Introduction: Quick and Dirty Duct-Tape Corset.

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Have parties to attend this weekend for Halloween, but still don't have a costume? Rocky Horror Picture Show in town? Never fear! With the quick and dirty duct-tape corset, you can have a cheap, easy costume in less than an hour.

Granted, this won't hold up for more than about a half-dozen wearings, but I think it is a great option if you's rather not invest in a 'real' corset, as they can easily cost hundreds of dollars.

Go grab some tape and let's get started!

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

3 rolls of duct tape in any color of your choosing (two for the body, one for finishing/details)


A shirt you don't mind be ruined

A friend (optional)

Step 2: Step One

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Put on the t-shirt that you don't mind losing and a bra (don't worry, if you're careful we won't lose that.) Preferably the fit is snug, with little loose fabric-- if there is extra fabric, make a fold and pin it toward the inside, so that the outside is as smooth as possible.

Step 3: Step Two

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Wrap yourself with tape. Having an assistant will make this much easier, but I did it alone. Wrap tightly, but not to the point that it is uncomfortable (remember, you'll have to stick a pair of scissors under it.

More importantly, try to keep the tape even and smooth. You can wrap either horizontally (alone) or lay strips vertically, which looks nicer but is impossible to accomplish without help. wrap as high, or a few inches higher and lower than you intend to wear it. (This way you can make a decorative edge if you so desire.)

Step 4: Step Three

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Very carefully, cut the corset off. Top down is easier if you're alone, while bottom up is often easier for a friend. Make sure to avoid cutting any undergarments (or yourself!) Trim off a half inch to an inch on either side, following the curve of the garment so it cinches in when you tie it.

Step 5: Step Four

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Lay the corset out and layer vertical strips of duct tape over the 'body' you just made, this is will smooth out any rumples and make it look nice. :) Fold strips of tape in  half to cover your edges.

I would suggest an additional three layers of tape, but if you're in a rush one will suffice.

Step 6: Step Five

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From here the possibilities are quite endless. It can be overbust or underbust (just cut it to your desired height.) you can use tape to put a design on it, or cut it again to allow more lacing. Folding tape along the edges in a contrasting color to finish it looks neat.

When you have it the way you want it, take a hole-punch (or a nail) and put an even number of holes in the front (5-10 per side.) Lace it up and you're ready to go! (Well, you my want to find something to wear with it, first.)


MichaelJ77 (author)2015-09-28

So Iwas thinking about your tention issue and Ithink I have your solution. I even signed up just to chime in. Do your one or two base wraps with your duct tape. Once you have that done measure horizontally from edge to edge of where you cut. I think duct tape is 2 inches wide so cut a sturdy fabric 4 inches wide and 4 inches longer than your measurements. Fold it in half and sew to add strength. Then fold 2 inches on each side and sew for even more strength. Now alternate between one strip duct tape and one strip fabric up until you get to your bust. Add the final layer of duct tape marking the fabric locations. Now you can do a top fabric if you wish. Go an inch into where your fabric strips are and put in metal eyelets. Now instead of pulling on the duct tape it will be pulling on the reinfor fabric.

autonomousart (author)2010-12-06

Really cute idea!! It's really important to remember that this is not a real corset. It does not have real boning, and attempting to lace this tightly will cause severe circulation problems and won't deliver the desired effect anyway... Decorative only, as it were--But in no way does that detract from how cool this is! :D

Hell, if you wanted to go all out on this idea you could pick up corset boning off the internet or from your local sewing store, but I'd still recommend adding a lining fabric because they're rough metal or plastic and would probably hurt your skin.

Thanks for the great project!

Meg323 (author)autonomousart2015-07-02

Actually, if you have a lot of fat you could pull it quite tight but it definetly can't be used for waist training.

Hapless (author)autonomousart2010-12-13

I agree that it isn't 'real' in a foundation garment sense. (As far as circulation problems go, however, I imagine you'd tear up the garment before you would do any lasting damage to yourself. )

--but I really don't think tape would ever be a good idea if you wanted to tightlace or wear daily (even with boning) as tape tends to stretch out and get gummy around the laces and edges when stressed too far. (plus, it doesn't breathe like fabric!)

I think this is best used for costuming applications (parties, low budget theatre, etc) as it works well at holding flouncy shirts/skirts down. Or even to make a pattern for a fabric corset (it would be custom, easy to cut up, and the pieces would hold their shape unlike paper patterns.)

Thank you for the disclaimer autonomousart!

autonomousart (author)Hapless2010-12-13

No problem, i wasn't aware that the tape deteriorates over time. Suppose i'll just keep this cutie limited to rocky horror myself! :)

Meg323 (author)2015-07-02

Awesome! Definetly going to try it.

jwarnock (author)2014-12-11

Just find it amusing you mention Rocky... while I'm looking for how to make a corset pattern using duct tape I find this... I'm playing Frank n furter and I'm making my floorshow corset right now :)

RavenMajestic (author)2013-10-13

This is super cool, but what does it look like on? Would you mind adding a picture please?

mreplogle (author)2013-10-06

Thank you thank you thank you!!! I'm being merida for Halloween and need something to keep me in one shape for the simple torso dress design :). This has saved me from spending a ton of money on a corset!

sdreiling (author)2013-05-27

This is a great idea!

lbaran (author)2012-03-31

I have heard that older metal blinds are great for cheap boning. Find a thrift store and you'd have a life-time supply.

popocops (author)2011-10-20

This was really cool! If you picked a nice fabric for the tshirt you wrap the tape on then when you cut it off could you reverse it and have that as the outside fabric?

AngelInTheNight (author)2010-11-26

That's really cool! I may use this for my prom dress this year!

CarpeJugulum (author)2010-11-13

Great tutorial.

big_girls_blouses (author)2010-11-04

Great 'ible. Easy to make and it looks real good too!

aaronanalog (author)2010-10-28

Best entry so far right here !!!!!!

Hapless (author)aaronanalog2010-10-29

Thank you, Aaron. I was actually quite shocked this wasn't an 'ible already. My high school theatre was quite fond of making corsets for period costumes (for extras, at least) out of cloth gaffers tape.

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