How To Make Corsets
If you’re new to corsetry it can look pretty daunting from the outside but learning to make corsets is just a process of developing certain specialised sewing skills, just like learning to make any garment. The key is finding the right information to help you develop those skills. So fear not if you’re completely new to making corsets, we were all there once. Just concentrate on building up your knowledge.
This collection of tutorials is designed to teach you the basics of how to make a corset, basic construction to finishing touches. If you’ve already made a corset or two it should help you level up your corset making skills by hopefully adding to the sewing techniques you’re learnt so far. It’s a work in progress so not everything will be covered to begin with and any suggestion or additions are very welcome.😊
Corset Making Articles:
This is the articles list, here you can learn how to make corsets at your own speed. Order-wise I’ve started the list with the most useful to corsetry beginners. There’s also a brief introduction to making other undergarments (alongside links to articles on how to make underwear of different types) on the How To: Underwear Wiki page so check that out too if you’re looking to create your corset as part of a set.
A complete run through of all the equipment and specialised materials (including fabrics) you’ll need to know about to create a corset for yourself. Some you will have heard of but you need to know how to use all of them to make a corset. Don’t worry though if you’re completely new to this, it’s all explained in plain English with pictures.
Do you know the difference between your steels? Where to use spiral steels to add ease of movement or decoration? Which parts of the corset really need the more rigid flat or sprung steel bones? And while we’re looking into the two different types of corset steels, we’ll also learn about the perils of plastic boning vs steel boning and how bone placement is affected by your choices.
When you’re starting out it can be difficult to find good places to shop for all the corsetry supplies you need. Here I’ve put together a list of all the corset making suppliers I know of online. You should have no problem acquiring the stuff you need to make a corset after going through this list and doing a bit of digital window shopping at the various sites. So check out this article for your online corsetry shopping guide.
Alongside your corset supplies you’re going to need to get yourself a corset sewing pattern or two. The above article covers the various places online you can get your corset making bits, which includes the sewing patterns themselves. This page however, is dedicated to my own designs. Here you’ll find a link to my free corset pattern to make it easier for you to get started if you’re making a corset on a budget (see also the free pattern download button in the section above) as well as a pattern offer I’ve put together to make progressing your skills a little bit cheaper.