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Victorian Corset - Pattern by sidneyeileen Victorian Corset - Pattern by sidneyeileen
The pattern diagram sheet for my overbust corset. At the top are my measurements, and some derived lengths that are useful for pattern drafting. Below that is the initial pattern I used to make the mockup. At the bottom is the revised pattern, including modifications derived from the fit of the mockup.

The main things I altered in the pattern:
- I took in the bust slightly
- I lowered the waist slightly
- I altered the locations of some of the breaks between pieces to keep them vertical
- I took in the hip slightly
- I let out the ribs, particularly near the waist
- I added a little more curve at the spine
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Marie-Thoringel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
How do you know how to make/draw this :omfg: ?
Is it easy?????
I want to make one too, my holidays are in two weeks (yippie!) so I have more time then ;P, but where do you place the boning?
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's tricky. I'm self-taught, and I still learn something from every corset I draft. Once I am fully confident of my skills, I plan to post full tutorials, but that will most likely be months or years from now.

I don't know of any good guides on the pattern drafting, but if you really want to make corsets, I strongly recommend picking up a book or two on the subject, reading as much about corset construction as you can (there are many ways to make a corset), looking at as many historic corsets and patterns as you can (lots of them are posted online), and joining an online community of corset makers and enthusiasts. By looking at historic corsets and patterns, you'll get a feel for what cuts of corset make different shapes, and how the boning can be placed for full support. This cut of corset (six vertical panels per side) is one of the simpler types to start with, and is typically boned along each seam.

If you are on LiveJournal, there is an excellent community there called CorsetMakers, which is focused on question/answer/showoff of corsets made by the members. The membership ranges from total newbies to sewing, through to established custom corseters. I'm sure there are other communities online, but I couldn't say exactly where. Any good community should be able to point you to pattern how-to guides, and provide advice regarding which commercial patterns should work best for your body type and intended profile. I have never used commercial patterns, so I couldn't say, but they can be a very good place to start when learning to make corsets.

Best of luck to you in your endeavors. :aww:
DrunkenUnicorn Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
thank you!*hug hug hug*
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :D
As I post info about my method of making corsets, feel free to ask any questions you might have, especially if I don't think to post photos of some detail that might be helpful to you.
DrunkenUnicorn Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
omg,thank you dear :) actualy now i sew autumn coat,and its my first big sewing thing,so questions will be soon :D
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod: If you're new to sewing, I would encourage you to get comfortable making normal garments first. Corset making requires a great deal of precision, and is ambitious for a novice. By the time you're ready to make a corset, I'll hopefully have full instructions posted, including guidelines for how to draft a pattern. :D
DrunkenUnicorn Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
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