Corset Pattern Crafting And Why?

Obviously, comprehending exactly how to be able to sew corsets yourself or just making your own special corset lingerie could feel something like a completely alien subject, yet it is the most logical and practical how-to tuition an individual can get. Truth be told there are (undoubtedly) countless factors that can and definitely will go wrong whenever stitching bustiers and developing corset patterns and other underwear.

Comparable in the case of company bought shirts or dresses; dimensions and thus baffling shapes and sizes, really can ensure that it is as hard to come by something which fits satisfactorily as it is from an off the rack corset. Regretfully, poorly made undergarments are unquestionably far more unpleasant to wear as opposed to those ‘much too small’ jeans as well as those ill-fitting tops at the back of your wardrobe, considering that corsets are typically a good deal tighter and additionally need to hug one’s body. In short, a corset is one garment that you can’t get away with being ill-fitting.

Additionally, pre-made corsets will be seriously high-priced. There is absolutely no rationale for you to buy undergarments which never fit and cost a lot whilst you can make your very own corset lingerie plus design your own corset patterns. The key for you to develop corset pattern successfully despite all the trial and error that will come before you get it right, is discovering the fun and the joy of learning how to make corsets, plus bras, panties and all the  other forms of underwear sewing that creating corset sets entails.

Also, once you get into corset making, it is often startlingly unproblematic when you have sewing advice at your disposal on sites such as this particular one!

To help you discover how to sew corset underwear, you must incorporate the experience that it is empowering sewing corsets and lingerie on your own. You are going to realize how to resize corset patterns and how to vary the shape and style of your corset designs. Subsequently after figuring out how to build your own special corset, bra and panty sets, you are, only then, likely to finally know what it is to be comfortable at all times in your underwear.

As soon as we gain the knowledge of how to make corsets of our own, we then never need to cope with an uncomfortable corset or ill fitted corset pattern as a corset wearing individual again. Undergarments really should be manufactured for ease and comfort above looks and glamour. Not a single thing is more inviting nor appealing as compared with a person who is relaxed in their own personal undergarments.

The Best Sewing Machine For Corset Making?

When learning how to make corsets it’s important to have a good machine to work on. Some just aren’t robust enough to deal with corsetry. There are many layers of fabric in a handmade corset. I’m an avid collector of sewing machines. I use them, I love them, I’ve even been known to pet them. I own a 99-13, a 66 and a 201 Singer, and a 72 Monkey Ward and the Sears Big green ugly machine (it’s from the 60’s and it is UGLY). Of them all, 4 are electric, one is a treadle.


Usually unless the machine’s been treated awful, the motors should be ok for corset making with a little repair at most. My 99-13 (it’s a small version of the 66) is crappy, and while it does fine seams, it doesn’t do strong seams. The original motor is still there, and it still works, and it was a motor on the outside. This is not the machine I use for anything but a quick rip through of a seam or two, and really, my other machines do it better. Since this is the smaller version of the machine I use the most, it is the one that I take for demos and classes, I usually french seam anyway, so the detail work is brought home and finished on the main one. It was my first machine I bought 15 years ago when I was 15.


The 201 is an internal motor and many sewing enthusiasts swear it’s the best machine out there. I will admit, it does a variety of stitches, and it’s fairly powerful.

Singer 201 model
Singer 201 model


TBGUM and Monkey Wards were gifts, and I seldom use them, they just don’t do what I want.


My main machine is my treadle, non electric (it has a motor that was added later) and while it was leaky, the machine sat 25 years before I got it, and the first thing I did was pull it off. This is in a cabinet, and it’s the type used in corset making in the old days that you see with the women in training corsets.

Singer 66 model
Singer 66 model


I use Singers, I prefer Singers and the old machines, pre 1970’s were awesome machines. I would run, far and fast, from a new singer. That said, my corset making is only sewn on my treadle. To me, an electric goes too fast to make the boning channels right, and the treadles seem to sew through anything with the right needle. I’ve made more then one machine get hot trying to make a corset or sew pvc. The treadle doesn’t have those problems.


All that said, Elna makes the best machine out right now, and I hear many good things from people who not only sew corsets, but clothing as well.


I do know I can sew as fast on my treadle as I can on an electric, and I get much finer stitches when making corsets (not to mention my buttonhole attachment works with it) and there is a built in side table that allows for the old clothing with yards and yards of material to be sewn.


When corset making there are also other concerns about feed dogs, shanks, attachments, feet, bobbins, and the type of sewing (ie. do you need zig zig stitching) to consider.

Could An Elastic Corset Modesty Panel Work? – A Discussion

Some corsets are made to have a Modesty Panel, which is fabric, that is placed behind the corset laces. The Modesty Panel is sewn into the handmade corset at one side. A Lacing Protector is a loose part, that also is placed behind the laces. Both the Lacing Protector and the Modesty Panel are used to protect the skin from the laces and metal corset eyelets and hide the liner or skin below when the tight lacing corset isn’t closed and has a gap.

Instead of using a Modesty Panel of fabric that is sewn to the corset at one side, I have had it suggested to try using elastic fabric/material that is sewn to the corset on both sides. This will reduce the risk of the Modesty Panel getting wrinkled when the laces are tightened and the edges come closer together.

When corset making, one concern is that the material can’t strecth/reduce enough, when the corset is wide and small laced in the back.

You can read more about Modesty Panels and how they are made, in the book: “The Basics of Corset Building”  pp.45-47.


basics of corset building
basics of corset building


I may have to try this out as I find it could be interesting. I will have to do a couple of corset sewing tests to see what I like.



To me this is only two different names of the same thing doing the same job. I want my lacing protectors to be loose and not sewn at all into the corset when corset making. I also want them to be a little stiff. It is almost impossible to get them wrinkle free if they are attached. Think about it you have the corset two parts you pull together if the lacing protector is loose it means both ends will glide over if it is loose and has some stiffness to it.  if it is attached you need to somehow push one side under and also working on the corset laces.

On some of my sewn corsets when corset making, the lacing protector has been loosed but been held in place by the laces both up an down. Sorry I can not explain it better. On my leathercorset my lacing protector is a loose piece  I push in under the laces after I have started to lace my corset smaller. This is not a problem as the protector is stiff just as the underbusk on a good handmade corset and is made to follow the shape of my back. So not just a straight piece. This also means when I lace it myself the laces will just glide over it and I never have any problems at all with my protector.

The idea I think only works if you have help to lace your corset.