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How To Make A Corset

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Hey! In honor of Valentine's Day, we're going to mention the unmentionables! We're here to show you how to make a corset. It's pretty easy and it looks hot. Yup, you will love it! For more tutorials and tips, check out threadbanger.com. Also, don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes!

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Step 1: Corset Pattern

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1. Check out our blog for detailed instructions on how to make your own corset pattern. Once you have your pattern made, decide what fabric you want to use for the liner and outer shell. Take your pattern, lay it on your fabric and carefully pin it down.

Step 2: Cut out the pattern

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2. Now, cut it out an inch outside the pattern for seam allowance. If you need to, trace around the pattern with a fabric crayon where you need to cut it so you know exactly where to sew.

Step 3: Making the liner

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3. Flip the fabric over and cut out another panel. Then repeat for the liner pieces.

Step 4: Sewing the liners

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4. Next take out one outer piece and one liner piece, place them right sides together and pin. Sew a seam following the pattern line you traced, but leave a gap so you can turn it inside out.

Step 5: Sew the seam

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5. Now fold in the gap seam and sew it closed while sewing a top seam around the entire panel.

Step 6: Measure the holes for eyelets

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6. Take a ruler, place it about an inch in from the front seam and line your eyelets up along the ruler every inch on the inch. Make sure they straight and use a fabric pencil to mark where they go.

Step 7: Cut holes

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7. Now cut holes for every mark you made, but don't cut them too big. Next, insert an eyelet into the hole from the right to wrong side. Place the right side over the anvil and insert the tool over the eyelet, then hammer gently.

Step 8: Repeat

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8. Repeats those steps for the rest of the holes. Then repeat on the other panel.

Step 9: Connect the panels

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9. Place the panels right side together and sew a seam to connect them.

Step 10: Congrats! You're done!

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10. Now get a long piece of ribbon, lace up your corset and put it on!
MakeACorset2 years ago
I agree, a corset should have at least 4 panels either side with boning running down the seams to give a beautiful curved figure. It should also be lined with strong cotton. This is a nice little corset style top but not designed to have any tension put on it.

I learned how to make a corset years ago, I always recommend a great website called CorsetTraining.net for newbies, it has a video course on how to make a corsetand an excellent blog.
ladymo0se2 years ago
This isn't a corset. If anything, call this a corset top, lest the unwitting do it yourselfers gets all excited and then disappointed when their new "corset" doesn't hold up. :) A real corset is much more fitted and has boning of some sort to keep its shape. This is just going to crumple, crease, and smoosh the body in unflattering ways. Also, just a handy tip, NEVER cut holes for eyelets that are meant to take any sort of strain. The cut threads pull out easily and you'll loose your eyelets. You want to use an awl or other pointy object to pull the fibers apart and create the hole. Also on that note, single piece eyelets are a NO NO! Two piece grommets/washers are what you want! They hold tight and won't rip out under strain like the single piece ones will!
T_T i want to make a pattern.. but.. the link is broken.. for how to make a pattern.. what do i do?
http://www.elizabethancostume.net/custompat/index.html

just put in your measurements and it will take you step by step
0jack3 years ago
Sadly, your link is broken!
cecilgrass3 years ago
Great post, very nice. I've seen some great corset top prom dresses at http://www.promgirl.net that were really affordable (for those of use like myself who can't make anything).
gnossos5 years ago
Lovin the grunge corset. Found it while trying to find patterns to make something similar to this.

Any ideas?
blondie9525 years ago
You need more panels otherwise it won't be fitted, you should also insert boning. I've made two corsets, both would collapse without the panels and boning.
SWV17876 years ago
I love how my girlfriend looks in the one corset she owns but I might have to try and make one for her to wear for the Michigan Renaissances Festival. Great Instructable, very detailed on how to take the measurements, I like that.
LOVE the Renaissances Festivals! I go every year here in Az! Awesome!
*shudder* *twitch* Not anything like a real corset. CUTTING HOLES FOR THE GROMMETS???
one glance at the pic...it favorited LOL.....thank you .....it looks awesome..i wanna try
skyesidhe6 years ago
very nice! Have you thought about putting in some stiffer fabric/one or two bones next to the eyelets to keep it from puckering? There's so many places to go from here, and as a nice bustier/corset for all occations: over dresses, bodices, slinky undies (though I don't know if I'd go for brown plaid for slinkie undies! :) )..really great basic piece!
Granny_Leah6 years ago
Well, Mr. Rig It;
I'm sure she left the tank top on because she didn't want to show on the internet. ... insert tongue-sticking-out smilie here... Passing the tutorial on to my DD.
Natty_3126 years ago
I love this and I'm inspired to try this myself. Thanks!!
pocketlama6 years ago
Thanks for this one. I'm a guy who wants a corset but is crushed by the expense is made by someone else. These look perfect for me. ;-)