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Foundations Revealed Community for Stitchlings who want to take their corsetry, historical sewing and couture from good to

*ANNOUNCEMENT*We're delighted to announce that in the next few weeks, Foundations Revealed (trading name of Harman Hay P...
15/06/2024

*ANNOUNCEMENT*

We're delighted to announce that in the next few weeks, Foundations Revealed (trading name of Harman Hay Publications Ltd) will become an employee-owned company. Chief Operations Officer Christina is taking over from Cathy, and she and our Editor Perin will form a two-person leadership team running the business. The UK-based employees themselves will be the owners of Harman Hay Publications Ltd from here on out.

Cathy is moving to the US, and since FR has reached the point where it can stand on its own two feet, she wants to be able to devote more time to sewing, videos, and the Abundant Artisan.

We didn’t know exactly when this would happen until recently, but Cathy and Christina have been preparing this transition for about two years. It was part of the conversation when Christina joined the company, and they have been engaged in a gradual handover that ensures that the business and the community are in safe hands going forward.

The Team have big plans for workshops, courses, and content more generally. We want to ensure that Foundations Revealed continues to provide a great community and authoritative resources for historical costumers, and that it continues to grow and innovate for many years to come.

We want to thank Cathy for all her hard work in creating Foundations Revealed and growing it to the point where this is possible. We wish her all the best in her American adventures, and we're excited to see how her new business, and the Velvet Coat, progress!

You can find out more by clicking the links below:

https://members.foundationsrevealed.com/frsaleannouncement/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnxnIfaMn3M

Love the FR team x

Happy Bridgerton day to all who celebrate! 🐝Do you prefer your Regency fashions in Bridgerton blue or something a bit mo...
14/06/2024

Happy Bridgerton day to all who celebrate! 🐝

Do you prefer your Regency fashions in Bridgerton blue or something a bit more Featherington inspired? 🌼

Bath Fashion Museum/LACMA

These glorious gold kid evening oxfords of 1891 are the perfect way to step into the weekend!💛What are your sewing plans...
08/06/2024

These glorious gold kid evening oxfords of 1891 are the perfect way to step into the weekend!💛

What are your sewing plans for this weekend? Share in the comments!🧵

MET Museum, 2009.300.1455a–d

*Talking Threads!*Eyelets are a incredibly versatile skill to have in your repertoire, and if you’re looking for histori...
06/06/2024

*Talking Threads!*

Eyelets are a incredibly versatile skill to have in your repertoire, and if you’re looking for historical accuracy then hand sewn eyelets are an essential (metal eyelets weren’t invented until 1828!) Ruth Watkin of Ruth Watkin Costumes shows us how she creates her gorgeous whipped eyelets in this tutorial.

What's your favorite way of inserting eyelets? Comment below!

Tutorials for a variety of eyelets can be found in the article “How To Make Perfect Eyelets” by Ruth Watkin, available now to Academy and Essentials members of Foundations Revealed.

Can you guess what all these pieces have in common? They're all made of fabric from the pineapple plant! 🍍According to t...
02/06/2024

Can you guess what all these pieces have in common? They're all made of fabric from the pineapple plant! 🍍

According to the MET museum, "The production of pineapple cloth is specific to the Philippines and West Indies. Woven by hand from the leaf fiber of the pineapple plant, and often embellished with intricate embroidery, this highly valued fabric was fashioned into clothing and accessories that were a part of the traditional Filipino cultural heritage for centuries. Exportation to Europe and America started early, but became widespread during the 19th century, when it was promoted by Christian missionaries. The exported items, fashioned for both men and women, were highly prized for their beauty and novelty."

Have you ever worked with pina? 🧵🪡

Pieces from collections of the MET Museum and MFA Boston.

*Meet The Winners!*The moment is here - meet the winners of the FR Competition 2024. We're delighted to introduce our to...
31/05/2024

*Meet The Winners!*

The moment is here - meet the winners of the FR Competition 2024. We're delighted to introduce our top three placing entrants in this year's Beginner category.

