How to choose a corset pattern size?

How to choose a 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

Enjoy the tutorial and make ALL the corsets!!!

Method is demonstrated on Overbust corset patterns IVY and TESA 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 Choose a Corset Pattern Size

Choosing Corset Pattern Size

Introduction into choosing a corset pattern size

All Aranea Black corset patterns come with short instructions. They hold basic pattern information including number of pieces, measuring, sizing, printing and pattern assembly instructions.

ALWAYS read the pattern instructions before trying to print out and/or use the corset pattern to minimize the chance of making mistakes and wasting paper.

Pattern used as an example is Overbust Corset Pattern IVY & TESA by AraneaBlack.

Difference between patterns with and without back-lacing gap

Some Aranea Black corset patterns have a 5cm or 2” back-lacing gap drafted into the pattern, while others don’t and are made to fit fully closed in the back.

It is written on the pattern, front page, if the pattern has the back lacing gap.

Also,it is required of you to subtract 5cm or 2” off all circumferences.

Warning that size chart measurements are for the corset not body

Size measurements chart has circumference values of the corset pattern so you know exactly what you’re working with.

This makes it very easy to apply grading between sizes and other adjustment methods for a better fit.

This also means that your measurements need to be prepared according to instructions, before you use them.

Importance of following measuring instructions when choosing a corset pattern size

To prepare your body measurements for choosing your corset pattern size, measure yourself according to the measurements instructions.

DON’T use measurements that are older than a month!

DON’T use measurements taken based on other instructions!

Example of calculating your measurements for corset pattern with back-lacing gap

Example for corset pattern with 5cm or 2” back-lacing gap (Overbust IVY).

Subtract 5cm from all body circumference
measurements.

Subtract another 5 to 10cm just from the
waist line for desired waist reduction.

BUST 92 – 5 = 87
UNDERBUST 80 – 5 = 75
WAIST 78 – 5 = 73 – 10 = 63
MIDDLE HIP 102 – 5 = 97

Apply BOLD results to the size chart!

Example of calculating your measurements for corset pattern WITHOUT back-lacing gap

Example for corset pattern WITHOUTback-lacing gap (Overbust TESA)

Subtract 5 to 10cm just from the waist line
for desired waist reduction.

BUST 92
UNDERBUST 80
WAIST 78 – 10 = 68
MIDDLE HIP 102

Apply BOLD results to the size chart!

More details and instructions on how to choose a corset pattern size

When your measurement falls between sizes, pick the larger size.

If your circumferences fall all around the size chart, it is best to grade between sizes and customize your pattern as much as possible before the mockup stage.

This way, there will be less to do during the fitting process.

For both, corset patterns with back-lacing gap and with out it, the process if the same for Imperial measurements as it is for Metric ones demonstrated in the last two steps.

Benefits of creating your own corsets

Remember, it is absolutely normal to have to adjust the pattern and fit the mockup as no one truly fits into any of the garment standard sizes.

This is the benefit of knowing how to make your own clothes.

It is a process longer than buying a finished garment in a store but it is absolutely worth it!

 

 

Happy sewing!!!