Corset Training Posse

Do you have a corset training posse yet? Yes I’m serious, no I’m not pulling your leg :p

With the advent of the internet and the onset of You Tube our whole world has gotten a lot smaller, which is a bad thing if your my mum and still can’t write a facebook post without it magically appearing under the wrong photo, but a great thing if your a tight-lacer. You can now watch several corset trainers on You Tube and track their progress inch by inch. You can also learn how to make a corset, put on a corset and check out before and after pictures online. Fantastic! But some are going that step further and getting a tight-lacing community together as well as pairing up with waist training buddies the other side of the globe! If you think you’d like to get involved with the corseted community you could do worse than join the facebook group we have at you’ll make friends and get advice.

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Video Guide – Inserting Eyelets

Today my corsetry quick-guide videos continue, this time with a very quick demo of how hand held eyelet inserting tools work. They”re really simple to use wether you have a hand held tool or the little setting plates you use a hammer with; but still I casino online get asked about them by worried sounding newbies. So the best way to dispel the mystery is to show you what they are and how they work :) You”ll wonder what you were worried about!

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How To Make A Corset Particulars

Today I had some good questions on corset making from Niki
I recently bought your videos and I am wondering what sewing machine you are using?

Also, do you have lists of supplies needed for all of the patterns you include?  Like which require a busk, which use which kinds of bones and how many, which use strechier fabric, how much fabric is required for each, etc?

Thank you for your time.


Hi Niki, I’m using a singer curvy but its not as good as my nans older machine to be honest. Any decent home sewing machine would do fine. There is a list of the best places to buy supplies in the corset making manual ebook that came with the videos. The amount of material you need will depend on the size you are – when you scale up the pattern and have all your finished pieces you can lay them out and work out what length of material you could fit them on. For an underbust or a small overbust I can usually manage with half a meter. With a corset belt a quarter meter is sometimes enough but its best to lay out the pieces and work it out before buying. Don’t forget to leave room for seam allowance and don’t forget to buy both outer and lining fabric. As for stretch, always go for the less stretchy fabrics and always use coutil or similar non-stretch fabric for lining.

All the patterns can be made with or without a busk. To make a front closed corset (one without a busk at the front) you simply cut out the front two panels as one – so the patterns in the book show one side of panels that you would cut out twice, one lot for the left side one for the right. But instead of cutting two of the front panel you cut the front panel out ‘on the fold’ (you fold your material in half and place the front edge of the pattern piece on the fold line then cut out. So when you unfold the piece of material you have just cut out it is the shape of two of the front panels joined at the point where the busk would have gone. Then you just completely ignore the busk step. I hope that makes sense.
Which bones you use is completely down to preference; spiral is more comfortable, sprung steel gives a better line and more support or a mixture of both with the spiral at the sides for flexibility and sprung to front and back are all options to consider, none are wrong and all should look good and feel comfortable. For larger or ‘plus’ sizes choosing thicker sprung steel will give more support but it really is down to individual preference.
Let me know if you have any other questions, Kirsty

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Corset Making – Custom busk project of Matt’s

Matt in Australia is having a go at creating a custom clasped busk. A very interesting project indeed:


Hi Kirsty,
Although I dont go there as often as i should, your site is growing, but as usual, cant help add too much just y

et, I will update soon!

About to start a corset, and have a question… do you know, or can you give me a website to find out how to use the catches in pic:

I have 2 sizes of flat steel boning (13mm x 1.11mm, 15mm x 2.85mm) about to arrive from vena cava and will drill holes for rivets in the sprung steel boning and mount so rivets go through the boning. The boning will be weaker where the holes are drilled.

I am not sure which size boning to try first, the thicker and wider, or the thinner and narrower, dont know how much the bending motion at front over time will have an affect on metal fatigue. Do you think two strips of the 13 x 2.85 will be too stiff at front, as i think the 13 x 1.11 better if it is strong enough. I can coat bare metal where the holes are drilled by hand with tipping fluid, or something like it. Unless you can offer something easier or a better idea?



Hi Matt I’ve not worked with these clasps myself, where did you get them as I’d love to have a go? I found some pictures online of them on corsets if that helps:

I’d say use the widest bones you can, something in a similar thickness to that used in a regular busk. No need to go any stronger than that. Remember busks have their loops riveted on as well.
I hope that helps, let me know how it goes and where you got those lovely clasps! Kirsty

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Corset Training in SEW Magazine!

We’re in Sew magazine!

Very excited to get my new copy of SEW magazine today as they’ve featured the website in their 2 page spread ’10 ways to get stylish on a budget’ for my corset making course! I’m very excited to see one of my corsets in print :)

Here’s the bit on


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