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I recently decided to attend a corsetry course. Obviously, I wanted to learn how to make corsets from scratch, and how to alter them later if need be. The course also covered the history of corsets, giving an insight into their origins and future.

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The photo below shows how it should all look once it has been drawn out.

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If you are using a pattern that you want to “join” up, you will need to plan ahead for this, and cut the pieces so that they link according to the little notches that have been drawn on. Also be aware that you will not see the seam allowance, so do not consider this to be part of the pattern. To be on the safe side, I would suggest using plain satin or something similar, particularly for a first attempt.

Using the calico pieces as a guide, cut out the corset’s outer fabric using your fabric scissors. canada goose factory outlet vancouver Be careful not to stab yourself with the pins. I found myself getting a little overconfident at this stage, and constantly stabbed my fingers!

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