How to add a back lacing gap?

How to ADD a back lacing gap?

It is simple really. All you need is a pattern that doesn’t already have it, a pen, a ruler and some tape!

Before you learn how to draft in a back lacing gap to your corset pattern, I want you to know why you’d want to do it.

There are people that prefer the back lacing gap as it allows them more flexibility when wearing their corset. They have the control over how much or how little they can lace in that day. Others really love the way it looks. It doesn’t matter why you’d might want to add it. Point it to know how to do it, if you ever need it!

This tutorial demonstrates adding a 5cm or 2″ wide back lacing gap. It is a very usual back gap width but they can very in size. With that said, don’t make it too large as that will place a lot of uneven pressure of laces on your back tissue. It can get uncomfortable, especially without a back modesty panel.

Hope you will find this method helpful and happy sewing!

Method is demonstrated on Underbust corset pattern ANNA though the same principle can be applied to any other corset patterns.

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Tutorial on how to add a back lacing gap to a corset pattern

Maybe you don’t want it but you might need it one day.

How not to add a back lacing gap

Some corset patterns have a back lacing gap drafted in them. Some don’t.

Some people like it when a corset is made to fit with a back lacing gap. Some don’t.

Thing is, when you learn how to draft a back lacing gap all on your own, you don’t depend on the preferences of other people.

This tutorial will demonstrate how to ADD a back lacing gap without potentially creating more problems along the way.

Explanation of the back lacing gap

Start by reading the information in the pattern envelope or instructions.

Find out if the pattern is made to fit with a back lacing gap.

If there is no mention of a back lacing gap,it is very likely it wasn’t make to have it.

In the case that the pattern doesn’t come with any kind of information about it, you have to do detective work and consider the style, period and it’s proportions.

Make a mockup /toile and see what happens.

Why it's a bad idea to remove the width from just one pattern piece

Back lacing gap can’t be drafted into the pattern by simply chopping off 1/2 of the lacing gap width from the center back pattern piece!

On smaller sizes we definitely run the risk of removing so much pattern piece width, it’s difficult if not impossible to properly make the back lacing gap “system”.

We NEED to have enough space to fit a pair of flat steel bones that sandwich the grommets.

On what pattern pieces to spread the back lacing gap width

Safer adjustment to the pattern is to spread the 1/2 of the back gap with over 2 or more pattern pieces.

It is best to keep the gap drafting limited to pattern pieces from the Center Back to the side seam so we don’t distort the positions of seam lines, especially on overbust corset styles.

How to spread the back lacing gap width

To demonstrate, I will use 5cm or 2” back  lacing gap. 1/2 of that is 2.5cm or 1”.

Pattern ANNA has many narrow pattern  pieces so I’ll spread the gap width over 3 pattern pieces.

Preparing the pattern pieces for changes

Draw a straight line parallel to Back seam or on a right angle to the waist line.

Try to position this line around the middle of pattern pieces.

Applying the changes to the corset pattern pieces

Measure the divided gap widths from the newly drawn line and draw a new one parallel to it.

Cut all pattern pieces on the new line.

Finishing touches for the corset pattern changes

Overlap pattern pieces until the cut line touches the drawn line.

Tape together on both sides.

Reshape the edges.

Difference between the original size of pattern pieces and the altered version

Congratulations !Your corset now has a back lacing gap of 5cm or 2” drafted!

This method can be used on most corset patterns.

Happy sewing!!!