Tight-Lacing Lavender Silk Waist Cincher

This corset is a bespoke custom commissioned tight lacing waist cincher, with lavender silk cover material, lace edging, lacing panel, and split metal busk.

Fabric: Two core layers of corset coutil, cotton lining, silk cover
Edging: Cotton lace
Boning: 1/2″ and 1/4″ flat spring steel bones
Piecing: Seven panels per side
Busk: 9″ metal straight busk

Tight-Lacing Lavender Silk Waist Cincher, Seamstress: Sidney Eileen

8 thoughts on “Tight-Lacing Lavender Silk Waist Cincher

  1. Hi,
    I love this design. Would you be willing to post me the pattern you’ve used for this waist cincher. I love making things like this and this design is gorgeous.


    • I’m sorry, but I don’t have this particular pattern in an easy to post digital format. I do all my drafting by hand, and I don’t photograph all the patterns. That is something I would like to remedy, but at this time it’s not a high priority and due to my illness I have limited energy to work on things.

  2. Hello!! I am from singapore ^.^ i was looking for a lavender underbust just like this! May i ask how much this would cost? I have a 27 inch waist and would like to reduce about 5

  3. Hi I presum this is one, as I can only see the normal one seam line from the outside and no visible bonning channels or any sign or bonning showing through. So would you sew the bonning channels on the coutil the second layer from the outside fabric and have the linning as seperatley made and the outside seperatley made, then join them althogether after, I have basicly made 3 corsets all seperaltey at the minute, the outside fabric which is a Navy Blue velvet as one corset, the coutil and the linning, I have only sewn the seams and joined all panels together on all 3 speratley, so have 3 corsets layed out on my table.
    I am making disneys Ariel Blue dress and she has a Navy Blue corset, though i’m not really happy with having grommets showing on the back opening where it laces up, so i’m going to creat loops with strong Navy Blue cord and just stitch over the loops several times to renforce and strengthen. Although mum is going to pull a bit on the corset to pull me in, it’s not going to be pulled to an inch of it’s life like the old days.

    Have I got the right idea for doing this to show no bonning on my outisde layer? A lot of my patterns show the method of having bonning inserted on the outside and I have found it very difficult to find a good clear tutorial or video youtube tutorial on how to hide it, I still need the outside layer to hold it’s shape, so my concern was how will it hold if it has no bonning and the bonning is on the second layer being the coutil.
    Thanks from

    • I think you have the right idea. It’s hard to say for sure without photos. What you should have in front of you is four layers total to the corset. The coutil is two layers in the center, with the boning attached to that. The cover and lining go around the coutil, floating, which means that they are only sewn to the core at the edges. The boning channels are only in the two core layers, with no direct attachment to the cover or lining. The boning in the core layer will hold the cover in place like you see here once all the layers are combined. No worries.

      • Hi Sidney, I’ve finished my Ariel corset, if you look on youtube on these links as I have the video in 2 parts.
        Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp-gUdxh6PU
        Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-sWThJ0A7M

        Hey I had to hand sew on the piping around the bottom and still have the sore finger to prove it, we found out that the machine didn’t like sewing through 3 layers of velvet and coutil. The outer layer does hold but if I pull it with my fingers you can see it comes away from the backing, but once it’s on me it seems to hold. I was wondering about this, I have seen something called stitching in the ditch, where you sew all layers together through each seam all the way through from front to final backing piece, so it holds all the layers together. But this was’n’t possible on this becuase we had put our bonning right in the seams, so I guess they put their boning just to the side of the seams on theirs. But anyway, if you find me on youtube my nick name there is (Traybuff). See if we had the right idea from your advice.

        Thanks very much from

        • Sorry for the delay in my reply. I am in the middle of moving (just finished home-hunting, and am mostly packed), so I have not had time to watch your videos in their entirety. However, I did skip to the end of the second video to look at the finished corset, and I can also respond based on your written description. When I make my corsets, I stitch the core layers together using a stitch-the-ditch technique, and yes, the boning is set to the side of the seam, rather than directly under it. However, not all layers need to be stitched together along all seams. As I did with this corset, I often create a floating cover, which is only sewn to the core layers along the edges. What keeps it in place is the fact that it is the same size as the core. When worn there is no slack room between the layers, so the cover stays put.

          Your finished bodice does look very lovely, and I think some of the cleanliness of the shape would be lost if all the layers were sewn together along all seams. The piping also looks fantastic, and the hand-finishing is a necessity from time to time when corset making. The layers can get very thick and finicky once everything comes together, especially if you are sewing on a normal home machine. Overall, it looks like a fantastic outcome to your efforts. :)

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