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There's nothing like a corset to give you that perfect hourglass figure, whether you've got it or not!  This instructable shows you the construction of a basic boned corset from start to finish.  I will not go into detail about pattern making, but have provided a few resources for you to make/purchase your own. 

Please note this is not a proper historical corset, but more of a simplified boned bodice.  It does not have all of the finishing touches that professional corset makers would use, but it is perfect for a big night out, as a piece for a costume, or as a base for an evening dress.  Happy sewing!
 
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Step 1: What You Need

For this corset you will need:

Materials:
- Outer fabric of your choice (not too delicate or your bones will pop out, I used raw silk)
- Lining fabric, ideally coutil (cotton specifically for corsets), but any strong non-stretch woven cotton fabric will do.
- Interfacing
- Spiral/steel boning, 20 for this corset
- Eyelets
- Lacing

Tools:
- Eyelet Tool/Hammer
- Sewing Machine (obviously!)
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Fabric/leather punch (optional)
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TANZMEISTER2 years ago
You can also get some fantastic results with fiberglass (sail battons).

I've recently replaced the battens in my mainsail and I can't help thinking they'd be slightly too big for this application. ;-)

I hear that materials come in different sizes these days. Maybe consider smaller battens such as Bainbridge 5/8" Wide Non-Tapered Batten Stock, 0.118" Thickness. You will likely find that they work better than ones designed for a main sail.

PaulGC6 months ago

Love your Corset design - I would love to be able to get a similar pattern to make some - I have only made the one so far and loved the process and end result.

ben2go3 years ago
That is a nice corset.Looks like a real high end pro made one.I want to learn the art or corset making.Is it bad that I am a straight man and I like to design and make ladies clothing?
PaulGC ben2go6 months ago

You go for it Ben, Stitching needs more visible men!

right there with ya bro I've bend designing basic women's cloths for years and just recently decided to start in things of a more intimate nature.
elyador ben2go3 years ago
No. It's awesome. Break the stereotype.
ben2go elyador3 years ago
Thank you all for the kind words and support.

Natalina,I have subscribed to you.Please teach us more.
Natalina (author)  ben2go3 years ago
I agree! Women's clothing is awesome, and some of the biggest fashion houses are run by straight men- no shame in that! Thanks for the subscribe!
ben2go Natalina3 years ago
Thanks and you're welcome.
yarnlab ben2go3 years ago
I think it's awesome! Go ben2go!
no, it means you are appreciative!
and I am sure any woman would love homemade lingerie as a present!
dsdragonspawn7 months ago

I found if you use hobby quality brass strips for the boning it works just as well as steel but slightest bit more flex to it

Hello, um, i'm considering using this patter in the very near future for a cosplay. But for reference, how would i insert the modesty panel? also, i'm not very good at sewing, i can barely sew straight... anyway i'm sure i can get plenty of help for this. This looks like a very easy thing to do, the tutorial is brilliant and it'll save me a lot of money from buying corsets,and all i'll have to splurge on is shipping. Anyway, thanks for this beautiful tutorial, once again, i'll def try this out

That would depend on the kind of modesty panel you are after. Most are just a seemed strip of fabric [on a 32inch corset, you're looking about 6 inches] that just sit where the lacing is. However, there are fittings you put on it so you don't' have to worry too much about adjusting the modesty panel when you do the corset up. The common fastening, is the hook and eye.

EvilDefman1 year ago
One word: GORGEOUS!
can you design and post instructions for a style that just comes up under the breasts instead of covering them, and thus has no shoulder straps? I want one that holds me in and my boobs up but that I can wear pasties with. thx.
That's called an Underbust corset. This is an overbust corset.
really pretty I just need the figure to pull it off :)
lgamer2 years ago
This entire tutorial was wonderful! After seeing $495.00 corsets at the Ren Faire, there's no need to spend that much on one item when you can make a few for the same price! The sewing instructions are easy enough for a beginner sewer (with some local help LOL) and your descriptions of the boning, making the bone channels and fabrics was great, no wonder you're a "pro"!
corset-story.com has some good ones for good prices.
Natalina (author)  lgamer2 years ago
Thanks lgamer! Happy sewing!
Have to say that this is the easiest explanation of corsetmaking I have ever seen...I have bookmarked it in my browser so I can access it again and again...can't wait to try it for myself...I need a little slimmerizer, so I think I'll do one with a little more boning, but can't wait...I'm going shopping...lol!
Luziviech2 years ago
Better, if you don't sew together all parts of outer and inner fabric, but sew the relating inner and outer parts with a hand-needle while bending the outer parts over the inner parts, say, you stress the outer parts to keep the corset's visible fabric from crinkling.
Que lindoooooooo! Eu quero fazer!!! ;D
sbright23 years ago
Hello,
How long do you think it would take a beginner to make a corset?????
I need one for Halloween, and the ones online will not ship to my house on time.
Natalina (author)  sbright23 years ago
Hmm, hard to say. The pattern is probably the most time consuming step to get right. Once you have a pattern, it takes me about 4-6 hours without any setbacks. But you can also cut corners and not have a lining, just enclose the bones in the seam allowance. I've definitely done that for costumes, just make sure you still interface the area where the eyelets go!
nsmith13 years ago
Where on earth do you get your metal boning?
Natalina (author)  nsmith13 years ago
See step 3!
rorofex3 years ago
it looks difficult to do?
efarrow3 years ago
Hey! I love this tutorial, and I plan on making a one as soon as I can, but I was wondering, How much does the front of the corset hold it's shape when taken off/put on? I want to sew on an EL design but it can't bend much at all.
Natalina (author)  efarrow3 years ago
Thanks efarrow!

The front of a corset will hold it's shape pretty well. It will conform to your shape to some extent, but as they were designed to "shape" you, what you sew is what you get for the most part. That is why I really recommend trying a sample first to make sure the fit is what you are going for, since once all the bones are in, it aint changing much! Hope that helps...
topisco3 years ago
it's wonderful so easy
Lovely craftwork , a beautifully done piece of work.
Are there any instructions anywhere on lacing and tying one ?
marcocen3 years ago
impressive 'able, very well documented, easy to follow and the final product is very professional looking.
And if I may say so: Your'e stunning, lady.
Carleyy3 years ago
I love it! This instructable is awesome and really informative!! I'm going to make one.
frollard3 years ago
+a billion!
Stunning!

I've tried and tried to understand from many ibles how to get all the steps right and this one comes closest to understandability. Most all suffer from the logical "this is a somewhat advanced topic, so we're going to assume you know how to sew and all the terminology involved". I can sew, heck, I can even thread a serger, but when it comes to 'what layer goes where, and when to use what stitch for what seam(s) it gets out of hand quickly...

Particularly difficult is getting the darn thing to lay flat, even when ironing - it's a compound curve, designed specifically NOT to lay flat after you've sewn it ;)

It's tricky but you've pulled it off wonderfully! One day I shall get this project done! One day!
"Pro" sewers use a pressing ham as part of their ironing arsenal. It's the only way to get a really nice press on curves. (of course, you must also clip/trim the seam allowances appropriately)

Small ones are available at any sewing supplies store for under $10
Example, tho I don't shop here unless I have to,
http://www.joann.com/joann/search/searchall.jsp?keyword=ham&catPath=All%20Products////Product%20Home////UserSearch1=ham&_requestid=3317389
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