How to add seam allowances to a corset pattern?

How to add seam allowances to a corset pattern?

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.

Seam allowances are extremely important for corsets that use them as their boning channels. If that is the case, your seam allowance width will be dictated by the width of your boning but more on that in a another, future, tutorial.

Just to warn everyone upfront, never make them smaller than 5mm or 1/4″. It will be too difficult to sew fabric pieces together with such tiny seam allowances. Instead, add 10mm or 3/8″ and trim it shorter later on if you need them tiny.

I will stop boring you with the rambles now. Lets add those seam allowances to a corset pattern!

Happy sewing!

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

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Aside from the instructional tutorial being available online, it can also be DOWNLOADED as a PDF file for offline viewing.

tutorial on how to add seam allowances to a corset pattern
Introduction of importance of adding seam allowances
Different sizes of seam allowances that can be used
drawing side seam allowances
Adding seam allowances on to edges together with reasons why we do it.
right angles drawn on edges
Finishing off seam allowance edges.
Seam allowances added to a corset pattern.