Beginner Corset Tutorials

Beginner category holds basic methods for corset pattern adjustment. These corset tutorials are simple, easy, and perfectly applicable to any pattern but they also form a good foundation of pattern manipulation knowhow.

Start your journey here!

Printing corset patterns

How to print all of the wonderful and amazingly FREE corset patterns found right here on the Aranea Black page?
Easily, that’s how!

With all patterns tiled in to smaller pieces that perfectly fit A4 or Letter paper format, the printing process is nothing more than a few clicks away from becoming a beautiful work of wearable art!

Don’t forget to read carefully through the instructions that come with the pattern for the best experience! You will find out for to measure yourself, prepare the measurements and how to use them to choose the best size for your needs!

Choosing Corset Pattern Size

As usual, the process is very simple you just need to remember that some Aranea Black patterns have a 5cm or 2″ back-lacing gap drafted into the pattern. Some don’t.

You can find this information on the bottom of the front page of Instructions that come with every corset pattern. Also, keep in mind that we subract 5cm or 2″ from all circumference measures for patterns that are drafted to fit with the back lacing gap. This is not included with instructions for corset patterns made to fit with the center back closed.

Don’t forget that I have loads of different pattern manipulation tutorial! They are here to help you achieve a better fit for your unique self.
I highly recommend checking tutorials on Grading Between Sizes as well as Adjusting Corset Lengths

Grading sizes on a multi-sized pattern

How to grade sizes on a multi-sized corset pattern?

Just a few people fall into the proportions of any standard sizing because everyone is unique, not a statistical average.
By applying this grading tutorial, you can customize your pattern even before making a mockup, saving you time and money!

Changing length on a corset pattern

How to change length on a corset pattern?

AraneaBlack corset patterns have everything you need prepared for you!
With everything marked on the pattern including circumference lines as well as a guide on where to cut the pattern to lengthen or shorten the pattern to better suit the unique you that you are.

In this tutorial I cover the basic methods of manipulating patterns to do a bit of pre-fitting of your future corset. In other words, way we can save ourself from agonizing over the puzzling ill fit of our mockup and have more time for doing fun stuff!

Walking corset pattern seams

This is a basic pattern adjustment and manipulation technique you need to know to lift your corset making skills to the next level. Most corset pattern adjustments distort the seam shape and/or length thus creates a need for readjustment of seam lines. This process is also known as walking the seams.

In this tutorial, you will learn the basic principle of walking seams on a corset pattern. I placed special emphasis on the waist line because it is a corset pattern we’re talking about. Everything revolves around the corsets waist line!

Locating circumferences on a corset pattern

How to locate circumference lines on a corset pattern?

Ok, maybe you never really asked yourself that and you are majorly confused right now. Like, why would you want to do that?!

Simple. When you know where what is suppose to go on a corset pattern, you know a lot better how to fit it and adjust it to the unique you.
A problem arises when you don’t draft your own corset patterns because the large majority of commercial patterns don’t have most of their circumferences marked on them. This is great for the pattern brand but sucks for you. Therefor, this tutorial.

Adding seam allowances to corset patterns

Knowing how to prepare your pattern for sewing is massively important! Seam allowances are one of the important preparation steps that makes it possible to even sew together a corset. No seam allowances means no sewing for you, at least not with woven materials.

To start, you will learn the most basic way of adding seam allowances to a pattern. While there are more advanced methods, there is no need to use them on most hobbyist project. Also, it is best to start learning small and simple.

When working with corset patterns, keep in mind that some commercial patterns have seam allowances added to them already so carefully read the pattern instructions before fiddling with it.

How wide should corset seam allowances be?

So, how wide should they be?

We start by learning how to add seam allowances. Doesn’t have to be fancy, basics are always a good start so check out tutorial “How to Add Seam Allowances to a Corset Pattern”!

Now that you know how to add them, let’s build on that knowledge!

This tutorial focuses on three key parts of a corset and will teach you how to refine your choices and corsetry skills. When you work with, instead against, the special needs of certain corset parts, you instantly make them prettier!

Seam allowances width for boning

Since I’ve covered adding seam allowances for 3 key parts of the corset in the tutorial “How wide should corset seam allowances be?” , you know that seam allowance width greatly depends on the width of the boning used in the corset. There is the answer! You start with the boning!

This tutorial focused on calculating the seam allowance width specifically for welt seam as boning channels methods of corset construction.
Check out the “Welt Seam Method Strength Layer with Floating Lining” tutorial for more info.

When you know how the finished boning channel should look like, what parts it will have, how it will be made and what boning will you use, this becomes only a mater of adding up all of the values.

Adding a Front Modesty Placket

While there are at least 3 different on how to do it, you will learn the easiest by following this tutorial.

Before you bust out your pen and paper, you should probably know what a front modesty placket is and what it does. To make it real simple, it adds an extra finish to your corsets by covering the little gap between the two side of the front busk. You can bone the Modesty Placket for the extra oomph. Or you can leave it just as is, a small piece of extra fabric.

With the Front Modesty Placket, your corset will look more uniform as it conceals the skin/garment under the corset. It also prevent the busk from accidentally pinching your tummy. Doesn’t happen often but when it does, it ain’t pleasant so go the extra mile and make your corset FABULOUS!

Turning overbust to underbust

This is a very easy thing to do when you have an overbust corset pattern that fits you well. It is a simple mater of chopping it in the right place!

This beginner corset tutorial will show you where that right place is as well as how to use it to your advantage.

You can change your favorite overbust corset pattern into a short and versatile underbust not matter the shape.

Start sewing your new corset NOW!

Shortening corset pattern bottom edge

With this tutorial you can tackle that corset pattern that you absolutely love but would like to spice things up a bit.

Shortening and reshaping the bottom edge of a corset pattern can open up many design opportunities. It will also make your corset a bit more comfortable to sit in for long periods of time!

Combine this with this tutorial on transforming an overbust into an underbust, to create a completely different corset, using the same pattern as your starting point!

No more excuses! Start your corset making journey now!

Adding more boning channels to corset patterns

There are a couple of reasons why you want to add extra bones on top of the usual, one (or two) per seam line.

Larger sizes in general but also large breast sizes specifically benefit drastically from additional support boning provides. This is because more bone have an easier time handling the gravities pull on flesh.

More bones also make a corset more comfortable and smoother, even though it feels counter intuitive, since more bones share the force applied to the garment from pulling in the waist making. Tightlacing corsets benefit from more bones because of this reason.

In the end, you might just like the look of it and strategically place boning channel lines all over the corset to enhance your dream design!