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Stays and Corsets Volume 2
Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body

ISBN 9781138061255
Published August 24, 2018 by Routledge
280 Pages 174 Color & 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this second volume of Stays and Corsets, Mandy Barrington continues to create historical patterns for a modern body shape. This book contains all new corset patterns with a range of silhouettes that span over 300 years, from the late 16th century to the early 20th century. The corset patterns are generated from an original historical garment and have been designed for a wide range of female figures and sizes. The technique of flat pattern drafting your stays or corset will enable you to change the shape of the wearer to create an authentic historic silhouette.

All calculations have been worked out for the reader and are provided in easy-to-read tables, which avoids extremely difficult, time-consuming and inaccurate re-sizing of historical patterns. Some prior knowledge of pattern drafting is helpful; however, each pattern has step-by-step instructions supported by clear diagrams that will take you through each stage of the pattern drafting process. The final result is an accurate period stays or corset pattern for your model.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


  1. How to use this book
  2. Guidance on the pattern drafting process

    Finding the measurements for your historical pattern

  3. Pattern Drafting Tools
  4. Female Measurements
  5. Taking Accurate Measurements

    Female Measurement Form

    Female Measurements Guide

    Standard Female Measurement table

  6. The Female Basic Block Pattern
  7. Female Basic Block Instructions

  8. Preparing the Female Basic Block for your Historic Pattern
  9. Historical Patterns
  10. Introduction

  11. 1598 Pair of Bodies

  13. 1680-1700 Corset Bodice
  14. 1760 Silk Brocade Corset Bodice
  15. 1760 Strapless Stays
  16. 1830-45 Buff Corded Corset
  17. 1890 Black Cotton Corset
  18. 1890 Celebrated C.B. Bridal Corset
  19. 1905 Plunge Front Corset
  20. 1915 Deep Skirted Corset


Types of corset bones

Costume collections


Bibliography and Further Reading

Image Credits


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Mandy Barrington is a Senior Lecturer in Costume at the Arts University Bournemouth and a recipient of The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2016-18. She has a first class honours degree in Costume design and a Masters in Costume. Mandy has worked professionally making costumes for shows such as My Fair Lady at the National Theatre, London, the hit West End show Wicked, and Sleeping Beauty at The Royal Opera House.