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Reversible Corset Tutorial by Reine-Haru Reversible Corset Tutorial by Reine-Haru
After long last and many requests, I finally made a corset making tutorial. Keep in mind that there are LOTS of different styles of corsets. For the corset in this tutorial, I used a altered version of this pattern: [link] and got my boning/grommeting supplies from here: [link]

You can use a lot of different kinds of boning for corsets, I just happen to prefer very severe steel hoop boning. You can also order boning pre-cut and tipped, though I often find that in the end, I don't have quite the right sizes, so I prefer to do it myself. Many of the plastic bonings can be sewn straight to the cloth, but that's not as cool (or authentic) as making channels.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me! You can see the finished corset here: [link]
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:iconroseheartstudios:
RoseHeartStudios Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, this makes me miss my sewing machine so much.  Can't wait to get it back and try this out one day!
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raven-rising Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
so you have to sew it together in the front to avoid the backward busk... hmmm... i wonder if there is another way to do it and keep a busk in it.
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Luna-Malfoy Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
[link] this has great instructions on how to create your own pattern and it even has a generator where you put in your measurements and it shows you step by step with numbers and everything on how to craft your pattern.
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ViolinGoddess Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Exquisite, as ALWAYS!! You're a Goddess!!

Violin Goddess
~Goddess Couture~
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Novalayne Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
The link to the pattern is dead. Do you happen to have an updated one?
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:iconangie-sensei:
angie-sensei Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not trying to cheat you out of commissions or anything. I was just wondering. How much did it cost you to make that corset?
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Luna-Malfoy Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
[link] this has great instructions on how to create your own pattern and it even has a generator where you put in your measurements and it shows you step by step with numbers and everything on how to craft your pattern.
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hmm...the client paid for all the materials, so I'm not exactly sure. I would guess around $40-$50 in materials, 5-6 hrs. in time.
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:iconangie-sensei:
angie-sensei Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh! Duh. That's what the $150 is for, huh? XP
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes indeed.
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:iconhalvwyn:
halvwyn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you! I can't buy a corset, but now I can make one!
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shadowcat-666 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you measure and cut the pieces depending on the persons actual waist size? say you were makeing it for someone with a 22 inch waist what would the "waist" area measurement be on the pattern itself?
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Reine-Haru Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, consider that you have to add 5/8" to each edge of the pattern pieces for seam allowance, so multiply 5/8 by 2 by the # of pieces you have, and that should give you a good idea. Or, what I would do is make a mock up in muslin, adjust as you see fit, and then alter the pattern from that.
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shadowcat-666 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the quick response i'll have to try that
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AkaiKitsune-Desu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks for this. I've been wanting to make a corset forever and this helps alot.

all your costumes in your gallery are absolutely beautiful. btw where did you get your dressform? I've been wanting to get one, but there really expensive
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Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm so glad you found this helpful! I got my dressform from my local fabric shop ([link]). It was $120, so not cheap at all, but very handy!
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vladioglas Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
how much time does it took to do this?
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
I've made one in 4 hrs. before, but generally 1-2 days.
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:iconvladioglas:
vladioglas Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thank you for answering!!!:D
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songo714 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Student General Artist
Whoa this will be really useful when I try to make one <3
Thank you for the tutorial :D
I have a question though, I am new to making clothes (fff this would be my first thing unless you count sewing clothes for my barbies when I was little xDD) and I was wondering how do you do the measurements? Do you add any inches on for better comfort or? xD Sorry for asking a stupid question, I'll probably be doing that a lot when I get around to starting this. lol
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DevilsDynamite666 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
wow if i ever make a costume i'd use this :)
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fluffchucker Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Hi
We just sourced some boning.
[link]
7mm wide.
Is the boning you use stiffer than this or the same? We wee looking for severe boning.
I did ask your suppliers but got a "look at our selection" type reply.
Cheers for any help
FC
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think that the stuff I use (steel hoop boning) is actually more severe than this. Hope this helps!
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StoneE608 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very, very cool. If I ever have the time or the patience to make costumes I will definitely use this.
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
:+fav: This tutorial is featured in "Costume Design 101" for Costume Week.

Thank you for sharing your design techniques with the community!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I included this deviation in a news article in honor of Costumery Week in the Artisan Crafts gallery. --> [link]
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ZtubYrral Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! It's wonderful. :)
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WargusEstor Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome
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:iconde-siderata:
de-siderata Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
I LOVE this tutorial!!! Great job! Do you happen to have any pattern tutorials?
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
I do not...though I'll see about making one :)
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:iconpublicnuisane:
publicnuisane Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Excellent! Well done! Thank you for such a thorough & comprehensive tutorial.
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're quite welcome!
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:iconthree-moons:
three-moons Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
I really like. thanks for the help. I want to make one :hug:
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
You're quite welcome :)
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:iconthree-moons:
three-moons Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
thanks, it's an honor. :hug:
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ElisabethThornbrooke Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
I've been looking for a good tutorial for like ages, and now I finally found it.
Your the best!!!!

Greetings Elisabeth
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like it! If you'd like me to make any other tutorials in particular, just let me know :)
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ElisabethThornbrooke Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Not necessarilly (please excuse me for bad grammar)Im just glad I found this tutorial, it really is a lifesaver for me.
But thanks anyway!!
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TheHarlequinRomance Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
heyheyhey.
have you ever made bags?
those are one thing i have never gotten patterns for and have never quite figured out.
but yeah
[i have the ramona faire in a few weeks and Im either FINALLY making my corset with you lovely tutorial help. or finishing the bodice I altered and alter years pattern for. or fixing the bodice I made using the unaltered alter years pattern, probably all three.. AH!]
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yes, I've made bags before, but I don't make them too often, because honestly, they're kinda boring. I'd be happy to sketch out a pattern for you, just let me know what style bag you're wanting.
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TheHarlequinRomance Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
uhm. Drawstring. or a shoulder bag with a flap. i need something thatd work for all pirate/gypsy/fae. **sigh** I have a lick of exchangeable faire pieces.
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Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hm... try hunting around online, bag patterns like that shouldn't be hard to find.
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:icontheharlequinromance:
TheHarlequinRomance Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
ya ive found a few ive liked and havent gotten yet. lol
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hm, there are lots of free patterns out there too.
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:icontheharlequinromance:
TheHarlequinRomance Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
fixed it. jeesh. only going to have to use about 26 o.0
that sound kosher?
iuno. I still wanna hear how you determine placement.
<2
H/K
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
26 what..? Sorry, I just woke up from a text book induced nap XD
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:icontheharlequinromance:
TheHarlequinRomance Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ill look for those. but okay.
away fromt he bags.
with corsets how do you determine where to place the bones?
Im thinking about where I should put mine and I cant figure out where to put them.
Im using the elizabethan corset generator site casue Ive hearda few good things about it but where they say to place the bones is a little much. THe outline placing they have would be using approxamately 44 of them. and WHOA. so any ideas?
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:iconreine-haru:
Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
I think I only use about 18 here, and that's really heavily boned for a Victorian corset, but yes, Elizabethan corsets do take a lot more boning because they're boned ALL the way across the front.
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xMemory-Lacedx Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Thank you so much for posting this! Its by far the most thorough and easy to understand corset tutorial I've found anywhere on the internet. Very helpful! :D :rose:
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Reine-Haru Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm so glad you found it useful! If you'd like to see any other tutorials, just ask :)
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