Tips for sewing corsets from Julia at Sew Curvy

Tips for sewing corsets from Julia at Sew Curvy

Tonight in the UK, sees 7 amateur Seamsters grappling with corset making for the first time on The Great British Sewing Bee! EEK!

So is corsetry easy peasy, or devilishly hard? I asked Julia Bremble from Sew Curvy,  Author of an amazing Corsetry book for her top tips. Here’s what she said.

“Making a corset is not as difficult as it first seems.  If you can sew in a straight line, then you can sew a corset!  In the olden days, before machines were invented, people stitched their corsets by hand, however, these days I’d recommend a good sturdy mid-range sewing machine capable of sewing through many layers or a good vintage Singer machine.  Most modern corsetry is based upon the styles of the Victorian and Edwardian eras which have the archetypal hourglass shape.  Don’t be fooled by the small looking waist!  Cutting techniques in modern corsetry,  means that a corset is comfortable and curvy!
My top tips and tricks for best results are:
  • Be as accurate as you can, use sharp marking tools, a good tape measure and be absolutely meticulous with your cutting.  Mark the waist and stitching lines on the wrong side of each of your corset panel pieces.
  • Be organised – make sure you keep all your corset panels sorted in order in seprate piles for each side (left and right) and make sure you mark them so you know which way up they are.
  • Iron your work after stitching your seams but do not use steam.  If you use steam, you may shrink panels but ironing is important before adding boning tape in order to get a smooth and curvy finish.
  • Keep the working pattern to hand incase of mix ups.
  • Make sure all your tools are sharp – new blades for rotary cutters, new needles for the sewing machine, a new stitch unpicker,  and strong, sharp pins will all help you.
  • Stitch slowly and use a quilting foot for measuring and stitching even bone channels.

Julia has very kindly offered to giveaway a copy of her new Corset pattern, The Sophia, so if Corsetry is on your sewing Bucket list, then keep an eye out for details of how to enter a competition to win this fabulous pattern!

Sophia Corset

Happy Stitching :)


  • omobolanle

    16.05.2015 at 09:50

    do you have classes for making a corset?

    • The Thrifty Stitcher

      21.05.2015 at 22:49


      Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I don’t teach corsetry, but there’s a fab place in Oxford called sew curvy who do amazing courses

      Best wishes:)

      • The Thrifty Stitcher

        21.05.2015 at 22:51

        Hello Katherine,

        Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and for your lovely compliment. The beauty of dressmaking is that the sky really is the limit.

        happy stitching :)

  • Linda Johnson

    26.02.2015 at 11:13

    How do I get one of your corset patterns?

    • The Thrifty Stitcher

      26.02.2015 at 14:43


      The corset pattern giveaway will be announced soon

      Best wishes:)