Look What I Made: My First Overbust Corset

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I’ve been eager to make my own corset since I first got interested in lingerie, but I didn’t have the time or the skill to give it an attempt until this winter, when I got a break from school. I used a kit from Sew Curvy corsets, with the Laughing Moon Silverado corset pattern.

I really thought I would have been able to knock this out in a few days, but it took me almost 2 weeks, what with having to pull together all the components (my flat steels went missing) and having to undo and redo various bits.

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I have experience following patterns, but even so I found this one a bit confusing. Of course, the large amount of pattern pieces always makes everything a little more complicated. One real issue that I should point out is that the pattern is drafted for 1/4″ spiral steels, but the ones that come with the corset kit are slightly wider at about 5/16″, making the channels extremely tight. Thank goodness I could text Angela Friedman to ask questions because there were a few sticky moments!

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I ended up making the corset a bit too small for me because I was a little confused by the sizing instructions and I also underestimated my own size. Next time, I’ll definitely make sure to make a full mockup to test the size.

I’m excited about how it turned out, but of course there are so many ways I would improve next time. I have plenty of plans for my next corset– it’s definitely going to be an underbust– and it’ll be much better, just you wait!

18 Comments
  1. This is so cool though, even with the slightly wonky pattern! I’m curious, have you learned any corsetry in your coursework, or is it just through the kit? The seaming with the channels is pretty intimidating!

    • Thank you! Actually, the channel stitching is by far the hardest part– I try not to take too many close up shots so you won’t see how crazy it looks!

  2. wow, congratulations – this turned out so beautiful! every sewing project is a major learning experience, so I’m sure that next time you’ll improve on the things that didn’t work out this time. regardless, this is incredibly beautiful – you did a wonderful job! i can’t wait to see your future sewing projects!

    • Thank you! I will definitely try to put up more sewing projects– hopefully with progress shots to keep it interesting and give more insight into where there are challenges & design decisions. This one was just too mentally exhausting to keep a good record

    • It was hard, because every time I show her something I want to preface it by saying “I know what I’m doing is terrible, but…” :)

  3. Wow, your first overbust turned out amazing! *Much* better than my first corset was, and I would have been much too scared to attempt bust gores at that time. :) Great work!

  4. Nice work! I know from experience how tricky it is to make a corset, and I definetly don’t think I could have done it without a tutor on hand to help every step of the way. Can’t believe you did this all by yourself. Looks fantastic! No wonder you’re pleased :-)

  5. Just gorgeous! to bad it’s a bit small, I think you should make it again it’s so pretty.
    I haven’t made a corset yet, I love to make own to. I have made lot’s of lingerie, is it difficult?
    Diana

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