As you learn how to make a corset for yourself, a corset pattern will be a requirement. Thankfully, the corset pattern is very simple to make, even if the task does look a bit daunting. Most of the steps below are simply dividing measurements in half. Use this pattern or modifications of it to make any type of corset you wish, from leather corsets to an underwear waist cincher to a beautiful bridal corset.
Things You Will Need
Cut open paper grocery bag
Long string or tape measurer
Get your bustline, natural waistline and waist-to-armpit measurements. Round the bustline and waistline measurements to the nearest half-inch.
Plan what measurement you want to use for the front line. The front line is the piece that goes down the center of your abdomen and usually has a busk added. When you learn how to make a corset with a Victorian corset pattern, the length will be around 12-14 inches. Another corset pattern may have one that is only 9 inches. Starting with about 12 inches for this fashion pattern can be easiest and will lend itself to easy adjustment later.
Draw a vertical line on the far right of the cut open grocery bag to match the desired length of the front line of the corset.
Using your bust measurement, divide it in half and draw a horizontal line to the left from the top of the front line. This is the bustline of your corset pattern.
At the end of the bustline, the far left side, measure down three inches. Label this as point A.
Use your bust measurement divided in half again. Add 2 to the number. Starting at the top of the front line measure this far to the left and then down three inches. Make a mark labeled point B.
Once again, divide your bust measurement in half. Divide this total in half. From the top of the front line measure to the left this far. Make a dot and label it point C. Draw a gently curving line between A, B and C.
Starting at point C, going down, draw a dotted line to make your waist-to-underarm length.
Divide your waist measurement in half. Remove 1 from this total. The 1 inch removed will create a waist cincher look when you learn how to make a corset. Use this number to draw a horizontal line from the front line and passing at the base of the waist-to-underarm measurement. This is the waistline of your corset pattern.
From the far left of the waistline, measure one inch down and label this point D.
Draw a line from A to D. Make it as straight as possible as this will be the backline of the corset where eyelets will be added for lacing.
Again, cut your waist measurement by 2. Divide this number in half. Measure this far along the waist line starting at the point furthest from the front line. Measure half an inch up. Label this mark point E.
Once more, cut your waist measurement in half. Measure from the front line and up 1 inch. Make a dot here and label it F.
Divide your natural waist measurement in half. Divide in half, once more. Measure this far across the waist line starting at the front line. Make this point G.
Make a gentle curving line between D, E, F and G. Between the front line and point G you will need to make enough room for the busk. This will be about a 1 or 2 inch area that will be a fraction longer than the rest of the corset. Bridal corsets can use a smaller busk area while leather corsets may need a slightly wider one.
Cut around the outer edge of the patter and get ready to use this beautiful corset pattern as you learn how to make a corset. This pattern will make a great bridal corset and can provide a sexy, obviously cinched waist in leather corsets.