1st Place: Perfect Landing by Courtney Chu

2nd Place: Heritage Rose by Ginny Allen

3rd Place: Medieval Fae Vampire by Samantha Solveson

We're absolutely blown away by the standard of work submitted this year - thank you to all our entrants for sharing their creative journey with us! We can't wait to see what you do next. And thank you to our incredible team of judges, and each and every member of the community who voted, commented on and shared their support for this year's entrants.

To watch the full announcement (plus find out next year's competition theme!) head to the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkT-pAh4AKk&t=5s

*Meet The Winners!*The moment is here - meet the winners of the FR Competition 2024. We're delighted to introduce our to...
28/05/2024

*Meet The Winners!*

The moment is here - meet the winners of the FR Competition 2024. We're delighted to introduce our top three placing entrants in this year's Apprentice category.

1st Place: Enchanted Moss Fae by Holly Barton

2nd Place: Captain's Glamourweave by Dale Feazell

3rd Place: The Crawling Chaos Nyarlathotep by Jitka Pelíšková

We're absolutely blown away by the standard of work submitted this year - thank you to all our entrants for sharing their creative journey with us! We can't wait to see what you do next. And thank you to our incredible team of judges, and each and every member of the community who voted, commented on and shared their support for this year's entrants.

To watch the full announcement (plus find out next year's competition theme!) head to the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkT-pAh4AKk&t=3s

*Meet The Winners!*The moment is here - meet the winners of the FR Competition 2024. We're delighted to introduce our to...
25/05/2024

*Meet The Winners!*

The moment is here - meet the winners of the FR Competition 2024. We're delighted to introduce our top three placing entrants in this year's Intermediate category.

1st Place: What Lies Below by Hannah S.

2nd Place: My Lady of Autumn by Margaret Proffitt

3rd Place: Elanor Gardner Attire by Kara Marie

We're absolutely blown away by the standard of work submitted this year - thank you to all our entrants for sharing their creative journey with us! We can't wait to see what you do next. And thank you to our incredible team of judges, and each and every member of the community who voted, commented on and shared their support for this year's entrants.

To watch the full announcement (plus find out next year's competition theme!) head to the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkT-pAh4AKk

*New Mini Course!*Today is the day - how you shop for materials will NEVER be the same again.Our new course will introdu...
25/05/2024

*New Mini Course!*

Today is the day - how you shop for materials will NEVER be the same again.

Our new course will introduce you to the core components of fabric – including the two fundamental categories of fibre and structure, along with finish and other key attributes – in a straightforward and comprehensive way.

Our Editorial team and writer Yubi Coates have designed this course to give you greater confidence and enjoyment in your fabric shopping, as you will be able to ask the right questions to find what you need, argue your corner where necessary (like when they charge you for silk, but it arrives and you can tell it’s definitely acetate!), and more easily determine whether the options available will work for your needs.

Not only are we exploring the answers to all your questions on fibers, natural and synthetic, we're also sharing our new Fabric Glossary - a comprehensive overview of fabric terminology and structures, both historical and modern.

This resource is available to all Academy and Essentials members of FR - and to celebrate we're offering nearly 50% off our memberships, plus two months free with an annual subscription! Click the link below to learn more about our global community of makers.

https://foundationsrevealed.com/join/

Fashion Illustrations by Emma Leyfield of Valerian Illustration

*Meet The Winners!*The moment is here - meet the winners of the FR Competition 2024. We're delighted to introduce our to...
23/05/2024

*Meet The Winners!*

The moment is here - meet the winners of the FR Competition 2024. We're delighted to introduce our top three placing entrants in this year's Experienced category.

1st Place: Childhood Dreams by Sarah Jo Martens

2nd Place: Elloween by Meritxell Pinyol Blasco

3rd Place: The Spring Gown by Laura Kalnaja

We're absolutely blown away by the standard of work submitted this year - thank you to all our entrants for sharing their creative journey with us! We can't wait to see what you do next. And thank you to our incredible team of judges, and each and every member of the community who voted, commented on and shared their support for this year's entrants.

