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Underbust Corset
Underbust Corset

Class Overview

This year I am teaching you how to design and draft an underbust corset. This is the ultimate fitting band! It will take a couple of inches off your waist and is ideal to wear, under vintage styles, cos play, bedroom wear or great if you have a bad back! I have been teaching corsets and their construction for over 20 years and I am delighted to share my knowledge with you. This corset is a straightforward draft – a bit of maths – and is ideal for all bra bee participants, whether you are a beginner or an advanced sewer. This corset is designed to be worn under your bra and the top can be fitted to follow the contours of your underwires, if you want. The lower edge can fit over your tummy or be be cut to just fit through your waist.

Alison School of Sewing, UK

Alison Smith, the UK’s premier teacher of dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry and couture techniques, isn’t only an online sewing teacher, she is also a best-selling author having sold over half a million copies of her book “The Sewing Book”. When she isn’t writing books, Alison participates in many sewing shows around the UK and writes regularly in sewing magazines. Alison has always been passionate about sewing and loves to teach people how to create beautiful clothes that fit perfectly!

Underbust Corset

Materials Needed

As we are drafting and making a corset toile to fit you will need the following:

  • Large piece of paper – squared or dot and cross is idea
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Drafting rulers such as a set square, french curves
  • Calculator 1m (max)
  • Calico ( US = muslin) or a firmly woven drill
  • Sewing equipment
  • Scissors, pins etc
  • Bias binding or seam binding
  • Nylon boning or rigilene boning 7/8mm wide
  • 4mm eyelets / grommets 3m x 2.5cms
  • Wide cotton tape for lacing the back

You can shop your stash, or shop where you like online or in store.

This class will be taught live in a presentation style with Alison. Starting one week prior to the class, you will be able to find the handout for the class here in our Hive community. Join the community so you can share what materials you are using with other sewists in the class and chat before the class goes live!