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Nothing sculpts the body as quickly and effectively as a well-made corset. Unfortunately, because modern clothes are often cut to a very straight proportion, the effect is often lost just as quickly. If you’ve been waist training and find your corset styling efforts thwarted by the loose waistlines of your clothes, then this is the post for you! Here are several corset accessories I’ve used to great effect to show off my cinched […]

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Corsets are complex beasts! Their creation requires not only exacting techniques, but some specialized components as well. Today I’m going to discuss the basic elements of a corset in their most common forms. As corsets have such a long history and can be assembled with a range of techniques, there are plenty of variations on these parts. Here I’ll be focusing on the most widely used types. Understanding basic corset construction can […]

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There’s an unfortunate misconception that corsets can only be worn by certain body types. Often when I am working an event (as opposed to in front of a sewing machine), I will hear the following sentence: “They won’t have a corset that fits me, I’m too…” But let me be clear. Just as there’s no such thing as a “bikini body,” there’s no requirement for any dimension or proportion for you to wear a […]

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It’s time for another round of corset tidbits! In May, I did my first “Lace-Up” of innovative corsetry designs and news. This month I have some more gorgeous corsets to show you, as well as some major news about the world’s most famous corsetmaker… Corset fans have likely seen the progression of Purdy‘s exquisitely beaded ventilated corsets. At long last, we have the chance to see one on a model, […]

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In corsetry, there are certain standards that are widely accepted or even assumed, either tacitly or overtly. Examples of this might include the old “20 bones” minimum, multi-layer coutil construction, the idea of “seasoning,” and vocabulary such as “bespoke.” How did these standards come to be? In a market that is simultaneously niche and diverse, who is the arbiter of such things? And with so many novel corsetry concepts, from […]

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Today I’m delighted to feature the work of one of my Californian corsetmaking colleagues: Laurie Tavan. You may recall her from my list of 10 Specialty Corsetieres. Laurie’s synthesis of historical silhouettes with a modern design aesthetic is deliciously unique, and she’s also very well-versed in bespoke fit across a wide range of sizes. How long have you been making corsets and when did you officially launch your brand, then […]

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Corsets have an unfortunate reputation as arcane torture devices. Modern stretch shapewear is widely assumed to be both more comfortable and “safer.” But my experience has shown that a well-fit corset is not only supportive, but actually comfortable, rather than constricting. What makes a corset comfortable, or not? Can anybody be comfortable in a corset? The first key is fit. A corset must actually be suited to your body’s underlying […]

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There’s a reason I write for a blog called The Lingerie Addict. Besides the amazing community that TLA has introduced me to, I also happen to have a serious lingerie addiction. There is something about lingerie that is so personal and sensual while remaining a functional and a necessary part of my life. It is here that many people have an easier time expressing who they really are, since lingerie […]

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The craft of making corsets is a rich niche in the world of fashion: hand-craftsmanship and attention to detail allow for both a uniquely personalized and exquisitely made result. Is making corsets an aesthetic art, a feat of engineering, both, or even something more? The Case for Science Fitting and assembling corsets is a unique skill set. The underlying anatomy of the wearer must be carefully considered, fabric grainlines and […]

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Launched in 2008, Contour Corsets by Fran Blanche specializes in the creation of expertly fitted tightlacing corsets. We featured her on The Lingerie Addict a few weeks ago while discussing Corset Shopping for Trans Women. Fran’s approach to corsetmaking relies on utilizing modern materials and the application of her engineering background to build anatomically precise corsets suitable for all-day tightlacing wear. I’m very pleased to publish this interview — each […]

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