How to Make a Corset Pattern

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The corset, that torso-shaping garment with origins dating back to at least the 1660s, made its 20th-century comeback compliments of the pop singer Madonna. Whether you want to create one from an elegant fabric or put one together from a cut-up pair of old jeans, you're going to need a sewing pattern to follow.

Things You'll Need

  • Pattern paper
  • Pattern marking pencil or crayon
  • Measuring tape
  • Measure your front from the top of your bust to your waist. Draw a line on your pattern paper with that measurement. This is the length of the garment.

  • Take your bust measurement and subtract 2 inches, then divide that number by 2. Draw a line with this measurement at a 90-degree angle to the top of the first line. If, for example, your bust measurement is 34 inches, the horizontal line will measure 16 inches.

  • Mark the halfway point on the top line. Mark a point 2 inches to the left of the halfway point and 1 or more inches down (use 1 inch for an A cup, 2 inches for a B cup, 3 inches for a C cup and so on). Mark a point on the quarter-point of the bust line.

  • Make an "X" the same 1 or more inches down at the end of your bust line. This marks the center-back of the garment.

  • Connect the marks with a single line. You can make this a line a bit curvy, if you like.

  • Measure from your underarm to your waist. Draw a vertical dotted line the length of your underarm-to-waist measurement from the second mark you made in step 3 (the mark 1 or more inches down). Then, draw a horizontal line across the paper starting from the first line and ending even with the "X" that marks the center-back of the garment.

  • Measure your waist and subtract 2 inches from that measurement, then divide that number by 2. Mark that measurement 2 inches below the dotted line.

  • Connect the end of the curved line (from Step 5) and the mark you just made with a straight line.

  • Mark the 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 lines of your waist line.

  • Connect the bottom points. You can make your corset's bottom go straight across or make it curvy. Cut out the pattern with a pair of scissors and use it to sew your corset.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure your measurements are accurate by measuring them several times. Be sure you are standing up straight! Have someone else measure you, if possible.
  • You don't have to make your connecting lines for the top and bottom curved. Get creative!
  • Remember: this garment stops at the waist!

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