Online Patternmaking Classes
by Don McCunn
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How to Make Custom-Fit Corsets
Instructions in this class show how the corset types shown below can be created.
Shoulder Strap Corset
The seven sessions of this class include the following:
An Introductory Video
The videos for this class show how to fit yourself without a sewing buddy. If you have someone to help you, the process is easier. This fitting buddy does not need to know how to sew. However, if you do not have a willing fitting buddy who will take whatever time is necessary to fit you correctly, you are better doing it yourself. Instructions and videos designed to help you do this are labeled Do-It-Yourself (DIY).
This approach to creating a custom-fit starts by creating a mold directly on the body. This mold is converted to paper patterns that can then be used to create a trial fitting corset. This corset sloper becomes the basis for creating other designs. The mold is created by using Glad's Press'n Seal which you apply directly to the skin to shape the corset. You then reinforce the Press'n Seal with masking tape before removing it.
Supplies for making corsets can be divided into two categories: supplies required for muslin mock-ups and supplies for finished corsets.
Materials and Supplies for Mock-Ups
Supplies for Finished Corsets
The supplies you will need for a finished corset will depend on how you style it.
Optional Edge Finishes
White Steel Boning
Spring Steel Boning
Bra Cup Underwires
The specialized corset making materials used for the examples in this class were all acquired from CorsetmakingSupplies.com including: rigilene, eyelet tape, coutil, separating busk, white steel boning, spring steel boning, boning tips, boning casing, grommets, lacing bones, bra underwires, and underwire casing.
Making corsets requires tools not normally found in a sewing room.
Installing a Busk
Preparing Rigilene Boning
Preparing Spring Steel Boning
Finishing Cut Lace Ends
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