Ribbon Underbust Corset ROSE
Ribbon underbust corset ROSE is a multi sized completely free corset pattern created for your amusement and creativity!
While you can already download a lot of free underbust patterns, a ribbon corset is special because it uses very unconventional material for their construction. Literally ribbons!
Rose is made out of 10 pattern pieces in total plus the optional suspendable modesty panel. Pattern is also separated into two size nests because of the unique pattern cut.
Pattern Difficulty : Intermediate ●●●●○○
Style : Modern Edwardian
This pattern is a modernized version of an Edwardian ribbon corset. Pattern pieces are drafted in such a way that it makes it easy to make a boned mockup and use it to fit the pattern to it’s future wearer. It can also be used with a wire variety of different ribbon widths as the ribbon pieces aren’t premade. Yes, this requires more work but the pattern does include a simple tutorial for this process.
This pattern is made to fit with a 5cm or 2″ back lacing gap.
You can make and sell as many corsets as you like, by using this pattern.
Measurements and sizes
Pattern is originally drafted using Metric values!
Imperial values have been converted and rounded up, making the values in Inches approximations.
Measurement shown in the size charts are values for the finished corset not body measurements!
All circumference heights are clearly marked on all pattern pieces making it easier for you to adjust.
Always sew a mockup/toile/sloper to test out the pattern fit and to further adjust it to your needs.
Mockups for corsets should be made and bones as similarly to the finished corset as possible.
Good mock up fabrics include upholstery calico, upholstery twill, tarp, artisan canvas, ticking and coutil.If steel boning or specialized corset plastic boning isn’t an option, heavy duty zip ties are a great substitute. Read more about different corset parts and how they work in my Corset Parts 101!
For easier use, as well as re-usability, back lacing strips can be made and sewn on to corset mock ups. It creates a very sturdy back lacing while saving grommets. To make your own, check out my tutorial!
A reusable front closure strip can be made in a similar manner, be it for busk, zipper, swing hook or lacing closure.
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How was the sample of Ribbon Underbust Corset ROSE made?
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For the sample ribbon corset, I’ve used 5cm wide black satin ribbon, black small weave herringbone coutil and a YKK metal zipper (appropriate for using in corsets). Naturally, corset is boned with 5mm flat/spring and spiral steel boning. Back lacing system is made using 1cm wide teal satin ribbon and 4mm (internal diameter) silver PRYM eyelets with washer.
Construction of the ribbon corset is a bit different compared to most other corset construction methods. Side pattern pieces are made out of two layers of strength fabric. In between curvy pattern pieces are made out of one layer of ribbon strips. Strips are sewn between the two strength fabric layers, to finish it all off, and give the corset a uniformed look, strength fabric is covered by strips of ribbon. Makes it look nice and creates an easy edge finish.
Be warned. I swear so if that bothers your, I’d recommend avoiding all of my YouTube content.
My initial plan was to make another faux ribbon corset, just as I have many years ago. But newer. Better.
That plan didn’t work out too well due to the adjustments made to the original pattern. I have graded between sizes to a point that it became very difficult to sew precisely together.
Good thing, I didn’t have to change my project drastically to save it. Only difference was removing a coutil layer under horizontal ribbons. With this, my faux ribbon corset transformed into just a ribbon corset. And it worked out great!
You can see my whole process in my YouTube series where I go over all of my ups and downs. Every project starts with choosing and adjusting the pattern. That progresses into making boned corset mockups and the fitting process, more pattern changes and every part of making the finished corset. I show it ALL. Even parts that didn’t go so well for me because humans don’t learn only from successes.Mistakes are just as valuable.
Also, while it’s nice to witness perfection… it’s a lie. Just like cake.
P.S. Be warned. I swear so if that bothers your, I’d recommend avoiding all of my YouTube content. You won’t have fun.
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If you are interested in a visual tutorial on making a modernized ribbon corset, check out this “How to Make a Basic Ribbon Corset” tutorial by Sidney Eileene.
Also, if you would like to learn more on how to turn a “regular” vertical seamed corset into a ribbon version of it, read my “Pattern Transformation” tutorial!
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