To watch the full announcement (plus find out next year's competition theme!) head to the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkT-pAh4AKk

21/05/2024

*Competition 2025 Theme*

We just couldn’t keep the secret in any longer – it’s time to meet your new theme! In 2025, we invite you to take “Flight”, the theme for next year’s FR Competition! Read more below:

“Prepare to let your creativity soar in next year’s FR Competition theme “Flight”! We invite you to explore and interpret this wondrous concept in all its forms—from the delicate wings of a butterfly to the robust gears of fantastical airships. Whether your inspiration takes flight from the mythological Icarus or Quetzalcoatl, the Valkyries, the pioneering aviators of the early 20th century, or the futuristic possibilities of jetpacks and flying cars, the sky is truly the limit.

Consider channelling the majestic eagle with costumes that capture the beauty and might of a bird in flight, or craft something ethereal with garments that echo the gods and goddesses of the skies. Why not experiment with the aesthetics of early hot air balloon flight, or vintage pilot gear from the 1920s complete with leather and goggles, or craft an outfit inspired by innovative concepts of space travel?

This competition isn't just about creating a costume; it's about embodying the spirit of adventure and innovation that flight represents. Use fabrics that flow and structures that defy the ordinary. Your design could be a literal interpretation or an abstract representation, encouraging you to think outside the box.

We've got just one caveat - let's steer clear of real-world military references. Apart from that, let your creativity ascend to new heights and perhaps, in crafting your vision of flight, you'll find yourself transported not just in body, but in spirit. Join us, and let’s make next year’s event a breath-taking spectacle of airborne wonders!"

We’re always blown away by the incredible creations you submit, and we cannot wait to see what you come up with this year. But now - it's over to you!

Our full Entrant’s pack will be released soon with all the information you’ll need to dive right into your entries, but for now head to the link below to get inspired by our theme Pinterest board.

https://tinyurl.com/34w8s3s9

*Meet The Winners!*The moment is here - meet the winners of the FR Competition 2024. We're delighted to introduce our to...
21/05/2024

*Meet The Winners!*

The moment is here - meet the winners of the FR Competition 2024. We're delighted to introduce our top three placing entrants in this year's Advanced category.

1st Place: Golden Knight by Alexa Figuerres

2nd Place: Queen of Autumn by Charlie Grilhé

3rd Place: Goddess of the Harvest by Alexandra Briscoe

We're absolutely blown away by the standard of work submitted this year - thank you to all our entrants for sharing their creative journey with us! We can't wait to see what you do next. And thank you to our incredible team of judges, and each and every member of the community who voted, commented on and shared their support for this year's entrants.

To watch the full announcement (plus find out next year's competition theme!) head to the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkT-pAh4AKk

17/05/2024

Our 2024 Competition Winners are now LIVE! Join us over on Youtube to celebrate with this year's winners. Plus, that's not all we'll be sharing - tune in for a sneak peak at next year's competition theme.

We'll be joined by our fabulous judges The Sewphisticate Erika A La Mode Cosplay Our Shield Maiden Brooklynne Michelle Emiah

Click the link below to watch:
https://youtu.be/WkT-pAh4AKk?si=1eZfaS4MgOoqyfAs

We're so excited to celebrate with all our fantastic finalists 🧵🧜🧚

*15 Minutes to Go!*Our team of competition judges are skilled makers in specialisms across the historical costuming, cor...
17/05/2024

*15 Minutes to Go!*

Our team of competition judges are skilled makers in specialisms across the historical costuming, corsetry and cosplay communities – as we wait for this year's winners to be announced, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating their wonderful work!

Emilee of Our Shield Maiden has shared more about her favourite piece below:

“My 18th-century Spiderverse dress has been one of my favorite projects because I could take my time to make it just how I wanted it! I got to meet Oscar award winner Ruth Carter (Black Panther) while wearing it to her premiere and she complimented me on my outfit! I loved collaborating with visual artist Gabriella Diaz to bring her art to life as well!"

Photo credit:

You can see more of Emilee's incredible work on Instagram at Our Shield Maiden

*30 Minutes to Go!*Our team of competition judges are skilled makers in specialisms across the historical costuming, cor...
17/05/2024

*30 Minutes to Go!*

Our team of competition judges are skilled makers in specialisms across the historical costuming, corsetry and cosplay communities – as we wait for this year's winners to be announced, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating their wonderful work!

