Now let's make a corset - Part 1!

This is just so exciting.  I am a big fan of Craftsy and their deals have taken me off in so many directions.  It all began with the Beverly Johnson "Sewing Bras: Construction and Fit". This is a must if you are considering bra making.  I soon had the rest of her courses, taking in some formal tailoring, pattern drafting with Suzy Furrer along the way, all interspersed with embroidery classes and whatever came on offer that took my fancy.  At this point I should say that I finish all projects I start but some start dates are put back as something new grabs my attention.  So this is my latest "I have got to try this" 

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Sewing Corsets - Essential Techniques

Alison Smith

 

 

Although there is a supplies and resources list I watched the class most of the way through to be double sure.  Besides the fabric and metalware for the corset itself I had most of the tools required except for the 12mm bias tape maker.  As the class uses Alison's Zara pattern I thought that would be the best place to start.  I have found that you get so much more from the class if you use the pattern being demonstrated.  The pattern is available at Sew Wardrobe, Alison's website, where they also offer a kit, available in three colours, to get you started.  I went for the black as at first I wasn't going to use any decorative fabric and thought this would be the best choice.  

Rather than trace I just cut out the size I needed and I will print out again for another size.  With a small number of pages and some close together lines this is so much quicker than tracing.  

All the pattern pieces cut in a stiff calico and labelled including marking top.

All the pattern pieces cut in a stiff calico and labelled including marking top.

I stitched all the seams including centre front.  If you use Swedish tracing paper you can just sew your pattern pieces together.  I do need to try this.

So now you need some help to try on and check the fit at the back!

So now you need some help to try on and check the fit at the back!

The fit was fine for me but, if necessary, Alison takes you through a full bust adjustment (FBA).  Now can't wait for the kit to arrive.