Historical Patterns & Techniques


128 Pages
9x11 Paper
Color & B&W Illustrations
Costume & Fashion Press / QSM

25 beautiful and historically accurate pattern of corsets 1750-1917 taken from private and museum collections. Each stunning example is accompanied by a pattern, photographs and drawings, plus an historical overview giving invaluable insight into making up these period pieces.

Corsets also contains two step-by-step projects, a 1790 hand stitched corset and a 1900 machined corset. The book includes practical advice on construction and period detail, from inserting gussets and split busk insertion to eyelets and flossing.

Students of Costume and Fashion should find this a necessary addition to their bookshelf.

About Jill Salen

Jill Salen is a lecturer in costume, and has been producing patterns of corsets from private and museum collections for many years. She is widely employed in the theatrical costume industry and currently lives in Cardiff where she combines her freelance careers with teaching. She has been a lecturer in costume at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama for 14 years where she teaches courses such as Corsets 1598-1990, Cutting on the Stand and Origins of Cutting to students at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as supervising the costume element of shows produced by the college. During 7 years as the ladies cutter at the Welsh National Opera, she worked on 54 operas for designers such as Maria Bjornson and Tim Goodchild. www.jillsalen.com
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