Safety Pin Corset




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This safety pin corset is a very simple way to get the lace-up corset effect with just a few supplies I'll be you already have. Use this technique to help a loose blazer fit better or create the look of a smaller waist on a fitted blazer.

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Step 1: Check Out the Video Tutorial

Step 2: You'll Need

2 yards 1/2"wide ribbon

20 large safety pins

Ruler or tape measure


Blazer that needs some sprucing up

Step 3:

Find your princess seams. They are the seams between the side seam and the center back seam. If you don't have princess seams in your jacket, just mark a line 1/2 way between the center back and side seam of your jacket.

Mark up 6" on each princess seam of your jacket.

Make line10 dots starting at the 6" line straight up the princess seam. Mark another 10 dots 1" away from the first line of dots.

Repeat this on the other side

Using your two sets of dots, pin in the safety pins with the end of the pin facing toward the center of the jacket making sure they are evenly spaced.

Step 4:

Add a row of safety pins to both sides. The bottom of the pin needs to be facing the center of the jacket

Starting from the top two safety pins, lace your jacket like you would lace a shoe

Have someone help you tie your jacket while you're wearing it so that you don't tie it too tight.



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    20 Discussions

    This is such a cool idea! I have this nice lace top which was a bit loose, and i was too lazy to do anything about that. Looks like my problem is solved! Thank you :)

    1 reply

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Wow , thank you for this project. It is great. Will definitely help me in sprucing up my blazer.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I've seen something similar done with a men's shirt, But the contrast you have chosen, the pink & the grey looks stunning. I can buy a jacket for cheap at the resale shop add white lace sticking out of the sleeves to create a very romantic, unique effect. Thank-you for the inspiration!

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    Xing wu

    5 years ago

    amazing idea!


    5 years ago

    I agree with Blackcloud161-- Genius is the perfect word to describe this. Thanks for posting!

    1 reply

    wow! this is amazing! i love corsets and i always wanted one but with this i can make it easily at home itself! :D

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