Corset making resources
Corset Making Tutorials
Different people make corsets differently.
Part of it can be placed under personal preference, part under historical correctness, a bit under style and material needs. All in all, there are options and you can explore your options and find those that suit you and your needs the best.
Some information resources listed on this page aren’t corset making tutorials, not really but every single one of them is a lovely source of valuable knowledge and knowledge is power.
I don’t think my English is good enough to truly convey to you how magnificent this blog was, and still is. While it was never made as a corset making tutorial, the way the author Jo makes and records every step of her corset making journey, simply has immense value to anyone and everyone looking to make corsets. Since the original idea was to create a corset based on every pattern in the “Corsets and Crinolines” book, she completed many different corset styles, from different periods, using different construction techniques.
Stays from 1780’s pattern (boned with reed) project takes the reader through a stays pattern on page 42 of “Corset and Crinolines”. Jo shows you how she made and fitted a mockup for the stays, presents a nifty idea on how to deal with jagged edges of eyelets and shares some of her problems encountered while working with reed.
Summer 1880’s Overbust Corset projects shows the creation, from start to finish, of an summer corset made using aida cloth based on the pattern found on page 81 of “Corsets and Crinolines”. Corset is made in the single layers construction (aida cloth) with single boned external boning channels (herringbone coutil) with partial cording details on bust pattern pieces. It is also boned with reed.
Satin “Ribbon” Underbust 1904 Corset project covers the making of a “ribbon” corset based on the pattern found on page 88 of “Corsets and Crinolines”. It is made in the combination of herringbone coutil and hot pink satin ribbon. As usual, project documentation covers all details of the process, from pattern resizing, mockup and fitting to finishing edges. Corset is boned using reinforced plastic boning.
Long line 1911 underbust corset project is part of a sew-along and is based on the pattern found on page 45 in “Corsets and Crinolines”. As usually, project covers all stages of creation, including material planing, pattern resizing, creation of the mockup and fitting, pattern adjustments as well as making of the finished corset including sewing on suspenders and flossing. Corset is fully boned with spring/flat steel.
Foundations Revealed (Online Magazine)
One, and only, online magazine (and community) dedicated to corsetry and lingerie making! In existence for over a decade, it is filled with stupendous amounts of useful information with many of their older articles now free to read for everyone.
You can browse through my personal favorites here but don’t forget to dig deeper through their archive for even more goodies.
Basic Flexible Busk Insertions by Laufa Loft. This article covers the very basic process of sewing in a very basic front busk clasp into a corset. If you’ve never done it, you can’t go wrong with this one.
How to Make a Corset by Jenny Hempshire is a great article in which the author demonstrates the full sewing construction for a single layer corset with external boning channels (handmade with a bias maker) in spot broche coutil. Bonus : Edges trimmed with faux leather tape.
How to Make a Latex Corset by Sannie van der Horst tackles the beast known as latex! Seriously, latex presents everything you don’t want in a corset but it can be done, it has been done, and you can do it too!
Pattern Matching for Corsets by Alexis Black demonstrates how to seamlessly match asymmetrical patterns on fashion fabrics, for corsets. She takes the reader, step by step, through a fiddly but marvelous process of aligning everything just right. You will need an ungodly amount of fabric but it will look jaw-dropping in the end!
Perfect Binding by Cathy Hay takes you through the wonderful, and often infuriating, journey of making bias binding edges pretty. Seriously, after this you will never ever and not even then have any problems with applying the bias tape. It will never scare you again.
Roll Pinning Techniques by Barbara Pesendorfer. This article features the most important skill any corsetmaker needs, to conquer any design including any kind of fashion fabric. Barbara is incredibly good at explaining this technique. It is very simple to follow even though some of the tools used aren’t the easiest to get.
Sewing with Leather (part 1) by Kelly Cercone shows her process tackling the project of creating a corset with genuine leather. Real leather poses challenges that are inherently different from working with fabric. Tackle your first leather corset with the help of this tutorial!
Strength Layer Fabric by Marianne Faulkner is a very useful article containing useful information and suggestion on searching for an alternative to coutil. Unfortunately, sometime coutil simply isn’t an option but that shouldn’t stop anyone from making a corset.
Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.
Supporting a Large Bust (part 1) by Isabelle Mekel illustrates the many challenges faced when creating corsets for a larger bust and explains how to approach them. It is a very good introduction to the topic of corseting big girl.
Wrinkle Free Gores and Gussets by Laura Loft takes a deep dive in sewing gores and gussets in this detailed, step by step, tutorial. Arm yourself with patience and join in the fun! You will open up many different options for corsetry by mastering these skills.
