Mandy Barrington, Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design, has published a ground breaking new pattern drafting system for Focal Press, which was released on 16th December.

Stays and Corsets: Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body, goes a step beyond traditional historical costuming texts by not only providing you with historical pattern diagrams and information, but by showing you how to adapt these patterns to the contemporary body shape.

Using her original pattern-drafting system, author Mandy Barrington will show you how to draft a historical pattern for a modern body shape, while still retaining an accurate historical silhouette.

Each pattern has been generated from an original stay, corset, or pattern taken from a historical garment and date from 1735 to 1890. The instructions to follow these new patterns are designed to accommodate any size of female figure, allowing you to avoid extremely difficult, time consuming, and inaccurate historical pattern re-sizing.

Requiring only basic prior knowledge of pattern drafting, all calculations have been worked out for the costume maker and are provided in simple tables accompanied by easy-to-read, step-by-step diagrams that clearly show how the historical pattern is plotted onto the female basic block, coupled with photographs of the constructed stays and corsets.

Stays and Corsets: Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body can be purchased now on Amazon.