So I’ve started re-filming the Express Corsetry Course finally. The original was filmed on a low budget so while it’s clear and easy to follow it’s not so pretty and not as polished as I would have liked. Have a look at why the new version is going to be beautiful and what to do if you just bought the current version.
The New Express Corset Making Course
So to up the quality of the recording I now have a professional camera and the use of this lovely light rigging.
And as you can see the image quality and color is going to be beautiful!
…and this time no orange nail varnish! Promise There will also be a bonus ‘mockup altering’ chapter at the end of the DVD and hopefully I will have time to cover pattern matching for your outer fabric. Plus the pattern I’m making in the video is new and will also be added to the corset pattern compendium. Here is a sneak peek of the fabric I’m using and the pattern.
But what if I’ve bought the old Corset Making Course!
So what if you’ve just bought the current corset making course? Or received it for Christmas? Well fear not, anyone who has purchased since December 1st gets a free download! I’ll do my best to email download links to everyone automatically, if I miss you or you bought a hard copy on Amazon then email me after release date with your purchase details. So, if you want to own both the original and new version of the course, buy now and get the new version automatically! No need to do anything other than buy the Express Corsetry Course in the normal way from the corsettraining.net/corset-making page and you automatically get the new one! There will also be an introductory offer for all previous customers.
So when will the new Corsetry Course be out?
So when is the release date? Well I don’t want to set an exact date incase it takes a few extra days, I don’t want to rush or compromise on quality. But I’m also not going to hang about! It will be out for Valentines day, hopefully a week before.
Stay tuned for progress updates and more sneak peeks!
So I’ve been away from the sewing machine for a while and upon my return I decided to make a corset in black with racy red stitching. I thought you’d want to see the new corset pattern so I took some piccys and filmed a quick video blog. It’s a single layer 24 inch corset belt with 22 bones plus 4 round the lacing and I’ll be selling it in my etsy shop to raise money for the camera I’ll need to record high quality video for future sewing videos (more on that soon). So here are the vid and pics of it with just the last of the binding to put on. Finished pics tomorrow! xxx
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As promised I managed to dig out some photos of the three dimensional method of pattern drafting (as apposed to the 2D flat pattern drafting method we were discussing yesterday). I’m lucky enough to have an old school dress form thats a great starting shape for corset training corsets. I took the pattern in a little at the waist but it already has an unnaturally small waist so it was a great find – it was discarded in my art studio at university if you can believe that! I gave it a a loving home and a new lease of life. Keep meaning to cover it but it’s quite nice rough.
Anyway, moving on from my deep personal relationship with my dress forms! The pictures are pretty self explanatory – I started by marking the front centre and back centre then proceeded to drape material where I wanted pattern pieces and draw on, cut and pin in place on the dress form one by one. I then added marks to the corset pattern where the pieces joined so I could line the pieces up correctly when I joined them together. You also want to number your pattern pieces before unpinning, then transfer to paper, simples!
If you don’t have a dress form but do have a corset that you like the shape of then try stuffing it so it holds it’s shape, then using this as your mannequin. So now you know how, you can get cracking and design your own corset!
Yesterday I thought I’d show you all how I fix up my edges, that is, how I draw the top and bottom edges of a corset pattern – via a video blog. (So if you didn’t catch that check it out in my previous blog post below.)
As promised here are the photos I took so you can get a closer look.
I masking taped the first pattern piece to my table then took each piece and, starting at the waist marks, I matched up the edges from the waist to the top and stuck down the pattern pieces one by one so I had the top edge all stuck down as it will look once the corset is sewn together. I could then redraw the top edge so it was one continuous flowing line. I then did the same for the bottom edge, matching the pieces up along the seams from waist to bottom and sticking them all down so I could redraw the bottom edge how I wanted it.
Here is the top edge stuck down before redrawing. As you can see it doesn’t match up correctly so we need to fix that!
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So I hope that helps all those learning how to make a corset pattern from scratch. I’ll share a photo tomorrow of the pattern drafted before I cut it out as I managed to remember to take one so come back and check that out or you can click the big twitter button on the right of the website to stay updated, or click - twitter.com/makeacorset if the button is too far away (well your cursor would have to go all the way over there —>)
When drafting corset patterns it can be difficult to get all the pieces to match up exactly. So if you’ve ventured into corset designing you may find todays video blog particularly useful…
Today I’ve been mostly drafting corset patterns!
Yes today and all of this week in fact, I have been very quiet because I’ve been locked away in the sewing room drafting new patterns in preparation for a new range of corset training corsets that I’ll finally be making to order. (It’s been a while!). As a result I’ve been naughty and not blogged for a while so today I got out the video camera so I could show you how I check my pattern pieces all fit together and how I get the top and bottom edges to flow nicely as one big sweeping curve.
A corset needs a beautiful top and bottom edge the way it needs a beautifully tapered waist, proper binding and steel boning. In other words a bad bust line can ruin a beautiful corset. So I thought I would share my method for making sure the edges of my corset flow smoothly.
Tomorrow I’ll do a write up with some pictures I took but for now heres the video…