Sindey Eileen (Web page)
Sidney Eileen created a wonderful free corsetmaking resource by sharing her creative process and ideas with the world. Her page, and blog, hold a was collection of different corsetry information on pattern drafting and corset construction.
Most famous project must be her interpretation of a ribbon corset, both the way pattern is reverse engineered and the method of sewing a strong and long lasting corset, mostly made out of satin ribbons.
How to Make a Basic Two-Layer Coutil Corset is a detailed tutorial on making a corset with the “sandwich method”. Sure, boning it completely with flat steel boning is a bit of an overkill and there are easier options to strengthen the back lacing panel, the basic process of the corset assembly is on point.
How to Make a Basic Ribbon Corset tutorial covers everything! From the scalable pattern, over ribbon arrangement, busk insertion, finishing the back lacing and applying tape edges to finish off raw edges. Everything! Step by step, picture by picture.
This is THE tutorial if you ever wondered “How to make a ribbon corset”!
Sewing Basic Strapless “Renaissance” Stays with Modern Materials is a quick tutorial on how to create a very simple pair of stays, with front lacing and without shoulder straps. Stays are constructed in the “sandwich method”, using hemp canvas. Pattern is based on her own pattern drafting tutorials. It’s a fairly simple project.
Prior Attier (Youtube & Blog)
Rich resource on corset making as well as general historical sewing. Known for busting myths. on historical living and dressing, on the Prior Attire Youtube channel
Making External Boning Channels with Pressing Bars is a demonstration video on how to make and sew own your own boning channels by using heat resistant pressing bars.
Making Victorian Corset video shows the viewer how to sew a a corset using the single layer construction method with twill tape internal boning channels. Corset is finished with flossing added to bone ends.
Making WWI Corset (long line underbust) is a corset making tutorial on how to make a single layer corset from start to finish using the lapped seams to connect pattern pieces and twill tape as internal boning channels.
*No mockup, fitting or pattern alterations
Symington corset pattern 1907-07 experiment shows the challenges and solutions for using some of the Symington “patterns”. Blog post covers the process in it’s entirety, from the pattern resizing, over the mockup, fitting, pattern adjustments and the making of the corset itself.
Last but not least
A little bit of everything. Maybe some stand alone resources or simply a single corset related piece of content.
It doesn’t matter how and why, they are worthy of your attention.
18th Century Stays – Tutorial (Part 1/4) by Sanna K
Excellent step by step tutorial on making a partially boned pair of stays. It takes the reader through cutting patterns pieces in fabric, transferring ALL the bone channel lines to fabric, stitching ALL boning channel lines, clean up, bone insertion, preparation of tabs, adding shoulder straps, finishing seams, making hand-sewn eyelets, covering the insides with lining and finishing ALL edges using twill tape.
Start to finish, you get it ALL!
Corset Making by Lucy’s Corsetry is a big playlist on YouTube, containing 30 videos on different corset making techniques. Lucy goes over a bit of everything, including taking measurements, choosing strength fabric, making patterns, flat lining, roll-pinning, sewing it together, adding a waist tape, sewing the front busk in a few different styles and improving modesty panels.
If you can think of it, she probably talk about it!
Corsetmaking Part 4 : The Folded Seam Method Tutorial by Violet von Mickelsburg shows the basics of sewing a corset with floating lining. Seams are ironed to one side with seam allowance used as boning channels. To finish, corset is closed with a light fabric lining to hide all those messy guts!
How to Make and Fit a Corset Toile by Julia Bremble
Tutorial covers the importance of making a mockup/toile how to make it and, more importantly, how to fit it.
Don’t be silly by jumping on making the corset out of the fancy expensive fabric before you take that pattern for a spin around the block.
Ralph Pink Corsetry 101 videos take the viewer on a ride through his process of making a very interesting corset design. Playlist is fairly long but it is so much more than a corset making tutorial. Videos are packed full of very useful details and it feels like you are sitting right in his studio, being mentored.
Corset in question is a mix of stays and a modern corset bodysuit, with the option of adding hip padding for a more extreme silhouette. The pattern for the corset he is working on is available for purchase in his shop, if you are interested in trying it out though keep in mind that many of the technique he uses can be applied to many different corset patterns.
Step by Step Sewing on Reproduction Corset Ref 1 by Joelle (Atelier Sylphe Corseterie)
Super detailed sewing tutorial showing how to sew together the corset pattern Ref 1, based on the original antique corset. Every step of the process is documented and shown in a lot of photos. Great source of insight in how to sew a corset, that has both gores, gussets and a waist tape, using the welt-seam method.
How ti Make a Floating Corset Lining is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make and add a floating lining to your corset. A floating lining is very useful when we want to cover raw fabric edges or simply hide away the not so pretty corset guts. No matter the reason, it’s easy to learn how to do it!