The Postman Brought Lace For Corset Making!

I ordered some pretty Victorian lace from EBay recently and today it all turned up in the post. It’s very fine but I’m hoping it’ll hold up as detailing on a corset I’m planning to make. There’s something really nice about authentic Victorian lace, whether it’s the quality of the craftsmanship or just ye olde worlde smell, I’m not sure but I may have over done it for one corset design! I just couldn’t resist adding this big floral design.

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The other pieces are a little more substantial with these trailing flowers looking like they’ll make the perfect eye catching detailing for either the bottom or top edging of a corset.

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I’m planning to make a corset in a light or nude shade and then just play with the placing before the binding goes on, see what looks most visually appealing. I may sew the outer panels together and leave the busk insertion till last incase I want to attach lace along the front closure. Then I can include the edge with the outer fabric and hand sew the rest  in place on the mannequin so I get the stretch and shaping right. I may try a few of these smaller flowers first as I’m actually new to lace application, although I’ve talked the method through with other corset makers. Time to apply all that gleaned corsetry knowledge!


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Rewriting the Corset Manual

Along with a complete re filming of the video course I’m overhauling the PDF books that go with. The Corset Manual being one of them.

My methods for corset making have changed over the past 5 years since I first made my Corsetry course. The updated video reflects this and is full of new techniques and tips for getting the most professional result.

The Corset Manual is currently being redesigned to reflect these new methods but I also want to add more. Rather than just covering the methods in the video and the best places to get Corsetry supplies (which is also getting an update), I want to add extra features to the information in the manual.

Like what?

You say.
Well how about instructions on how to quilt your back panel? And how to recreate the embroidered heart I have on my back panel; details of the stitches used and close up photos. Here are some of the images you can expect to see in the new corset manual…


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The New Express Corset Making Course – Coming Soon!

Poking fun at natural curves for 5 years now.

Sneak peek of the Corset Photo Shoot…

The videoing ended a few days ago with a session that finished at 3am. Then, having only had 5 hours sleep, horror of horrors I had to strut about in front of a camera! I needn’t have worried though, the pictures look stunning (thanks to the amazing lighting rig, camera and camera man… o and I highly recommend Garnier’s Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles roll on stuff which I think I literally covered my face in!). The shoot turned out to be almost 5 years after my very first shoot, which was summer 2009, so it looks like the rerecording of the Express Corset Making Course will literally be a 5 year anniversary update! So we recreated this picture from the first ever shoot, yes *blush* that is me with green hair *hides behind rock*. Once all the final images are selected and colour corrected I’ll do a big unveiling, so stay tuned. But for now heres the fun one (click it for a bigger version)…

Poking fun at natural curves for 5 years now.

Poking fun at natural curves for 5 years now.


When will the rerecorded Corset Making Course be ready?

As you’ve probably noticed, no we didn’t make Valentines Day unfortunately! Recording a professional level DVD takes a lot longer than I expected. I also wanted to include instructions on how to make a proper back panel as a bonus feature too…

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…So that took a lot of extra time, but I have all the raw footage now. It’s just a matter of piecing it all together. I have someone redesigning the artwork for the course and we’ve also just had our photo shoot as you know, plus theres the new pattern to add to the Pattern Compendium and some rewriting to do of the method in the Corset Manual (as I’ve changed the way I do things over the last 5 years). But it won’t  be long now. I’m estimating 2 weeks, so it’ll be a spring/Easter launch.

The new updated course will include pattern matching after all! Yes, add it to the list of reasons I over-ran on filming. I wanted to cram as much in as I could and pattern matching was a biggy on the list of tutorials I’ve been asked for over the years. As you can see here the pattern matching went very well indeed.

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What if I’ve bought the old version of the Corset Making Course?

Again if you’ve bought the current corset making course, anyone who has purchased since 1st of December 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 then 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 page and you automatically get the new one! There will also be an introductory offer for all previous customers, keep checking your emails!

So stay tuned for the photo shoot and updates on the release date.

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More corsetry fabrics for the hoard

I have some more juicy fabrics for the historic corsets I’m making this month. These are especially nice for the Elizabethan ones I’m designing currently. And I’ve managed to get some nice ‘off white’ lacing cord to go with.
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How To Make A Corset – Double Boning Channels

I received an email from one of my customers today who had recently bought my Express Corsetry Course, it was a more advanced question on the subject of how to make a corset, but a good one, so I thought I’d share it with you for the benefit of the slightly more experienced corsetiers out there:


Hi Scarlet,

I just read through your two books, and it is wonderful that you put all this information together for those who want to learn more about making corsets!  I have been making corsets for a while now (all self-taught), and I still learned a couple new techniques through your book.

However,  I have been searching for some time for more information on double boning corsets using two 1/4″ bones on either side of the seam WITHOUT sandwiching the boning channels between the shell and the lining, and also without using boning casing, which never seems to cooperate with me.  I usually use the seam allowance pocket to create channels for my boning, and I can’t seem to figure out how to use that method (or something like it) to achieve the double boning.

If you have any information you can share, or any other resources you can point me to that may help, I would be forever grateful!!!

Thank you so much for putting this wonderful corset making resource together for all those beginners out there!  You did a very good job with all your descriptions, so I hope you can help with my inquiry.

Thank you again,
-Danica McCracken


Hi Danica, I’m having a bit of trouble working out exactly what your asking (its a hard thing to describe, the different methods of bone insertion) so if I get it wrong email me back.

So you want to insert two 1/4 inch strips of boning without using just the outer & coutil lining fabric as casing but instead using the seam allowance.

To do this there are two methods; iron the seam allowance open on outer & lining fabric (rather than to the left or right), hand sew down the seam thus sewing together the outer & lining fabric. Now you’ll have two seam allowance flaps either side of the seam and you can sew down each side creating two boning channels each made up of a double layered pocket of seam allowance and outer/lining fabric.

If you don’t want your boning channels showing on the outside then iron your lining seam allowance and outer fabric seam allowance so they will sit on opposite sides of the seam when the corset is made up. Then sew the seam allowance together on each to make your two channels, when you make the corset up they will be sitting next to each other either side of the seam and you can slot your bones in before you bind the top edge.
- I hope that answers your question, let me know, & send me some nice piccys of your handy work! Scarlet


If you have any questions about corset making, boning, tight lacing or sewing you can email me at my personal email – [email protected]

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