When safety bicycles became popular with women, corset manufacturers responded by offering corsets adapted for biking. (Advertisement from the Chrismans' collection, from ThisVictorianLife.com)

When safety bicycles became popular with women, corset manufacturers responded by offering corsets adapted for biking. (Advertisement from the Chrismans' collection, from ThisVictorianLife.com)

Cosplay By McCall's. The source for cosplay sewing patterns. Featuring new patterns from Yaya Han.

Cosplay By McCall's. The source for cosplay sewing patterns. Featuring new patterns from Yaya Han.

Above: with hip pads Below: without hip pads  https://www.facebook.com/kate.m.brooks.9/posts/10152570839226829

Above: with hip pads Below: without hip pads https://www.facebook.com/kate.m.brooks.9/posts/10152570839226829

Victorian costume. Women's dresses satin, lace and corsets @gigiwaichew Dickens Fair Charles Dickens San Francisco Cow Palace Christmas Faire

Victorian costume. Women's dresses satin, lace and corsets @gigiwaichew Dickens Fair Charles Dickens San Francisco Cow Palace Christmas Faire

Another pinner: There are several ways to compress a skirt width to a waistband, but for 1860s, my personal favorite is directional knife pleating. Heres a short how-to on the technique I use.

Another pinner: There are several ways to compress a skirt width to a waistband, but for 1860s, my personal favorite is directional knife pleating. Heres a short how-to on the technique I use.

Guide to dress making by J Henry Symonds is a must-have for anyone interested in Victorian sewing techniques. Published in 1876 it's available FREE to download

Guide to dress making by J Henry Symonds is a must-have for anyone interested in Victorian sewing techniques. Published in 1876 it's available FREE to download

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