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.

Underbust Corset Underbust Corset
Strapless Corset Strapless Corset
Shoulder Strap Corset
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.

Corset Styles

Materials and Supplies

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

  • Glad Press'n Seal (1 roll)
  • Masking tape, 3/4" & 2"
  • Pattern paper
  • Muslin (1/2 yard)
  • Sewing thread
  • Rigilene boning (3 yards)
  • Eye or grommet tape (1 yard)
  • Shoe lace (54" minimum)

Supplies for Finished Corsets

The supplies you will need for a finished corset will depend on how you style it.

  • Pattern paper
  • Sewing thread
  • Coutil or Fashion Fabric (1/2 yd)

  • Optional Fabrics
  • Lining Fabric
  • Compression Fabric
  • Powernet

  • Optional Edge Finishes
  • Foldover Elastic
  • Bra Band Elastic

  • Optional Busk
  • Separating busk

  • White Steel Boning
  • White Steel Boning
  • Tool Dip or Tipping Fluid

  • Spring Steel Boning
  • Spring steel boning, 1/4" & 1/2"
  • Boning tips, 1/4" & 1/2"
  • Boning casing, 1/4" or 1/2"

  • Installing Grommets
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Fray check (optional)
  • Grommets & washers, 00 or 0
  • Lacing Bones (2)

  • Inserting Grommets
  • Lacing cord or Shoe Lace
  • Heat shrink tubing

  • Bra Cup Underwires
  • Bra Underwire (2)
  • Underwire Casing

  • Flossing
  • Embroidery thread

The specialized corset making materials used for the examples in this class were all acquired from 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.

  • Basic sewing tools
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • C-Thru ruler

  • Installing a Busk
  • Tapered awl

  • Preparing Rigilene Boning
  • Hot knife

  • Preparing Spring Steel Boning
  • Side wire cutter
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Needle nose pliers

  • Inserting Grommets
  • Hole punch
  • Chip board
  • Grommet setting tool
  • Hammer or mallet

  • Finishing Cut Lace Ends
  • Hair Dryer or Heat Gun

  • Flossing
  • Embroidery needle

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