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Draft your own Corset

Your personalised Victorian pattern


The corsetmaker and her mannequin


Now that you've begun playing with pattern drafting, I hope you can see the awesome designing and dressmaking power this skill can give you (Muhahaha!)

Clearly, drafting instructions could be devised for any garment, so today we're going to go straight into the classic Victorian corset, that most maddening of garments to fit.

Thank you very much, the [beginner's corset drafting] tutorial is really wonderful and easy to follow even for a beginner like me! :)
"chobap", Livejournal

I've devised these instructions for you based on corset designs of the late 1870s. I hope that you'll find the instructions as simple as before, but I've made one change that I hope you'll bear with me on.

This time we'll be noting separate measurements for the front and back "halves" of your bust and hips. This will help us to get bust size, back size and derriere size right.

Since a corset pattern won't require you to mess around with armscyes or shoulders, I'm hoping that you'll be able to handle this extra level of complexity instead, in the interests of a much improved fit.

(For extra credit, the more advanced drafters might consider how to incorporate this extra level into the bodice instructions!)

I won't repeat the equipment list since it's the same as before, but there are some differences in the measurements we need. On the following page we'll run through the measurements in full and then get straight into it.

as you can tell from the photographs below of corsets made using this tutorial, it can easily adapted into a variety of styles.

Thank you very much, the [beginner's corset drafting] tutorial is really wonderful and easy to follow, even for a beginner like me! :)
- "chobap", Livejournal

Corsets made using this tutorial

Corset by Hannah Light Corset by Ivy Rose Designs Corset by Ivy Rose Designs

[Above left photo] This is the first corset I drafted for myself using the above tutorial; I've not used a commercial pattern since! Construction wise it's not great (I've learnt a few things since then) but I'm still pretty happy with the shape I managed to create. Thank you for inspiring me, and enabling me to get creative with corsetry! - Hannah Light, UK

[Above centre and right photographs] Both of these designs started as the FR tutorial... - Rachel Haggerty, Ivy Rose Custom Corsetry

You have just reminded me of something my dad told me, years ago (when I got into a temper over something not working out right)...

A draughtsman's advice to novice or dunce
Is always measure twice before cutting once.

Words I have never forgotten, and often pass on.
I'm still a novice, but learning new things is so much fun...thank you for this excellent article, I will let you know how I get on with my corset.

Boning placement
Rose, this tutorial covers the drafting of the pattern only. For boning placement, you can begin by boning the seams, but for more discussion on this subject, check out the article "Planning Out Boning Channels" which is currently free at our sister site, Foundations Revealed.


Thank you for these very clear and free instructions! I shall have to look into making this at some point. However, I think the post would be greatly improved if you could show a few pictures of what the actual finished product would look like. Thank you, again!
Cathy Hay
Photos of finished corsets that began with this tutorial
You're welcome! Photos have now been added on page 1.


This is wonderful!!
Thank you SOO much for this! I have been playing around with the idea of creating a corset for ren fest. I happen to have some vinyl (or something like it!) that was used in the making of marine seating. It looks so like leather that I really wanted to make a pattern for a corset. I have been looking all over for how to measure myself and create this pattern! I cannot wait to create my pattern and mock up!! Thank you again!
Re: This is wonderful!
We're so glad you like it! Let us know if you have any queries as you go along, and you can always join us for free chat and such on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foundations-Revealed/160554519117.
how to?
I love the instructions very clear and easy to follow. But I was wondering if you could post hoe to create a pattern for the corset in the pucture you used in the pdf. That is the style I want and I have a pattern for one but it doesnt fit properly and I would love to know how to redraft that pattern to fit my own measurements. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Cathy Hay
The picture in the pdf is an original Victorian image, so we can't be sure what it looked like from the back. We do cover a lot of recreation of original Victorian patents on Foundations Revealed, however, so if you become a member, you'll be able to produce some of those very beautiful original patterns to fit you just right.
Here you go Corset


Cm conversion
Hello! thanks of the wonderful instructions. In steps 15, 17, 21, and so on when you instruct us to multiple by say ".22" -- do I first need to convert these numbers to inches? Or can I use them as they are written?

Thank you for your help!
Best, Gianna

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