Alycia of Emiah has shared more about her favourite piece below:

“Seraphina includes so many of my favourite aspects of design. Structured and dramatic silhouette, sheer draping that glides across the form, delicate lace hand stitched to create luscious organic texture and deeply encrusted with shimmering crystals to catch the light... the epitome of what I adore in design and a perfect representation of my aesthetic."

You can see more of Alycia's incredible work on Instagram at Emiah

*2 Hours To Go!*As we wait with bated breath for this year's competition winners announcement, we're having a nosy into ...
17/05/2024

*2 Hours To Go!*

As we wait with bated breath for this year's competition winners announcement, we're having a nosy into the sewing kits of our judging panel! Anneliese of The Sewphisticate has shared her essentials below:

•Dritz Styling Design Ruler – This clear plastic ruler combines a French curve (for your necklines and armscyes), hip curve, and straight edge all in one handy tool. This is one of my must-haves for pattern making, and is the one ruler to rule them all!

•Pilot FriXion Erasable Pens – I would not be surprised if this made more than just my favorites list, as these heat-erasable pens are a popular marking tool. They come in many colors, glide on most fabrics smoothly, and disappear completely when ironed or steamed.

•Buttonhole Thread – Most thread companies have a specific buttonhole or button twist thread, but I use the Coats & Clark “Button & Craft” thread, which is inexpensive and easy to find in local craft stores. This heavy-duty thread can be used for more than just attaching buttons and hand-worked button holes, as I like to use this (with a single thread) for securely sewing on metal hooks and thread eyes, which are most closures for my projects; hand-stitched eyelets; attaching gauged (cartridge pleated) skirts to their bodices; and even as a sturdy cord for cord-gathering techniques.

•Tailor's Points (Scissors) – I recommend the Gingher 5-inch blade “Knife-edge Sewing Scissors,” which are always right next to me – by my sewing machine, ironing board, or whenever I am hand-sewing. The lightweight blades easily slice through multiple layers of fabric, and are small enough to clip threads, grade seam allowances, clip curves and notches, cut buttonholes, and turn pointed corners.

• Pinking Shears – These scissors have sawtooth blades that cut fabric in a zig-zag pattern, which prevents woven fabrics from fraying. I like to use pinking shears for clipping and grading seam allowances, which reduces bulky seams and is particularly helpful around curves.

Do you have any of these in your sewing kit? 🧵

Today's the day - we're announcing our competition winners in just over three hours! And just before we get started we’r...
17/05/2024

Today's the day - we're announcing our competition winners in just over three hours! And just before we get started we’re delighted to introduce our final incredible judge. With specialisms from across the corsetry, costuming, and sewing communities, our judging process has been designed to support all our entrants – no matter your technique or skill level.

Welcome Anna of Seattle Cosplay to the FR Competition 2024! Read more about her creative experience below:

"I am Anna He, I am Han Chinese American and my pronouns are she/her. I have extensive professional background in the fashion industry as a designer. I have a wide array of experience working with different materials, creating high-quality cosplays. You can find me in cosplay groups; judging contests; help younger sewists become more skilled and provide a career example to be in the fashion industries. I represent a diverse point of view into the culture of Cosplay, inclusive fitting for different body types and overall expertise into the world of costume construction."

You can find more of Anna's stunning work on Instagram and Facebook at Seattle Cosplay

*Meet The Judges*As we count down to this year's competition winners announcement TOMORROW, we’re delighted to introduce...
16/05/2024

*Meet The Judges*

As we count down to this year's competition winners announcement TOMORROW, we’re delighted to introduce our incredible judges! With specialisms from across the corsetry, costuming, and sewing communities, our judging process has been designed to support all our entrants – no matter your technique or skill level.

Welcome Gigi of La Bella Donna History and to the FR Competition 2024! Read more about her creative experience below:

"Gigi is an environmental scientist, sociologist, ethnographer, author, cohost of Costuming In Color YouTube show, and historical costumer who founded Costumers of Color 501(c)(3) nonprofit. She has been researching, interpreting, and writing about the lives of historical women since 2008. Gigi published a translation of Caterina Sforza’s Gli Experimenti in 2012 and travels to Italy yearly to conduct primary source research, participate in living history events, and lead groups of BIPOC and antiracists on historical costuming adventures.

