Fashion Corset Sewing for the Novice
November 3, 2013 10:54 AM Subscribe
So, I was gifted some fabulous fabric, enough for a fabulous fashion corset. Never made one, thus I am looking for suggestions for good patterns, excellent kits, books and other resources. I am a reasonably skilled intermediate sewist, with a good machine, near some excellent local shops. I fully intend to practice on less-loved fabric first.
I'm not looking for period accuracy or significant waist reduction, but I am looking to make something more corsetlike than a lightly-boned princess bodice. More steampunk outerwear than Victoria Secret underwear. Most likely I'll pick an underbust as it's intended as an over-my-clothes fashion thing.
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Additional details about my sewing skills: I've been making functional, wearable garments and costumes for over ten years. My fit and alteration skills are fair, but they've been steadily improving this year when I've started learning how to pattern from existing clothes. I hate working from vintage patterns because I am accustomed to modern instructions and modern cutlines and modern tailor marks. I am a little intimidated by this project, but I don't think it's entirely beyond me. I am more than willing to spend decent money on necessary tools.
My sewing machine: a late 1960's Singer. It has a good selection of stitches but I have only a couple of feet for it (a standard foot, a walking foot, a blind hem foot and a standard--not invisible--zipper foot). I've got a tailor's ham, but no other pressing tools.
My experience with corsets generally: I have custom-fitted corsets from Stormy Leather and Dark Garden, as well as a couple steel-boned off-the-racks from various storefronts. I have a non-custom-sized cincher from Silks and Velvets and a fashion corset from Dolce & Gabbana. I'm not interested in ripping any of them apart in order to better understand how they are made, but I do have them onhand as references while I'm working.