Step 2: Materials

Note: Some of this information is re-posted from my Steampunk Corset instructable. If you want
a long winded overview of the many materials options available for corset making I recommend
giving it a look over here.

PART 1: Fabric

Coutil Fabric ~ (1) Yard: This is the structural layer of your corset. If your corset
were a house this layer would be the foundation. It must be very strong and have
minimal elasticity. This is the most important component in a corset! Coutil and is
the only thing you should use for any corset you want to last more than a few hours.
If you insist on using another fabric, make sure it has the qualities I mentioned above
and a very tight (preferably herringbone) weave. Figure 2-1

Fashion Fabric ~ (1) Yard: This is the outer layer of the corset and exists for solely cosmetic
purposes. I selected a charcoal gray suiting material Figure 2-2.

Lining Fabric ~ (1) yard: The purpose of this layer is to make the corset looks nice on the inside
and to add a small degree of additional comfort. Any lining material will do so long as it is sturdy
and does not stretch. I used a sport lining that is supposed to transfer sweat to the surface
faster Figure 2-3.

PART 2: Bones (Figures 2-4 & 2-5)

I will be using combination of spring steel and spiral steel for my corset. You'll need to
measure your completed pattern to know what lengths to purchase. Bones come in pre-cut
and continuous lengths. If you buy continuous lengths you will need a bone cutting tool and a
way to tip the sharp edges.

Spring Steel (white steel): This should be used in the front and back of the corset, over the
abdomen and the spine respectively. Spring steel has only one degree of flexibility so it's
perfect for maintaining the vertical lines around the busk and lining up the grommets. Also,
since it can't flex to the sides, it will more evenly distribute pressure along its length than
other boning types. The absence of this quality would make the corset both uncomfortable
and quite possibly a health risk.

Spiral Steel: This should be used for all the bones between the spring steel ones above. Spiral
steel has two degrees of flexibility and can thus more elegantly and comfortably conform to
one's contours while maintaining the strength, elasticity and durability of spring steel.

PART 3: Closure (Figure 2-4)

I will be using a spring steel five hook busk. The busk is a steel hook and loop mechanism
placed at the front of the corset that permits the corset to be put on and taken off with relative
ease. I will be using a straight busk in this instructable (a.k.a standard busk).

PART 4: Thread (Figure 2-6)

Any thread will do so long as it is strong and feeds well through your sewing machine. For this
instructable I will be using Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP for the internal (hidden) stitches and
Gütermann Sew-All thread for the external (visible) ones.

PART 5: Grommets

I recommend size 00 (pronounced: double aught) two-piece grommets. I
required 46 black grommets for my corset.

