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Free Custom Corset Pattern Generator

This Custom Corset Pattern Generator is a great way to take your measurements when creating a corset. All you need to do to generate a free pattern is enter the measurements of your bust, waist, waist to underarm, cup size, and your center front length. You will then have the option of viewing the pattern as small or large illustrations. Once you have generated the pattern, there are construction instructions as well.

 

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Free Historical Costume Patterns

Have you ever wanted to create an historically accurate bathing suit, corset, or an Elizabethan dress? With the rise in popularity of historical fiction period piece shows and films, it’s no wonder that there are hundreds of historical costume patterns available online for free.
www.costumingdiary.com has an entire collection of free historical costume patterns including Medieval, Elizabethan, and Victorian. Just one click on this page, and you will find a link to hundreds of other patterns.

 

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There is a pattern for a gentleman’s sack shirt from 1907, a corset from 1911, a bra from 1910, a young girl’s kilted suit from 1876, a boy’s Russian blouse costume from 1905, a gown from the Italian Renaissance, a 1950’s petticoat, and even a pattern for drawers and knickerbockers, as well as a really awesome women’s bathing suit project from the 1920’s that has no pattern at all.

 

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The variety of free patterns available is amazing, and these are just a few examples that have been compiled on www.costumingdiary.com.
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Ankara – Dutch Wax Cotton

Ankara Fabric, is commonly known as “African Prints”. ” Holland Wax” , and “Dutch Wax”. This fabric is 100% cotton with brightly colored patterns.
Due to the Tribal-like patterns, this fabric is often associated with Africa. People have made hats, earrings, blazers, shoes, socks, shirts, and other garments with this fabric, which makes it versatile. The prints found on Ankara fabrics are often made by batik, an Indonesian wax-resistant dyeing technique. The intensity of the colors in the patterns determines which side of the fabric is the front and which is the back. The fabric was initially intended for the Indonesian market but received a better response from African audiences. WAX COTTONS

 To check out our new online selection of Wax Cotton, please click here.

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Indie Patterns Come to Britex Guest Bloggers

For about a year, our team of Guest Bloggers have been sampling and offering tons of tips on working with a variety of fabrics from our online selection. They have also been sharing their personal tricks on using and altering existing patterns. Here’s where the really awesome news comes in—our guest bloggers will now be test driving some of your favorite (or soon to be favorite) independent pattern companies. The list is pretty long, but here are a few. Find the entire list of collaborating pattern companies on our Guest Blogger page.

 

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Tips: Vintage Pattern Primer

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Hello fellow sewing enthusiasts! I’m Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. It will probably come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of vintage patterns.  I adore reproductions, which are generally a little more forgiving because of the added markings and updated instructions, free of damage and strange smells.  But there is something wonderful about working with a vintage pattern that is decades old.  Some have written notes or postmarks, and even contain newspaper clippings, or facing pieces cut from newsprint.  I love to imagine what the original purchaser had in mind when she picked out her pattern!

I chose a beautiful lightweight navy wool for this mail order pattern from the late 1940s.  A classic fabric for a classic silhouette!

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 If the idea of working with a vintage pattern intimidates you, here are a few hints. Click here to read more »

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