So earlier I went through the virtues of learning how to make a corset yourself, rather than paying for someone else to do it for you. We all know that if your going to corset train seriously, then at some point your going to need to start buying custom designed corsets. This can get very pricey!
So to help you decide whether corset making is for you or not I’ve written a full length article on where to get hold of your corset making supplies – make a corset – suppliers list. This is a complete list of all the online sources I know of to buy corsetry supplies, along with details of what each one sells/has on offer and whether I have personally bought from them or not.
What I suggest you do is take a look around these sites and get a feel for whats on offer, what everything costs and possibly invest in a book on how to make a corset (there are several on – Amazon. There is a previous article I wrote that you might find helpful for familiarising yourself with the components of a corset – Getting Acquainted With Corset Making Materials, Equipment and Free Corset Patterns. This one goes through some of the major parts of a corset training corset and the tools for working with them as well as how these tools work. So if your not not sure what an awl is, or how spiral steel boning is different from sprung steel, this article will set your straight. There’s also some very useful and detailed information on free corset patterns – you’ll come across a lot of them online, especially if you google corset patterns for free or something similar. If you don’t want to waste a lot of time on duff and badly made corset patterns then make sure you read this information. Don’t get me wrong, some of them are ok, but a lot of them are difficult to use or of questionable quality. You don’t need extra complications when your starting out in corsetry.
Well, thats the best advice I can give to anyone still sitting on the fence! Besides saying that if you’re still not sure after checking out the above resources then borrow a sewing machine, buy a few supplies and give it a go. You don’t need to get all the tools and buy mounds of fabric – an underbust is easily made from half a meter of stiff upholstery fabric and eyelet packs are cheap and come with little setting tools (not great for long term use but fine for testing out corset making as a hobby). Try it out on the cheap and see if its for you, if you get a taste for it you’ll be amazed how much fun you can have coming up with your own corset designs and playing with complimentary fabrics. 🙂