How to Make a Sport Mesh Corset

How to Make a Sport Mesh Corset, by Sidney Eileen

Add Support Ribbon or Tape

How to Make a Sport Mesh Corset - 13, by Sidney Eileen

Pin the support ribbon in place along its entire length before sewing.

Next I added support ribbon along the curves of the hip and the ribs.  To do this I stretched each side across my thigh (yes, this corset fits on my thigh) so I could pin the ribbon in such a way that it smoothly followed the contours of the corset.

How to Make a Sport Mesh Corset - 14, by Sidney Eileen

Make sure both halves match before sewing.

Then I carefully made sure the ribbon was in the exact same location on both halves of the corset.

How to Make a Sport Mesh Corset - 15, by Sidney Eileen

Pin, match, and sew any additional support ribbons.

After sewing down that ribbon on both halves, I repeated the process for the ribbon along the top of the hip.  Your support ribbons do not have to be located in the same places as mine, so long as the waist of the corset is fully supported, especially if it will be used for tight lacing.

How to Make a Sport Mesh Corset - 17, by Sidney Eileen

Set the busk panel, and stitch down the ends of the ribbons.

Next I took the busk and finished sewing together the front panel where the hook side of the busk belongs. That finalized the locations of the hooks, so I could stitch down the ends of the ribbons in such a way that they would not block or interfere with the hooks.

I likewise stitched down the ends at the grommet side of the corset, and trimmed the excess.

For full details on how to prepare the busk panel, see my tutorial How to Insert a Busk.

How to Make a Sport Mesh Corset - 18, by Sidney Eileen

Pin, match, and stitch down the support ribbons for the top and bottom edges.

Next I stitched the top and bottom support ribbons in place.  They both extended a bit past what would ultimately be the top and bottom edges of the corset, and were stitched down to the coutil in exactly the same manner as the earlier two support ribbons.  After stitching down ribbon on one half of the corset, I used a ruler to mark the exact location on the other half before attaching its ribbons.  Sport mesh is so malleable that having the support ribbon in place before edging the corset makes like infinitely easier.

 

4 thoughts on “How to Make a Sport Mesh Corset

  1. Hi Sydney! Love your tutorials. Would you happen to still have the pattern for this? I’m teaching myself to make corsets (almost done with the first!) and would love this for the summer.

  2. Hi Sidney!

    When I work with materials that refuse to hold chalk marks or anything like that, I always have a roll of blank adhesive paper labels. You can put the sticker on the panel, and mark with a pen or pencil over the label (unless the fabric won’t hold the adhesive as well…).

    Thank you for the amazing tutorial. I will be trying to do one of these Mesh Corsets soon!

    <3

    • I never thought to use adhesive labels! That’s a wonderful idea, and it would probably work fantastic for this. Thank you very much for sharing the idea, and I hope you’ll share the fruits of your labor when it’s finished. I’d love to see what you make. :)

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