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icon-smBarbara explains ways of creating a push-up overbust corset, including important parameters that influence the position of the bust and how to modify them.

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I have two issues on my desk - how to alter a corset to avoid a "fleshy bulg" at the lower edge due to pressing softer tissue downwards and how to make a lift.
The second problem is hereby solved and am very happy for the info given in this article.
Just recently I got some patterns from a company called Bra-Makers Supply and when checking their website there were many foam cups to pick from. Guess there are many more companies like this one.
The address: http://www.bramakerssupply.com


Thank you for that link, Magnus!
Looks like an excellent source for readymade push-up pads.

Fantastic article! I find busts are always the trickist part of any corset so this is really good info, looking forward to applying some of the principals to my next corset!
I'm glad you enjoyed the article, Lisa.
Good luck with your next corset! :)

Wonderful explanation of the bust seams! Thanks!
This is exactly what I needed!!
I've been experimenting with a half finished corset that was rushed for an event, but never finished because the bust just looked truly horrible. I just couldn't get the push-up effect quite right no matter what I seemed to do.
I did add bust pads, but now I know where I was going wrong with them too!

Now I look forward to finishing off this hopefully no longer frustrating corset.

Very useful!!

I also add that, in my opinion, a straight bustline is better than, say, a sweetheart or a plunge for a very little bust: I don't know if it's just me, but I find that a curvy line can distract and make it harder to notice those two little mounds over there :-)

I'm trying to make a push up corset for my sister (she's THIN! her measures are: 76-70-76) and this article is just what I needed!

Thank you!!!
This is a very thorny issue demystified. Thank you SO MUCH for a great article.
Loved and Needed this article. I was really interested in the removable padding which helps quite a bit in mastectomy or partial mastectomy remedies. Wasn't quite sure how to go about it. Thank you.
Great article!!! Just the information I was about to go searching for smile
Many thanks to Barbara Pesendorfer!!! lol

Love the article. Fitting the bust is my biggest issue. I have high hopes that your article will help me overcome this hurdle.
Is the pattern used for the first 2 mock-ups a custom draft or a purchased pattern? If it is a purchased pattern, what is it/where can it be purchased? I'm looking for a good overbust corset pattern and I really like the lines of this one.
Thank you!

I LOVE how concise and easy to read/follow this article is - it communicates very effectively the processes without being overwhelmingly explanatory. Thanks! (Also, your silhouettes and style lines are beautiful.)
Merci Barbara!

Bel article , intéressant et très bien présentésmile

I found this article very useful but would like some expansion on raising the nipple point..I understand the concept, but what is the acutal drafting process? The diagram looks as if the curve was shifted, but I am not sure..
Hi there Misette,
I've managed to get in touch with the author and she's sent this reponse which should (hopefully) answer your query...

'Yes, the entire bust curve has to be shifted upwards, so the nipple point ends up in the new higher position.
I hope that makes sense and helps understanding the process a little better!'


i really need to know how to make this pattern, please someone. thank you so much!
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I adore this website and I am a newcomer. I was wondering where I can find a pattern like yours on this website. I made several corsets before but none that achieved this particular hourglass figure. Please help! I have a deadline for this corset.
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