I was so excited about Part 2 of my guest post from Scarlett of CorsetTraining.Net, and the second half of her corset making tutorial that I’m posting it a day early! If you haven’t seen Part 1 yet, you can just hop on over here!
Don’t forget that Scarlett is giving a special 1 week discount for 30% OFF her corset making course and her patterns to all you, my lovely readers, which will end this Thursday! Just use the code ERIN30!!
Here’s a little sample of the course if you’re interested!! 🙂
Doesn’t that just get you excited for corset making!
Now back to the tutorial!
In the Part 1 of the tutorial Scarlett went over materials, cutting out your pattern, basting and sewing your channels, now in part 2 she will show how to take it to a beautifully finished corset!!
Now we need to add the eyelets.
Your eyelet pack will
come with a set of hole cutting tools and a set of eyelet setting tools which
you’ll need a hammer to ‘activate’ 🙂 Mark where you want your eyelets,
starting at the waistline which is marked on the pattern. Place the first two
an equal distance from the waist and continue marking the others above and
below. Make sure you don’t get too close to the corset edges as you’ll need to
get your bias binding on later. I’ve spaced mine just over an inch apart and they’re
a little bit close to the edges for my liking.
Next we sew all the
Sew each seam together
and press the seam allowance open, then toward the back before giving it a trim
and clip to release tension. Take your bone casing and sew it over the seam
allowance as shown above so the stitching next to the seam is about 1/8 of an
inch from the seam stitching. Stretch and smooth out your fabric under the bone
casing as you go to minimise wrinkles.
Now we just have the
binding to go. First you need to trim the seam allowance from the bottom edge
of your corset.
Add the bias binding as
shown above; unfold and place the raw edge against the bottom edge of your
corset on the outside and sew just inside the crease. Then fold the ends in,
the binding over to the inside and secure with pins. Make sure to pull it down further
on the inside than the outside so that you can then sew through it from the
right side of the corset as shown above. Once you’re finished it should look
something like this –
Finally, push all your
bones into their casings and add the top edge of binding in the same way. Be careful
to push your bones all the way to the bottom of the casing so you don’t
accidentally sew through them.
Here is my finished
corset belt with the emerald ice cream right in the middle. Probably the most
eye-hurtingly colourful corset I’ve ever made but perfect for a 50s diner or
ice cream parlour.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the
tutorial and that it has demystified corsetry a little for you 🙂
If you haven’t already seen some of Scarlett’s patterns then be ready to swoon! Here are my three favourite!
Today I have my first ever guest post on my blog! My lovely guest is Scarlett from Corset Training .Net, and she has an amazing tutorial on corset making for you- and a free pattern!
Scarlett contacted me about a month ago to connect as blog-friends (it’s lovely having blog friends who understand your love for intimate apparel! 🙂 ) and also to let me know about her affiliate program for her corset patterns and her corset making video. Now I’m usually wary of people contacting me about my blog to advertise or sell anything, but Scarlett is so nice and friendly! So of course I went off to check out her site and in seconds I was completely drooling over all her gorgeous corsets (The Heart Corset – *swoon*)- she is truly an artist. Then I watched her course- and wow- it is fantastic!! She is so clear and concise, she adds lots of great practical tips and I learned a ton about corset making! It’s given me the corset bug and I wanted to be able to share this all with you! I’m sure this tutorial will give you the corset-making bug too!
Scarlett was also nice enough to give all of you, my lovely readers, a one-week 30% discount on the course! YAY! Just use the code ERIN30 🙂
Don’t you just love the sound of that “Emerald Erin Summer Fun Discount”!
Scarlett definitely out-did herself with this tutorial- and it’s so long that I’m going to split it into two parts! So here is Part 1 today! Be prepared to swoon at all the corset deliciousness!
How To Make A Corset Belt, Part 1
I’m so excited to be here
doing this tutorial for you, a massive thank you to Erin for having me! 🙂 We’re
going to make a simple corset belt that looks great over a dress or a circle
skirt. I’ll be teaching you the easy ‘single layer’ method so we won’t have to
make a separate lining. This is a project you can complete in 2-3 evenings.
When I found out I would
be guest blogging for Erin, the first thing I did was to open the fabric stash
and look for something fun, summery and emerald! This emerald ice cream (also
known as Mint Choc Chip!) jumped out at me. The fabric was a little thin so I
ironed on some lightweight woven fusible interfacing, which is great for making
corsets out of quilting weight cottons. I’m pairing the ice creams with this
pink and green flower pattern, I’m sure I’m getting cavities just looking at
them!For this tutorial I’m going to be using my free Corset Belt Pattern.