very nice
Bugger it ! Im making it anyway...even if i cant wear it to work :D
I make corsets and underbust corsets....and I am in love with this one! absolutely stunning!!! Thank you.
You did such an amazing job on this and your ible. Beautiful!
Where do you get coutil?? I understood that the only factory making it in the US burned down some 5 years ago and now it's as rare as hen's teeth.
I have successfully used mattress ticking ordered from Denver Mattress company. They actually have some beautiful patterns and it takes dye beautifully if you are so inclined.
I will have to try that. Thanks for the tip.
It is hard to find. I purchased two rolls a couple years ago and have hardly made a dent in it. I found a coutil substitute for $8 / yard at www.voguefabricsstore.com. They have everything else you would need too.
You are my hero!!!! love corset instructables, keep them coming!!!!
so so pretty! Love it <br>
Beautiful piece of work, both the piece and the Instructable. Well done !
Love it!!!
This is absolutely gorgeous! I have one in this style but not as good looking as yours.
Amazing construction skills! This is a really awesome and versatile piece!
Gorgeous!!!! Voted!
I would not have expected a corset to ever be appropriate for business, yet here we are. Nice work.
<p>This was a great pattern to use as a base. I appreciate the work and effort that went into making it. I had to heavily adjust it for my body shape but it gave me a great foundation to work from. In the future, if I was to make this again, I would use steel boning instead since the featherweight boning was not enough for me. Great work!</p>
<p>Just out of curiousity what size does this run? Just so I can figure out if I need to alter this or not. Thanks~ Great tutorial!</p>
I saw a corset like this years ago and have never been able to find a good pattern. Thank you for this. I will probably make it this week, sans boning as I need to go get that soon.
i can`t see the pattern! why??
THis is great I don't think I have the sewing skills for this yet but hopefully soon I'll give it a shot thanks
hermoso simplemente hermoso
So in other words does 'business professional' translate to 'as much curves visible as possible' to women?
I make small pattern weights out of stacks of 20cent peices (australian ones, cuz that's what I have... whatever coin is low denomination, and about an inch and a half/3cm across works) so they have a nice flat bottom :) <br> <br>sand in an empty tealight shell is also good :)
Thank you so much for your instructions and pattern, I used it to make this corset for my sister! http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/corset-underbust-high-back?image=264736
That is amazing. I enjoyed your other projects as well. Thank you for sharing here. It makes me want to make more instructables. <br> <br>
Thank you for these great patterns!! I have made one from this and one from one of your other turorials - I've included a pic of both! <br>The instructions are clear and precise but I must emphasize the need to make a muslin version before cutting out the actual pieces - there is just so much variety in sizes and shapes and checking the fit makes for a much better fitting corset.
Thanks for sharing your completed work. They look awesome! <br> <br>I agree totally about the muslin (though I must admit that I often neglect to do in my desire to arrive at a finished product).
I can definitely see this with a business jacket over it. And if you sit at a computer all day, the back support would be fabulous. An over bust corset might be better for someone in a more &quot;modest&quot; workplace. I love the shoulder straps because then you wouldn't keep feeling like it might slide down and look strange. I definitely want to make this one! I have been looking for a corset pattern with shoulder straps. Thanks for sharing this!!!!!!!!!
I so love corsets but I have a sit down desk job...nothing but ouch.....stays and boning and a sit down job don't mix .... any suggestions
A custom fit seems to make all the difference. You should not be able to feel the boning if a well made corset. <br><br>Off the shelf corsets are generally made to an unrealistic ideal miss size chart whereas most woman are one size at the bust area and another at the waist and hips. This causes the pressure of the corset to be distributed unevenly which can lead to considerable discomfort after a short time. In contrast, a bespoke corset can generally be worn for up to 8 hours and remain relatively comfortable.
Definitely custom fit is important! I wear corsets that I make myself rather than wear one that is ready made. I am way smaller on top than on bottom and my waist is short. So a ready made one would be too big on top or too small on the bottom and the bones would cut into my waist because they would be too long for my short waist. I make mine long line also because I need to accentuate the small bosom and cover the belly roll. Most ready made corsets emphasize the belly roll because they stop too short. But if the bones are in the wrong place in a long corset, they will definitely cut into your waist. Custom made corsets are very expensive but worth it if you want one to support a tired back!<br>
I would actually BUY one of these from you! It looks absolutely amazing!
I got coutil from www.tutu.com. Runs about $9.80 per yard. (under fabrics/lining) They also sell steel boning at good prices. A little old fashioned site, but service has been friendly.
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That's great! Thanks for helping my project reach a wider audience.
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Wooooooow!!!! I am a corset collector, i take pride in each and every one of them and none are business appropriate, I would loooove if you could make one more of them for me :) Jenna Mitrovic
While this may be a very nice piece of clothing. I really can't see wearing it in any type of business setting that isn't in retail slanted towards the &quot;adult trade&quot;, or as a musician, or some other independent type of work. What is your reasoning behind being able to wear this item that is obviously accentuating the model's ample bosom?
I created this corset as my entry into a fashion design contest. Perhaps you have seen a fashion show on TV at some point and said to yourself &ldquo;I would never wear that&rdquo; when you saw a particular model strutting down the runway. The point is to be inventive and bring something new to the table. Corsets are a growing fashion trend and mine was an attempt to merge a corset with a woman&rsquo;s business vests (Google the term and you will immediately see what I mean). So please try to look at it through that lens. <br><br>Whether it is suitable for your work environment is up to you and I am certainly making no statement about how woman should dress. Some work environments, particularly more liberal locations such as here in Las Vegas, permit woman to deviate to some degree from what would traditionally be considered business attire. Fashion is something that is constantly evolving; around 50 years ago, it would have been frowned upon for a woman to wear pants to work. <br><br>I am not sure I answered your question. It seems you are asking me to make an argument defining what women should be allowed to wear to work, not going to, sorry. <br>
Please forgive me if I came off rude or brash. That's really not my intention.<br>I am basically saying I would never want my boss looking at me in any sexual way, and this piece just might do that. It is an excellent piece of work. You obviously have very exacting sewing skills. Knowing you live in Las Vegas says a lot about the leniency in dress code. I live in the Midwest. While not prudish, I definitely can say that if I saw this item on a coworker, I would assuredly not be the only one wondering why this person thought it was an appropriate piece to wear to work.<br>Now, if you were to wear it in just about any other setting, and could take the interested looks you may receive from others, then go ahead and flaunt the goods.
Now I want to see the &quot;business environment appropriate&quot; bikini.
Beautiful work ! But, are you really going to send your wife to work in this??? You have to be the most secure, trusting husband (or fool) in the world! Way, way, waaaaaay too sexy for the work environment, unless she works at a strip club. Even worn over a shirt, it's tooo HOT! I want to order three for the ladies in our office!
I can't help wondering just what sort of &quot;business&quot; she's in...
Agreed. This is a fantastic project with a very cool outcome, but that wouldn't really fly anywhere I've worked.
Certainly wouldn't fly if I were wearing it, but it looks kinda nice on the mannequin.<br>
You'd be Mr Mashed Potato Head! :-O)
Well said.
wow! what a great 'ible! <br> <br>I'd be a bit worried if my boss/colleague/worker came in wearing *that*! But great for a &quot;special night in&quot;! <br> <br>Brilliant work, this is a show piece example of a great 'ible - thanks for sharing!
so, the outer fabric is folded over the coutil to hold the busk? so, it'd have to be a pretty strong fabric... or, what? the lining... in the text... um, do you have the pictures out of order?

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