A corset is a piece of clothing that uses a lace seam down the centre to make a woman's torso smaller. Although initially worn under clothing, today corsets can be worn as tops or as part of a dress, in both costumes and daily life. If you are dressing up as a princess for Halloween or a costume party, you can easily make your own corset using a pattern and a sewing machine rather than wear a mass-produced princess costume.
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Things you need
- Corset pattern
- Tape measure
- Outer fabric
- Lining fabric
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Fabric pencil
Cut your size out of the corset pattern using scissors. To find your size, measure yourself and match your measurements to those listed on the package.
Fold both the outer fabric and the lining in half.
Place the pattern on one of the fabrics and pin it in place using straight pins. If any of the lines say "on the fold," make sure that line is against the fold in the fabric. Carefully cut it out using the scissors.
Unpin the pattern from the fabric. Lay it on the other fabric, pin it in place using the straight pins, and cut it out using the scissors.
Thread the sewing machine and turn it on.
Pin the pieces of fabric together using the straight pins per the pattern's instructions.
Sew the pieces together using the sewing machine. Make sure to keep lines straight and stick to the same seam allowance the entire time.
Try the corset on when you are close to finishing to make sure the size is correct. If it is too big, sew it again with a larger seam allowance. If it is too small, either take out all the seams and resew them with a smaller seam allowance or start the project over again with a bigger size.
Trim the excess fabric around the seam allowances.
Lay your corset out. Use the tape measure and a fabric pencil to make small marks an inch apart along both sides of the front seam.
Cut tiny holes where each of the marks are using the scissors.
Insert the eyelets in each hole and hammer them in place.
Weave the ribbon through the eyelets and tie it at the top.
Tips and warnings
- To make your corset more princess-like, choose delicate, light-coloured fabrics in colours such as pink or white. Choose a thicker, sturdier fabric for the outer and a thin, softer fabric for the lining.
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