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Reversible Waist Corset

Once upon a time, I had two cool fabrics that both wanted to be a corset. One was a black cotton-blend with a soft satin finish, and the other a skull-print cotton scarf. After a while of pondering, I decided to take full advantage of both fabrics. The process turned into our Reversible Waist Corset Sewing Pattern, which was published on Craftsy last week.

Reversible Waist Corset Sewing Pattern - skulls on the outside

This reverible corset features a front zipper, and a laced-up back. The zipper makes it easy to put on, which mean you can flip it in the middle of a night out if you so choose. The lacing gives the garment a bit of wiggle-room, making it easy to modify the size a bit. Made with light-weight fabrics, this corset is designed for decorational purposes only. Using thicker materials and flat steel boning makes it possible, though, to wear this style as a tighter laced corset.

Lacing

As this style is reversible, it comes without a modesty panel. Sewing one into a garment meant to be worn inside-out on occation is virtually impossible. This means our reversible corset is best worn with dresses. This way, the garment seen through the lacing is seamless and smooth. When pairing this style with skirts and tops, be sure to make certain the back looks pretty!

SkullCorset

This reversible waist corset sewing pattern comes with a zipper at the front. Attaching it in a tidy way is surprisingly easy. This style does have a bit of hand-stitching involved, though. The binding is best sewn by hand so that both sides of the garment remain pleasing to the eye.

The bone channels are sewn into the seams. They’re visible on one side only, and nearly hidden on the other side. This technique guarantees a tidy finish with quick, easy steps which are fully explained in our illustrated sewing tutorial that you will receive with the pattern.

I hope you’ll enjoy our Reversible Waist Corset Sewing Pattern!

Until next Wedneday.

Love,

Heather

Reversible Waist Corset Sewing Pattern - black satin on the inside

Embroidered Corselet

Corsets can sometimes be a pain to wear. Still, they add detail and bring a lovely silhouette to any outfit. To ensure a comfortable fit, I turned elastic fabric into an Embroidered Corselet.

embroidered corselet with contrasting bone channels

Elastic fabrics come with various degrees of stretch, and in all finishes. For a corselet, I recommend picking a fabric that keeps its shape and only gives enough to ensure comfortable wear. Too much elastane in a corset-like clothing can ruin the shape of the garment. A lightly stretchy fabric makes a corselet a joy to wear, and offers a bit of support as well.

This embroidered corselet features contrast coloured bone channels, and light embroidery on the sides. Creating this style requires only a sewing machine, since most of them have a selection of embroidery stitches. For the model corselet, I picked a floral stitch. Feel free to use any kind of embroidery, from flowers to basic zigzag. Even a straight stitch can create stunning results: just make certain stitching doesn’t eat at the elasticity of the fabric.

The shape of this corselet is quite standard. What separates it from the rest isn’t only embroidery and contrast colours. The closure also bears a unique element. Since the corselet is made with elastic fabric, it can be sewn into a snug fit. Therefore, it doesn’t have lacing, but button closure in the front. This makes the corselet easy to get in and out of. The buttons also serve as an interesting detail.

The embroidered corselet is supported with rigilene tape. As the garment is light and not meant to be laced up tight, rigilene serves its purpose of keeping the corselet sturdy. If you prefer, feel free to use metal spiral boning. You can also easily mod the pattern to sport a back lacing as well.

Corsetry is a fascinating are of fashion, and corselets are only a tiny section of it. I hope to find the time to create patterns for steel boned corselets as well. In the mean time, I hope you’ll enjoy the Embroidered Corselet sewing pattern.

Until next Wednesday!

Love,

Heather

embroidered corselet with button-down front

DeathRock Bustier

I love wearing corsets as much as the next girl, but sometimes, a steel-boned corset gets a little painful. A lighter bustier is less constricting, but bears the beautiful lines of corsets. The DeathRock Bustier is one of my favourites. It is available as a sewing pattern, and comes in three sizes. deathrock bustier, threeThe DeathRock Bustier features a crossboned front which is designed to enhance the bust. The crossboning is an optional extra. It adds an eyecatching detail to the front. For added drama, try using contrast coloured bone channels!

The bustier also sports loops on two seams. Use these to hang chains. Removable embellishments make the garment more versatile, and make it easy to mix and match. A classic style works for both clubbing and formal parties. Fabric and decorations make all the difference.

Crossboned front is designed to enhance the bustThe bustier is fully lined. In the tutorial included with the pattern, you’ll be guided through the process of cutting, lining, and boning the bustier. The model bustier is boned with rigilene tape which is sewn into the garment. This style works also with steel boning.

A contrast coloured lining is completely hidden when the bustier is worn. For a more subtle garment, use lining that matches the outer layer.

A full lining adds comfort and lengthens the age of a garmentThe DeathRock Bustier has a built-in modesty flap. It is sewn into the garment, and can be turned aside when worn. It hides bare skin, and protects from the cold metal of the eyelets. The bustier can also be made without a modesty flap.

DeathRock Bustier comes with a built-in modesty flapFor a photo shoot, I paired the bustier with a two-layer peasant skirt. The wide hems consist of cotton and tulle. The skirts are delisciously decadent, but not very practical when hiking through a forest.

DeathRockBustier_intheforestI hope you’ll enjoy the DeathRock Bustier -sewing pattern!
Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Heather lying on forestfloor

Corset-Mod

Once upon a time, I had a basic satin corset. I made this a while back, wore it once, and found it boring. It sat in my closet for a long time, ashamed of itself, until I dug it out for a remake.
I tore out the binding and the bone channels. The corset had steel bones and a purple lining, but no front closure. Putting it on was slow (I usually take the laces off, put the corset on backwards, lace up, turn, and tighten) and the front felt a bit… well, flimsy. I liked the shape and construction, although the whole thing was a little on the loose side.

I had steel boning and black, stretchy satin stashed, along with a tube-ful of large buttons.

Since the corset was a little bit too big, I cut the front open, planning to do a simple button-up closure. As I placed buttons on one side of the corset to see what they’d look like, I decided they were too big to sit comfortably on just one side. So I tried a different approach.

Asymmetric buttoning is a bit of a pain to create: one needs to measure and re-measure carefully, but I managed to get the loops done with just two takes.

Starting the remake process, I thought I’d give the corset black bone channels. Rummaging through my stash, I ran into the remains of the purple lining, and thought what the hey, might as well give the thing a bit of colour.

At first, I thought I’d hide the channels in the front, but they looked too nice to conceal.
I ended up tucking in the satin, and leaving the purple channels out. I liked the contrast, and did the rest of the channels the same way.
Originally, the corset didn’t have a modesty flap. I undid a seam in the back, and added a flap. I’m still undecided on the whole concept of modesty flap, but trying things out never hurt. Much.
While sewing on the bone channels, I added stripes on both sides, and four little loops on one. The stripes bear no real purpose, but the loops are good for hanging chains from. Just in case one feels the need to get caught on every chair and door handle. Who knows, there might be a handsome Goth just waiting to bail a girl out.
I bound the corset with the black, elastic satin I originally planned to use for the bone channels. Although there’s a slight difference in shade, it works better than the purple fabric would have: an elastic binding gives much more than bias tape ever can, and feels better when worn.
The remake did wonders to a discarded corset, and I’m super-happy with the results. A bit of effort turned this from “so going into the bin” to my new favourite.

Until next time!
Love,
Heather