How to Make a Corset Using the Welt-Seam Method

How to Make a Corset Using the Welt-Seam Method, by Sidney Eileen

Finishing Details

Grommet the corset.  Space your grommets evenly down the length of the corset, or more closely space the two grommets at the waist and evenly space the rest of the grommets.  3/4” or 1” widths work well.

Create the hole for each grommet using a tapered awl, and set the grommets using a setter.  Most hardware stores and corset sewing suppliers sell grommet kits which include a setter and some grommets.

My fully detailed tutorial is How to Grommet By Hand.

 

Add lacing and it’s ready to wear.

To estimate the length of lacing you will need, decide how wide you want your corset back to open.  If you have a front opening, this is usually the lacing gap plus waist reduction plus an extra 2”-4”.  If you have no front opening, it needs to be wide enough to allow the corset to be slipped on over the head.

Take the maximum back opening width and multiply it by the total number of grommets down the back of the corset.  That is the length of lacing you will need.

Start at the top of the back of the corset and, keeping both ends of the lacing even, lace your way down the back of the corset following the diagram.  Tie it off at the bottom.

My fully detailed tutorial is How to Lace a Corset.

How to Make a Corset Using the Welt-Seam Method, by Sidney Eileen

 

 

 

If you want to add a backing bone to your busk, it may be added anytime after the edging is finished.  How to Add a Double-Busk

You can also make a lacing panel to give your corset a completely finished appearance, front to back.  How to Make a Boned Lacing Panel

 

How to Make a Corset Using the Welt-Seam Method, by Sidney Eileen

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