How much fabric do I need for a corset?

How much fabric do I need for a corset?

2 yards of lacing–satin ribbon, shoelacing, whatever. 2 yards may seem long, but it makes it easier to get into the corset by yourself. 2.5 yards of 1-inch-wide ribbon of your choice (for variations 1 & 2).

What material should I use to make a corset?


  1. Coutil. Perhaps the oldest and the most popular fabric, coutil is a form of twill cotton that was created especially for corsetry.
  2. Cotton. One of the most commonly used types of fabrics in the world, cotton is natural, soft, absorbent, and breathable.
  3. Satin.
  4. Silk Brocade.
  5. Vegan/Faux Leather.
  6. Velvet.

What can I use instead of a corset?

Alternatives To a Corset

  • Bustier Dress. A bustier dress is a great alternative to a corset on special occasions.
  • Top Shaper. A top shaper is a lightweight garment that you could wear under your blouse or dress.
  • Underwire Bra.
  • Shapewear Tank Top.

Can you use stretch fabric for corset?

– Lining fabric, ideally coutil (cotton specifically for corsets), but any strong non-stretch woven cotton fabric will do.

What is cotton Coutil?

Cotton Coutil is a derivative of the common Cotton fabric, which was used along with Linen, cotton canvas, brocade and silk.

Can I make a corset without a busk?

The corset busk is optional as you can have a corset pattern with lacing at both the front and back, there are even corset patterns with closed fronts. However the majority of corsets are designed to open at the front with a busk.

What are corset hooks called?

A busk (also spelled busque) is a rigid element of a corset at the centre front of the garment. Two types exist, one- and two-part busks.

How big can a free corset pattern be?

This free corset pattern is available in European size 38 (US size 10) but can easily be adjusted to your size. The pattern can be used as the base of your corset and you can tailor it to your style adding different fashion details.

Why are there so many corset sewing patterns?

These sewing patterns for corset making have been chosen because they work. Commercial patterns by big companies with no historical interest, are often cut with ease which means they are difficult to fit. The corset patterns listed here are all very comprehensive, very easy to adjust, fit, and alter and they are guaranteed to work.

What kind of material is a corset made of?

Traditional Corsets are typically constructed of a flexible material such as cloth, particularly coutil, or leather and are stiffened with boning (also called ribs or stays) that are inserted into channels in the fabric. Modern corsets feature more details including lacing, eyelets, ribbons, etc.

Where to measure bust for Elizabethan corset pattern?

Bust Measurement: This measurement should be taken around the widest part of the bust. Do not pull the measuring tape tight, but make sure that it is a close fit.