I Made A Corset! Let Me Show You How:

It took 3 days, and about 30 hours in the Beginner’s Corset Making Course with Lowana O’Shea of Vanyanis, but thanks to Lowana’s guidance and the help of my awesome sewing bee friends, this newbie sewist made her second ever underbust corset. I think it’s a big improvement on my first try.

What do you think?

Follow the journey from toile or ‘mock up’ to finished corset in my sewing diary vlogs at Sewing Vintage with Tara Moss:




1 Comment

  1. Abrinth

    I had a great time watching these. You, your friends and family (including dogs!), have created such a warm, fun atmosphere in these tutorials. And I loved how you dealt with the troll. So perfectly charming, and humorous too!

    I really appreciated your emphasis on accuracy. My tip, especially for these small tolerance patterns you use multiple times – once you perfect the fit, make it out of thin, stiff card or plastic/acrylic, then use it as a template and trace around it directly onto the fabric. (Easy for a tightly woven coutil). Cutting around a pinned paper pattern becomes inaccurate as the scissors lift the fabric up off the cutting surface, and the edge of the paper can shift by several millimetres. The paper also gets damaged by pins, which eventually results in it moving. With the pattern traced directly onto the fabric you can hold it as you cut if you need to, and accuracy only relies on how carefully you cut along the line. It’s a much quicker process, too. For dark fabrics I have experimented with a ton of white pens and markers and can recommend the Uni-Ball Signo Angelic gel pen for a very fine, 0.7mm translucent line. And a Sharpie Water Based Paint Marker in extra fine point for a more opaque line. The Uni-Ball Signo Broad is also more opaque, and an easy thickness to cut along. If your patterns need to be super accurate, there’s a service in Queensland that will electronically cut cardboard patterns to your specs.

    So looking forward to seeing more of your enthusiastic vlogs!