OLD Corset Making Tutorials


 Click on the links below for easy corset making tips on how to make corsets.  The first lot are tutorials by Sew Curvy and tutorials that we have commissioned for this website.  Then there follows a Directory of Corset Making Tutorials which is full of links to other free corset making tutorials and information on the internet. Scroll right down and follow all the corset making goodness!

corset flossing sample

Corset Flossing Inspiration

Lots of information on corset flossing including a list of further resources and the best materials to use for the job.

rosiered bikini

Using knicker elastic

A few different uses for knicker elastic and how to manage it.

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Custom Dye your Corset Laces

How to dye your Sew Curvy laces to match your corset using Dylon dyes

Cutting spiral boning

How to use spiral boning

How to effortlessly deal with spiral wire boning.  It's easy peasy to cut when you know how.

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Trace and mark a corset pattern

Instructions on how to accurately trace and mark a corset pattern first onto paper in order to preserve your master pattern, and then onto fabric.

corset toile complete

Make and fit a corset mock up

Information on why and how to make a corset mock up before you start work on your final garment.  Includes essential fitting notes.

corset busk

How to insert the busk fastner into a corset

The busk is often what puts people off making a corset.  Find out how easy it is to insert a busk here.

sewing boning channels

 Sew neat boning channels with tape

People often wonder how to sew straight boning channels which look great on the outside of the corset.  Here's one easy way to ensure perfectly straight stitching.

How to bind a corset

 Bind a corset

How to give your corset a neat and professional finish with binding.

guide to making a corset

 A quick pictorial guide to building a corset

A very quick guide to corset construction from beginning to end.  You can see that it's not really a daunting project, all you need is patience.

understanding patterns

 Understanding corset patterns

It is easier to make corsets when you understand how they relate to the body.  Here is a little guide on which books you can read to find out further information, and why you should read them.

free corsetry tutorials from around the internet
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for more corset making information
The best online resource on the net (apart from this page ofcourse!)
The Merry Corsetiere - a live journal community which is not active anymore but which has the best archive of know how from today's best corset makers 'before they were famous'
using the folded seam method of corset construction, and incorporating turn of cloth with fashion fabric
by Sidney Eileen
blog post from 2010 by Katafalk
free article on Foundations Revealed - a good starting point
All about seams for corset making from Live Journal
This is a long one but it contains all the information.  
Read all the entries and all the comments.  I promise, you'll find some real gems!
A video demonstrating the use of Clover pressing bars!
this is from my 'memories' on Live Journal back in the day
A quick video overview by Prior Attire
A video overview of how to make a WW1 Edwardian corset including a quick way to create lapped seams for the corset.
This is a brilliant article by my friend and collegue Kate Moir of "Totally Waisted".  She is still the expert on how to make corsets appear to be totally balanced when infact they are totally different on each side.
This thread on live journal discusses raising the bust line for a larger bust.
This method works.  Try it.
This thread on live journal is packed with information on how to make gussets for the bust area on a fuller bust corset
If you want all of this information and more under one roof, then my e-book "Corset Making from beginner to intermediate" is the thing.  
Click here for more info and a preview.
Fan Lacing Tutorial from The Merry Corsetiere on Livejournal
Pattern Manipulation - How to re-pattern a corset pattern by Sparklewren on Livejournal
Related Tutorials
by Alison Campbell of Crikey Aphrodite
including chemise, drawers and crinoline cage
this is the sort of petticoat for a flat fronted skirt with bustle
this uses the Truly Victorian Pattern available on this site
This is a tutorial on how to make Truly Victorian patterns available on this site.
For the more adventurous there are some bizarre antique patterns on haabet - a Dutch site full of interesting bits and bobs
Sewing and craft related, relevant for corsetry
A great article with graphics by Threads Magazine
Another great tutorial from Threads, on the best and most effective ways to paint lace trim
so that you can colour co-ordinate your projects and let your imagination run completely wild!
Other relevent sites
Oxford Conference of Corsetry - Blog
We are slowly building a resource centre on the blog and have already uploaded articles on business, branding and design.  Conference attendees will have a separate area for classes which took place at the conference
If you want to come and learn in person there corsetry classes for beginners, intermediates and advanced, and also masterclasses specialising in honing specific corset making techniques.