What You’ll Need
½ yard outer fabric
½ yard lining fabric –
1 corset belt pattern –
see link above for free pattern
10 spiral steel bones – 1
inch shorter than your seams
4 flat steel bones – for
the back of the corset, 1 inch shorter than the back seam
2 ½ yards of cotton bone
casing (thin bias binding also works)
A packet of 5mm eyelets
that come with a little setting tool
2 – 3 yards of bias
binding depending on which size pattern you’re using
You can get all your
corsetry supplies from one of the many online stores, corsetmaking.com is a
good one, but there’s an exhaustive list here.
There are a few items on
the list you may not be familiar with, coutil is just a type of cotton that
doesn’t stretch and bone casing is cotton tubing that stitches into garments to
hold boning. If you haven’t used eyelets before, Prym do wonderful packets with
setting tools included and full instructions on the back.
Steel bones always seem
to scare sewists who haven’t used them before but they don’t bite and they’re
very easily obtained online for under a dollar each, you just pick the size you
want. Above you can see the seams that will need spiral bones and at the back
where you will need flat bones. Measure each seam or bone channel on your
pattern and pick a size 1inch smaller (Don’t forget to buy enough for both
sides!). Try to avoid plastic bones as they bend when you sit and develop
unsightly kinks. Steel is more comfortable and lasts longer.
So here we go! First cut
out your pattern pieces, I like to leave a half inch seam allowance all the way
around. We don’t need it along the top and bottom edge but trimming it after
sewing everything together gives you a nice smooth edge.
Now baste (use a wide
stitch to secure) the two layers together in the seam allowance for each piece.
Do this for all pattern pieces except the very back ones where the eyelets will
Next take the front piece
and sew the bone channels marked on the pattern, making sure they’re wide
enough for your bones. Here my bones are 1/4 of an inch so I’ve sewn my bone
channels 3/8 of an inch. The bones will sit between the two layers of fabric.
Now let’s turn our
attention to the back pieces, we need to sew the back edge where the eyelets
Place the outer and
lining fabric right sides together and sew along the back seam. Press the seam
open, turn the fabric so the right sides are facing outward and press again. To
make the seam extra strong stitch 1/8 of an inch in from the edge. Now sew
three more lines of stitching as shown above to create the two bone channels
with the space in the middle for the eyelets. Make sure they’re wide enough for
the bones and eyelets! Finally baste the open edge of the pieces together.
And that is Part 1 of my Corset Tutorial! You can look forward to Part 2 on Tuesday where I will show you all about inserting the eyelets, sewing the seams together and finishing the edges with binding!
Thank you so much Scarlett for sharing this guest post! I can’t wait until Part 2!!
I also can’t wait to start into corset making again (dreams for the fall..)- I know when I do I’ll be coveting Scarlett’s The Heart Corset pattern– as soon as I saw it I knew that I needed it in my life *swoon*!
Now I just wanted to put a little disclaimer here, about this discount code, and about my new side ad, since up until today I’ve been an entirely ad/sponsor free blog.
I am part of Scarlett’s affiliate program, and I do make a commission on course and pattern sales that go through my blog and my links, so there is a profit to be made. But, most importantly, I will NEVER advertise or promote something on my blog that I do not love myself and believe in. My opinions are entirely my own, and there is no deal or sponsorship that will change that. I only allow relevant content on my blog that I have watched/tried/loved myself and that I want to share with all of you. And it will be that way for any other future affiliate or sponsorship that I share on this blog.
I know that there are somewhat mixed reviews on advertising on sewing blogs, but my opinion is very simple on this matter. As long as it is relevant to the blog, and doesn’t change the opinions and recommendations of the author, then I am in full support of sponsorship. Being a blogger is a labour of love, that takes far more time and energy than could ever be compensated by ads- but every little bit helps- especially when this is part of your full-time job!
I decided to join Scarlett’s Affiliate program because I watched her course and absolutely loved it- and I thought that you might too! And on top of that she is a completely lovely person, and wonderful e-mail friend, and I’m happy to support her!
I hope you enjoyed this guest post- and makes sure that you check out Scarlett! And don’t forget to come back for Part 2 on Tuesday!