Our stylishly turned out Dresser has assisted her Lady with the chemise, leggings, panniers and is now tightening the corset. The series of layers’ underneath clothing has purpose; the chemise was closest to the skin and served as nightgown, petticoat and under-blouse. The leggings provided warmth and good protection from tall grasses, low bushes and insects. Jumping to the corset, we know that it provided a particular feminine shape; a smaller waist, or larger bottom. And this, is where panniers totally take over the whole feminine shape idea; remember this famous picture of one of Marie Antoinette’s dresses …
Georgain; another period to dress ...
 Here is a short demonstration of how to make external boning channels for corsetry. Here the corset and the channels are made from the same fabric, very fine herringbone coutil in mink. The pattern, style and finish suitable for 1895 - but the same technique can be used for other corsets including modern ones.
Emily Taaffe is dressed in her 19th century costume for Daphne in 'Nation'.
Can we do up our own corsets?
A lady's clothing ensemble of the 1860s (the prices quoted are from the company that makes the costumes) ...
So ... did Victorian women dress themselves afterall?
If you have any questions about stays, you've come to the right place ...
1860 foundation wear included hook skirts, pettipants, petticoat, corset and corset cover ...
Take a look backstage before you see this one ...
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The Costumer's Notebook,

The book The Costumer's Notebook is a 295 page comprehensive handbook for Costumers for stage and film including a full Glossary of stage and film industry terms. Sections include methods and tricks for laundry, dyeing, breakdown, Dresser guidelines and protocols for Stage or Film and various size charts for men and women from shoes to gloves. Other Sections include diagrams showing How to Iron A Shirt, How to Tie a Tie and How to Tie a Bow Tie. Costume fittings, costume lay out and costume storage are also discussed.