“I’m excited to volunteer because I bring a different perspective to the table as a woman of color and as someone who studies medieval and renaissance clothing”.

Support Costumers of Color Instagram and YouTube and follow Gigi on her personal Instagram

16/05/2024

It's almost time...our FR Competition 2024 Winners will be announced in 24 hours! But that's not all we'll be sharing - tune in for a sneak peak at next year's competition theme.

Join us over on the FR Youtube tomorrow, at 6pm BST Friday 17th May! We'll be joined by our fabulous judges The Sewphisticate Erika A La Mode Cosplay Our Shield Maiden Brooklynne Michelle Couture Emiah

We're so excited to celebrate with all our fantastic finalists 🧵🧜🧚

Our team of competition judges are skilled makers in specialisms across the historical costuming, corsetry and cosplay c...
16/05/2024

Our team of competition judges are skilled makers in specialisms across the historical costuming, corsetry and cosplay communities – as we wait for this year's winners to be announced, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating their wonderful work!

Daniel of .see.1781 has shared more about his favourite piece below:

“My favorite project was a pair of handmade leather breeches. I sought to replicate a 1770s style of breeches made from bucked deerskin, which were omnipresent in 18th century society and were probably the *only* leather garment that a man or boy would wear (forget those mountain man furs! They were not a thing!). They occupied the same category as a modern day set heavy duty set of work pants, with 18th century elites wearing them as riding pants, while lower classes wore them as work pants. My pair took me over 80 work-hours to complete and was entirely handmade. But the work speaks for itself!”

You can see more of Daniel's incredible work on Instagram at .see.1781

*Talking Threads!*Binding is a skill that crops up in all kinds of garments, both historical and modern, and can create ...
15/05/2024

*Talking Threads!*

Binding is a skill that crops up in all kinds of garments, both historical and modern, and can create a beautifully polished look for your pieces. With corsets in particular, you’ll find you usually need to deal with at least 4 bias found ends, so today we’re sharing Ruth Watkin’s super simple tutorial to perfectly finish a bound edge.

Learn something new with this post? Hit the save button!

Tutorials for finishing a variety of bound seams can be found in the article “Tips for Neatness, Part 1 & 2” by Ruth Watkin, available now to Academy and Essentials members of Foundations Revealed.

Thinking of joining? Head to the link in our bio to learn more about our fabulous community!

Our team of competition judges are skilled makers in specialisms across the historical costuming, corsetry and cosplay c...
15/05/2024

Our team of competition judges are skilled makers in specialisms across the historical costuming, corsetry and cosplay communities – as we wait for this year's winners to be announced, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating their wonderful work!

Lowana of has shared more about her favourite piece below:

“My favourite project to date has been the 'Celeste' Gown. It was a turning point for me in integrating (hidden) corsetry into gowns and I'm just really pleased with how it all turned out (even though there's a few things I'd do differently next time). The gown has an inbuilt bobbinet corset (the lacing is hidden by a zipper panel), and there's a tiny bit of hip padding stitched in to help round out the hips. The outer fabric is a soft, glittery stretch fabric that was draped over the undercorset and then hand-stitched in place. The gown can be worn three ways: as a full length gown (pictured), as a just-below-the-knee length cocktail gown (the lower section of skirt is removable), or as a dramatic ball gown with an added overskirt. This gown took close to 200 hours to make.”

You can see more of Lowana's incredible work on Instagram, Facebook and online at

📸-Jovana Rikalo

As we wait with baited breath for this year's competition winners announcement, we're having a nosy into the sewing kits...
15/05/2024

As we wait with baited breath for this year's competition winners announcement, we're having a nosy into the sewing kits of our judging panel! Each judge has shared their five must-have pieces of kit as creatives from across the costuming, corsetry, and cosplay community. Daniel of .see.1781 has shared his essentials below:

"I really try to focus on “less is more”, I don’t think I even have more than a handful of sewing equipment pieces. Until very recently, most of my work was all handmade, and just bought a sewing machine in December of 2023.

But…If I had to list 5 pieces of equipment?

