As this is a pattern you may need to draft yourself, there are no seam allowances!
You can also find these instructions as a nifty little pdf on my blog.
Attention! Drafting and sewing a corset isn't easy, so I'm assuming you have somewhat solid sewing skills if you decide to tackle this.
Step 1: Pattern notes
I usually wear a european 38, but that doesn’t mean you can just use the same pattern, if you’re a size 38, too. That’s because a corset shouldn’t be made in regular sizes, but from your personal measurements to achieve the perfect fit.
The ones I used for the pattern are:
- Bust: 87cm
- Underbust: 77cm
- Waist: 65cm
- Hip: 90cm
So, if you have the exact same measurements (or VERY close to them), feel free to use the pattern as it is. If you don’t, however, you can still use my pattern as a guideline when drafting your own. I’ll be giving directions for the drafting part as well.
Step 2: Materials
• 50cm of an outer fabric (satin, jacquard, whatever you like)
• 50cm of an inner fabric (has to be rather strong, I used a denim weave)
• boning (Note: if you want a corset that will shape your silhouette, don’t use plastic boning. It will lose its shape eventually. I decided on spiral steel boning because it is the most comfortable to wear in my opinion. Decide for yourself. You’ll need the boning either cut to the right sizes - I used 8 ready cut pieces - or you have to cut it to the correct lenght yourself and then attach end caps. Also your choice.).
• 5m of corset lacing
• strong thread