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with Alison Smith
Online Class

Sewing Corsets: Essential Techniques

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Build classic corset-making skills as you embark on a sewing adventure with School of Sewing founder Alison Smith, MBE. During class, she'll show you how to create a corset that's perfectly structured to flatter the figure. You'll begin by learning how to pick the pattern, fabric and structural pieces that are important for this slimming garment. Then Alison will share tips for a full-bust adjustment. Ready to give your corset structure and shape? You'll discover techniques for incorporating boning, busks and eyelets. Next, you'll see how to accurately stitch panels, join your corset and create channels for boning. Finish your corset by inserting steel bones, binding the edges and adding decorative trim.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h26m

Included in this Class

1. Corset Essentials

1. Corset Essentials

Meet Alison Smith, MBE, founder of the School of Sewing, author and pattern designer. In Alison's expert hands, you'll learn about the structure of a modern Victorian-style corset, the fabrics and patterns to use, and how to adjust your pattern for a full bust.

2. Cutting & Preparing Fabrics

2. Cutting & Preparing Fabrics

The best fabric for a strong, secure corset is coutil. Alison guides you through cutting and marking your fabric with tips for handling coutil's dense herringbone weave. If your corset will have a decorative fabric layer, you'll learn to interface your fancy fabric or bond it to the coutil.

3. Seam Construction

3. Seam Construction

Corsets are constructed with panels joined in off-grain seams that must be accurately stitched. You'll learn to pin, ease and stitch your seams in your coutil layer, and manage the seams if you're building your corset with multiple layers.

Recommended with this class

  • Coutil fabric for corset body
  • Steel boning
  • Busk