These are just a few basic guidelines to making a corset mock up. Some of these points are also extremely relevant for making up the real thing.
You will need:
- Plain 'scrap' fabric - a medium to heavy weight calico or plain cotton coutil is ideal.
- A marker pen
- A seam ripper
- Sharp Scissors
- Corset Boning
- Tapered Awl
Cut your fabric pattern* pieces according to the instructions given in the pattern. Look at hints and tips on how to do this HERE
After cutting and before taking the pattern paper off the fabric, number each side of each piece, 1,2,3,4 etc., for one side, and for the other side 1a, 2a, 3a, 4a etc. This way you wont get confused as to which side is which. Keep the piles separate and work on one side at a time. Organisation is KEY to corset making success. Trust me on this.
Mark up the balance points (notches etc.,) if your pattern has them and most importantly mark the waist line on all peices. NOTE: The waist is not always marked on the paper pattern - if this is the case, sew as per the instructions and mark the waist in later (see 'fitting' below).
It is a good idea to keep the marks on the outside of the toile so that when you eventually try it on, you can see what should be where and what isn't!
Sew the pieces of each side together according to the instructions aligning the waist markings - the finished article should show a nice straight line at the waist.
When both sides are sewn together, attach them together at the front.
There is no need to insert a busk if you are in a hurry, just sew the two centre front pieces together using the prescribed seam allowance, however, you will get a better result if you do include the busk. All components can be taken out of the toile and used for the proper corset.
Press the centre front seems out and sew down the outside edge of each seam in order to form a channel.