indie designers. A woman's only recourse were shoddily made pieces in the cheapest and lowest quality of fabrics that lied about the sizes. Nighties that looked like gossamer floaty dreams turned out to be plastic sausage casing. It was the most depressing and soul destroying thing to try on...

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