How to Make a Basic Ribbon Corset

How to Make a Basic Ribbon Corset, by Sidney Eileen

Cover the Busk Panel

On this corset the cover for the peg half of the busk needed to be wider than a single strip of ribbon, so I used a small zig-zag stitch to sew two lengths together edge-to-edge.  Anytime you need a wider strip than the actual ribbon, strips can be sewn edge-to-edge to create as much width as needed.

How to Make a Basic Ribbon Corset, by Sidney Eileen

How to Make a Basic Ribbon Corset, by Sidney Eileen

The two strips, sewn together.

Mark the locations of the pegs on the cover ribbon, using the seam as the fold-over point.

How to Make a Basic Ribbon Corset, by Sidney Eileen

Insert the pegs into the ribbon using a tapered awl.

How to Make a Basic Ribbon Corset, by Sidney Eileen

Fold the panel in half and stitch alongside the busk with a zipper foot, holding the ribbon cover strips tight against the edge of the panel. Stitch through all layers: ribbon, coutil, coutil, ribbon.

How to Make a Basic Ribbon Corset, by Sidney Eileen

There was a lot more excess ribbon on this panel compared to the hook side, so I flipped over the corset to sew from the back and tidy up the lining. While being careful to keep the front half of the panel clear of the stitching (you can see it pulled out to the right in this photo), I hand-folded the lining ribbon and edge stitched it to the coutil at the very edge of the panel.

How to Make a Basic Ribbon Corset, by Sidney Eileen

After securing the lining, I flipped the corset back over, folded the seam allowance and cover ribbon together, and edge stitched from the front just like with the hook half of the busk.

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