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Corset Making Tips for Beginners

Created By:

Erica Bunker

Skill Level: Intermediate

This was my first ever corset and while making it, I learned some invaluable lessons that I want to share in case you are interested in making one for yourself. Just like with any part of sewing, everything you do is based on trial and error. Once you’ve walked through the process, you’ll learn where you need to make your own personal adjustments.

When making a corset, it’s extremely important to choose the right fabric and hardware. If you’re a novice at corset making, you want to select a fabric that is durable, yet easy to work with. Think along the lines of cotton, canvas, or brocade. I’d suggest heading to the upholstery department to choose a fabric. That’s the weight that you should be selecting.

 

Instructions

Cotton – As far as price and accessibility, cotton will probably be your best choice. It’s easy to work with, it takes pressing well and it’s breathable.

Cotton Canvas – Like cotton, it’s cheap and durable. It’s not the prettiest fabric, but if you’re making a corset for daily wearing like waist training, this fabric will get the job done.

Brocade – Now if you want fabric that’s sturdy and pretty, brocade fabrics will get the job done. This corset will be the star of the show.

The more difficult fabrics…

Satin – In general, satin fabric can be fiddly to work with. Unless it’s sewn perfectly, you’ll end up with rippling seams. But if this is how you’re envisioning your dream corset, make a muslin first and work out any fit issues. Because satin is unforgiving to picked seams. And splurge on the good, heavy satin… not the cheap costumey stuff that’s sold in the big box craft stores.

Leather – This will make a smoking hot corset! Hot in many ways. It’s a showstopper style and may also be hot to wear. Save this for the cooler season. And make sure you’ve researched the best way to sew with leather.

Mesh – This the fabric that you see in beautiful lingerie corsets and bustiers. If you’re unfamiliar with sewing and handling this type of fabric, you may want to ease yourself into it before attempting to sew a corset.

Always prewash or pretreat your fabric to prevent any shrinkage prior to cutting.

For your thread, use all-purpose high-quality thread such as Mettler or Gutermann.

Interfacing – When selecting interfacing for your corset, you can select anything from fusible to sew in. This is one of those things that come with trial and error. You must just play around with swatches and see what works best with your fabric selection.

Boning – Plastic bones vs steel bones, that’s the question. Plastic bones aren’t as comfortable or durable as steel bones. Plastic bones are easily accessible… you can basically find them in any craft store. But they’re not meant for long-term wear. They will bend out of shape eventually

Steel bones will not bend or break, not matter how tight you make your corset. And they are just a lot more comfortable to wear for a long period of time.

Busks – The first time I set out to make a corset, I had no clue about a busk. But Google is my friend! This is your closure on the front. These are metal and very sturdy.

Eyelets – You’ll also need metal eyelets and the tools needed to install them.

Awl – You’ll need an awl or some sort of hole punching tool to create your holes for your eyelets.

Bra Underwires – Not all corset patterns require these, but Vogue Pattern 1876, which I used does. You can purchase a set based on your cup size or you can recycle some from an old bra.

Lacing – You can use cording, corset lace or ribbon for your corset.

Make sure that you take accurate measurements and make a muslin prior to cutting out your good fabric. Happy Sewing!

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Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
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Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
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PJMNana
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!
KLWash
S9 Review
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The S9 is amazing. I learned to sew by hand when I was just 5 and in my grandmothers way as she was quilting. I took seeing classes in high school until they would no longer let me sign up. The S9 makes me appreciate my current skills as well as motivate me to want to learn more. This machine is awesome.
SewSueMe2002
Horizon Memory Craft 15000
Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is fantastic! I love, love, love this machine! When I came across the Eye for and Eye embroidery design today, I wanted to make it. However, the embroidery file is missing. Nothing downloads when I select the download button. Please help!
Jillfmischo
Treat Bag fun!
Monday, August 16, 2021

I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
elenaz
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.
plonkar
So useful
Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'd like to express my gratitude for teaching me this appliqué method. I successfully applied it with small letters, and, so far, it's the most effective among all the methods I've seen and tried.

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