How to Make a Training Corset

Updated April 17, 2017

For women and men who wish to pursue an hourglass figure with deep curves, a training corset can help modify the body, moulding the ribs and rearranging the organs over time to achieve the desired waistline. Waist training can be difficult and somewhat dangerous if done incorrectly or by tightening the corset too much too soon. But with the right homemade corset, diet and persistence, individuals can gradually tighten their corset and trim inches off the waist.

Put on the vest or T-shirt. Use a throwaway item of clothing, in case it gets wounded.

Wrap yourself in duct tape in the desired shape of the corset. Training corsets can be full corsets or under the bust corsets. Have a friend help you get the design right, especially in hard-to-reach places, like the back.

Remove the duct tape by cutting it off the item of clothing. If your corset is designed to lace in the back, have your friend cut the duct tape in the back. If it will lace in the front, cut it off in the front.

Cut out the fabric. You will need two pieces of the foundation material, one of the top layer and one of the back lining. If need be, iron the fabric to smooth it out.

Pin the foundation layers together.

Mark the lacing panels where the eyelets will be. Allow for at least 2 inches of space for the eyelets.

Create the boning tunnels. Beginning next to the lacing panels, measure the width of the boning plus 2mm for each boning tunnel. Put approximately 2 inches of space between boning panels. Sew the tunnel lines together and insert the boning.

Sew the foundation layers together. This is the base of the corset.

Pin the foundation layers between the top layer and back lining. Sew all three layers together. Make sure the seams are visible only on the back lining.

Cut holes in the lacing panels by boring them with an awl. Use overcast stitches to reinforce the holes.

Things You'll Need

  • Tight-fitting T-shirt or vest
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Pattern paper
  • Pins
  • Decorative top layer fabric
  • Foundation fabric, enough for two layers
  • Stiff, non-elastic back lining fabric
  • Steel boning
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Awl
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