December 14, 2017

Designer Todd Thomas Dresses up with Period Corsets

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This past Halloween season brought us many fantastic custom projects for individuals and designers dressing their clients. For our collaboration with designer Todd Thomas, Period Corsets was asked to construct a full ensemble inspired by a historical silhouette. Thomas sent us his design sketch and fabrics to have Period Corsets create a bespoke ensemble worthy of the finest ball.

Design sketch by Todd Thomas with fabrics swatches
For this full look, Period Corsets created a bespoke corset made of gold and turquoise brocade, lined in sea foam blue moir√©. The corset featured straps with hidden elastic for a comfortable fit and to ensure the straps stayed in place during a night of fun.

corset straps with hidden inner elastic
The matching open overskirt was fashioned out of the same brocade and lining as the corset and was worn over a striped silk under petticoat. Both skirts were worn over our 17th century bum roll made in the matching blue moir√©. We loved the idea of the unseen underthings being made out of something just as beautiful as the outerwear.

Brocade over skirt with striped silk petticoat/underskirt

Hidden layers can be pretty too! Our 17th c. bum roll made in matching fabric
All together this four piece outfit created the most lovely shaping. The full look consisted of multiple separate layers that can be used on their own or mixed with other pieces for future outfits. To create the proper shaping of this era, you really need the right under-structure to make it work. The bum roll creates the back shelf-like shape with the skirts draping elegantly over it, achieved by adding pleating into the waistband to allow for that added volume. The corset literally tops off the look resulting in a complete 17th century ensemble. 

from the inside out

Classic 17th c. shaping





Watch the video of dressing from the outside in:



November 7, 2017

Period Corsets on a Budget- Marie Antoinette

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Marie Antoinette is big again! Hundreds of years later her influence, and that of the lavish fashions of the later 18th century, are still being felt all over. This was a time of extremes in fashion, with its wide panniers, full skirts, and bust enhancing corsets.



After hearing the needs of many, Period Corsets has designed a new, versatile take on this classic look. Perfect for a fancy ball or party, our modern Marie Antoinette features coordinating, interchangeable layers that can be removed and revealed as you saunter through the crowd. The only thing more fun than wearing a costume is one that can change with you throughout the evening!



Modern Marie Antoinette convertible skirt

By adding the convertible overskirt, your look can go from demure to sassy in seconds. The skirt can be worn open to reveal the pretty under-layers by pulling up on either side and tying it up with big ribbon bows. Or tie the skirt closed to hide the inner layers for a more covered, modest look.

Over-skirt worn closed with ribbon ties at the center front
The full skirt drapes beautifully over the modest pannier silhouette

Our focus for this fun and flirty homage was to craft an ensemble with mix and match separates at an affordable price. By using new streamlined time-saving techniques, we've created pieces that are an economical costume choice for any party, festival, or dress-up event.


This 4-piece ensemble includes the newest addition to our catalog, our frilly "Rustles". This is a simplified ruffled pannier with lighter boning and ribbon tie-on waistbands. The long bodied chemise doubles as an underskirt layer that peeks out below the "Rustles" and can be worn with or without the convertible overskirt.

Our "Rustles" with long ribbon ties for adjustability.
The 3 layers of ruffles hide an inner fabric-covered cage of light pannier boning. 

The long chemise doubles as a short skirt below the many layers
The tabbed 18th-century-style corset features adjustable shoulder straps with ribbon ties and peek-a-boo lacing at the center front giving you even more flexibility with shaping at the bust line.

Strike a captivating pose in this 18th c. style corset 

 Available in any size from small to 2X, or custom made to your measurements, this affordable ensemble can be made in any color. Save money by supplying your own fabrics or have us shop for materials for you. See here for more info on purchasing this set for yourself. 





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