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Topic: DIY Custom Fit Corset Pattern & Link to Tutorial - UPDATED: Part 2 Added!  (Read 32171 times)
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« on: October 09, 2009 07:33:40 AM »

I wanted to make my own corset and I found Roethke's tute here that was fantastic! I also found a booklet online about custom fitting a corset to your body shape. Since I have a long torso... this was useful. Really useful! So I drafted my own custom pattern using both of these things and thought I'd share how I did it. (UPDATE: Here is the finished corset!)

Like I said, I used two other sources to make my own mash-up tutorial, and I reference them repeatedly, so don't think I made this up all by my lonesome. Wink Roethke did a fantastic job on her tutorial so mad props to her and her awesome corsets! And Cathy Hay is a mastermind at fitting corsets, so mad props to her as well for sharing her booklet on corsetry. Links to both of these can be found in the tutorial, which is on my blog. I could copy and paste it here but - OMG that would take forever! And it took a long time to write the thing one time around.

Ok, here's a pic of what the FINISHED pattern will look like for your custom fit corset.

And here's a link to the tutorial.
DIY Custom Fit Corset Tutorial

Part 2, Constructing Your Corset
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2009 10:42:51 AM »

Awesome... I did the same thing when I was making my first underbust corset... mashed up tutorials for several different source too get a theory for my very large squishy Latin frame. Great post!

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2009 11:06:12 AM »

I want to make a corset.  I really, really want to.  But I am so scared.

I just keep watching threads like this, looking for other people's finished products, trying to psyche myself up for it.

Also, your blog is awesome, and I have bookmarked it.

« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2009 11:42:05 AM »

Thanks for the corset tutorial link. I too want to make a corset, but wasn't sure where to start. Plus, I have been intimidated by the simply gorgeous and professional looking corsets around here from people who were making them for the first time (my first time projects never look that good). Nevertheless, thanks for putting all of this info together. Smiley

« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2009 12:24:14 PM »

trypgirl - thanks!

VintageGeek - Its SO easy. I thought it was hard too until I did this. The boning is a little awkward, but there are ways of making that easier on yourself. Check out how Roethke puts her boning in, its easier than the way I'm going to do mine in the next part of the tute. I'm cutting long thin strips of plastic and making pockets out of bias tape for them to sit in. She cuts larger pieces of plastic and cuts them to fit the actual pieces of the corset, so there is no pocket making.

amalgam - Thanks! It really is easy Cheesy I'll try to get the second half up soon!

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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2009 12:25:21 PM »

i read thru your tute, that looks really great, and thanks for referencing the other resources you pulled from.  i cant wait to try it!
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2009 02:18:47 PM »

This is awesome! I've been wanting to attempt a corset recently, but I wasn't sure how to go about it. Your tutorial is so easy to follow. Next time I hit the fabric store, I'll be in corset mode.
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2009 03:32:33 PM »

Awesome tutorial. I used the same sort of process of mashing up tutorials for my first corset... I think I'm going to add your tut to my methods for my second one that I'll be making soonish. Awesome job, very clearly articulated!

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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2009 03:20:13 PM »

Thank you for sharing this. Although I'm not currently planning to make a corset, I look forward to seeing the second part of your tutorial to see how you do it--maybe next year, who knows!

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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2009 09:27:42 AM »

Part 2, the construction, is up! Sorry it took so long, life got in the way! Wink

I'm almost finished with another corset in twill, rather than muslin, so I'll post pics of that when its done.

I hope to see some other peoples' corsets soon too!!


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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2009 11:54:27 AM »

Good job, it looks like it fits really well. I also like the other items that you've paired it with on the mannequin.

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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2009 12:09:43 PM »

This looks great. I want to make my own corset one day, but I'm still hesitating. Mostly because I have never worked with boning, and I don't even understand what the "casing" is (not native speaker). I have to study this more thoroughly. I was planning to do the corset from Natron & Soda, but I think they are not going into the boning at all.
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2009 01:35:01 PM »

Elphelba - Thanks! Its part of my steampunk costume. Wink

dawgmind  - Thanks! You should try, its actually really easy! Casing is just what the boning comes in. Its like a flat tube of fabric that holds the boning. Since boning is flat plastic (or steel or whatever else) it needs something you can sew through to attach it to your fabric. You can use the casing it comes with, buy your own, make your own or use bias tape or even ribbon. Its intimidating, but take this as an inspiration to try, the corset in this tute was the first one I ever made. Cheesy

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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2009 09:54:01 AM »

This is awesome! You explain things really well. Now I want to make one again and I can't until school is out in December!
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2010 02:13:39 PM »

I just read the original thread..but had come to the conclusion that it was more for the wee woman/menfolk. As a 40/36/40 gal.. that ain't me! Thanks for the adjustable tut!

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