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The home sewer's approach to leather corsetmaking, one part professional technique, one part broke college student ingenuity.
Many corsetieres would have you believe that a "real" corset is only made from coutil. However, other fabrics can be used, if they pass a series of tests.
Simple underbust corsets are a staple for corset wearers and makers. Here are the patternmaking tools and techniques to get you started right. (Updated 6/21/12 with clarified drafting instructions)
Guiding you through the process of designing and creating your own maternity corset from the Victorian era.
How to make your own personalised custom corset pattern, based on corset designs of the late 1870s... this might just be the best corset pattern you'll ever use.
Laura tackles the single most pressing frustration that FR readers tell us they face: just how do you fit a corset properly?
Kim discusses the Welt Seam or Folded Seam method of corset construction, which is quick, precise, and produces a very durable corset.
In this free article, professional corsetmaker and owner of Sparklewren Bespoke Corsetry gives us a solid foundation overview of how to make a corset.
What makes a corset, a corset? Jenni shares her basic six rules of "good" contemporary Victorian corsetry.
Addressing issues on the positioning of boning channels, discussing the reasons for boning a corset, and providing ideas for experimentation.
Lots of people have asked how to get perfectly straight and even boning channels. Here are a few tips and tricks that'll help you tame unruly stitching.
What are the correct tools for corsetry, when some swear by tools that others avoid? I'll share what's in my toolbox, what has been relegated to the scrapheap, and why.
A tricky skill to master: Laura details a few techniques on how to do it right first time, every time - and how to keep your stitching straight.
Many makers find inserting gores and gussets tricky. Two easy step-by-step techniques that will insert them neatly, producing a nice crisp V shape at the bottom.
Laura shares her step by step corset construction worksheets for making a two layer corset with and without a waist tape. Never miss a step again!
Laura shares her foolproof system for preventing wasted time and effort with some simple organizational tools.
Professional corsetmaker Alexis Black shows you how to lay out and pattern match a corset made from asymmetrical printed fabric, with stunning results.
Step by step to creating simple and complex flossing designs: different threads to use, the right needles, basic stitches and making your own decorative, yet functional, flossing designs.
Mark shows you how to adapt the basic "darted cup" bra pattern into three further styles, including a strapless bra shape.
Part 3 of our bra pattern drafting/making series. You have taken measurements and drafted a pattern - now break out the sewing kit!