1) My set of sewing shears: I like to keep them SHARP! Clean cuts, no fuss.

2) Sharp, well made silk sewing needles: Investing in simple, and yet high quality needles is worth it. They glide in the material much better, and help maintain neat, clean seams.

3) Measuring tape: Only way you can get your own dimensions right, so that you make your 3D shape into a 2D material.

4) Tailors chalk: Can’t sew without being able to see, right? Plus, it goes away with a tap or some light water.

5) My little sewing bag: This one is a bit of an oddball. It really is not much to write home about it. Simply a rectangle of wool folded into an envelope. But it is the first project I every made, when I was just starting my journey into sewing, and thus, has a bit of sentimental value to it. "

Do you have any of these in your sewing kit? 🧵

*Meet The Judges*As we count down to this year's competition winners announcement on Friday, we’re delighted to introduc...
15/05/2024

*Meet The Judges*

As we count down to this year's competition winners announcement on Friday, we’re delighted to introduce our incredible judges! With specialisms from across the corsetry, costuming, and sewing communities, our judging process has been designed to support all our entrants – no matter your technique or skill level.

Welcome Alycia of to the FR Competition 2024! Read more about their creative experience below:

"I am a bespoke couturier that specialises in highly detailed craftsmanship.

My background started in art, so I have always been a tactile and creative person. Delicate textures, rich embellishments and sleek lines are signatures of mine. Through years of honing my craft I have had the opportunity hone my pattern cutting and draping skills, which has given me the ability to create vibrant and romantic pieces of wearable art for my clients.

I can’t wait to see what beautiful gems we see in this year. To see what stories they have created through fabric and what they have learned and overcome."

You can find more of Alycia’s beautiful work on Instagram and at their website

10/05/2024

And that's voting done for the FR Competition 2024!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted this year, and we're not done just yet - winners will be announced Friday 17th of May, 6:00 p.m. BST.

Don't forget, you can still browse and show your support to all our entrants at the link below. 🧵🧚

https://members.foundationsrevealed.com/entries-2024/

1 Hour To Go!Don't forget - time is running out to choose your winners! Voting closes TODAY 12pm BST, Friday 10th May an...
10/05/2024

1 Hour To Go!

Don't forget - time is running out to choose your winners! Voting closes TODAY 12pm BST, Friday 10th May and voting is open to all Free, Academy, and Essentials members of FR. Head to the link below to cast your vote!

We're so thrilled to introduce our Advance skill level finalists from this year's competition! You can find out more about their wonderful work by heading to the link below.

https://members.foundationsrevealed.com/entries-2024/

1. Golden Knight by
2. Silver Amazon by
3. Goddess of the Harvest by
4. An Umbrella in the Rain by Noelle Cremer
5. Queen of Autumn by .charliegrilhe

10 Hours To Go!We're so thrilled to introduce our Experienced skill level finalists from this year's competition! You ca...
10/05/2024

10 Hours To Go!

We're so thrilled to introduce our Experienced skill level finalists from this year's competition! You can find out more about their wonderful work by heading to the link below.

Don't forget - time is running out to choose your winners! Voting closes TODAY 12pm BST, Friday 10th May and voting is open to all Free, Academy, and Essentials members of FR. Head to the link below to cast your vote!

https://members.foundationsrevealed.com/entries-2024/

1. Princess Nebula by and
2. Childhood Dreams by
3. The Spring Gown by
4. Elloween by
5. Skogsra by

Voting Closes TOMORROW!We're so thrilled to introduce our Intermediate skill level finalists from this year's competitio...
09/05/2024

Voting Closes TOMORROW!

We're so thrilled to introduce our Intermediate skill level finalists from this year's competition! You can find out more about their wonderful work by heading to the link below.

Don't forget - time is running out to choose your winners! Voting closes TOMORROW 12pm BST Friday 10th May and voting is open to all Free, Academy, and Essentials members of FR. Head to the link below to cast your vote!

https://members.foundationsrevealed.com/entries-2024/

1. What Lies Below by
2. My Lady of Autumn by
3. Elanor Gardner Attire by Kara Marie
4. Tatiana - The Fairy Queen by
5. The Taste of Red by

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