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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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Though corsets are generally thought of as the high femme purview of bridal, boudoir, and full gothic Victoriana, masculine-edged tailored chic is a look that’s been steadily gaining ground among corset designers. The word dandy now refers to an old-fashioned appreciation for classic gentlemen’s style, and in women suggests a degree of androgyny. In classic cotton shirting and wool suiting fabrics, these corsets feature details like plackets, lapels, and oversize […]

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The corsetmaking community, in my experience, strives to be very inclusive. In making a product that is both intimate and highly customized, corsetmakers work with not just a full range of body sizes and shapes, but also a diverse array of  gender and sexual identities. A corset has the potential to be a powerful garment for a trans woman. A corset’s advantages lie most obviously in its physical effects, by […]

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As a corsetmaker, I am thrilled by the wave of prospective waist trainers with whom I’ve been coming into contact. In a marketplace crowded with such a wide array of product offerings, it can be confusing to know which to buy in order to begin waist training. Many of these garments aren’t even functional for occasional wear — the words “suitable for waist training” on a product page are not […]

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I always recommend to waist trainers that they invest in more than one quality corset for best results. Of course I realize that a good corset is just that — an investment — and buying two or more corsets at a time can be cost prohibitive. Once you’ve determined that waist training is really for you, here are my top four reasons why you should go ahead and get that […]

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