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Waist Cincher Pattern Instructions
Last Updated: 09/09/2016
Waist Cincher Corset Pattern Instructions
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Start by looking over the pattern pieces and familiarize yourself with the markings. For example: there are 4 pieces, note the Centre Front (CF) line, Busk length, Cut x #, size indicators on the sides, grain lines etc. Next, read all the instrucitons…I know, what a drag, but it will help!

The notches serve two purposes; they indicate which piece the pattern is and they are matching points to connect the pieces. They are important.

Sizes indicate the waist measure of the corset pattern…which is designed to be 4” smaller than the body waist measurement, that the corset will fit. Example: a corset pattern marked size 26 will measure 26” from the CF (center front) line to the CB (center back) when all the pieces are put together…this is the size you need if you have a 30” waist [26” + 2” gap between the center back pieces + 2” reduction of your waist = 30”). To determine the pattern size that you need to use, subtract 4” from your waist measurement. If your waist is not an even number – example: if your waist is 31” (31 – 4 = 27) you can use either the size 26 or 28…I would suggest using the size 28 as you can always take it in.

Note: Your waist it ABOVE your belly button and below your ribcage!

You will need some basic tools to make this corset:

  • · sewing machine
  • · number 14 sewing machine needle (should be a new one)
  • · regular foot for sewing machine
  • · zipper foot for sewing machine
  • · scissors
  • · awl
  • · grommet setter
  • · a grid ruler that you can see through
You will need some not so basic materials:
  • · a busk (front clasp) in 8,9 or 10” length depending on pattern size
  • · bones – your choice of synthetic whale bone, spiral or spring steel
  • · grommets (for the back)
  • · foundation fabric – coutil is the professional choice….but 100% cotton poplin is an option
  • · fashion fabric and trim are optional
  • · poster board from the dollar store & glue stick(optional)

These patterns DO NOT include seam allowances – you may choose to use 3/8” for narrow easy to bind seam allowances but I recommend using 1” seam allowances to make your mock-up. You can trim the seam allowances down after you’ve done your alterations. Using 1” seam allowance gives you lots of room to adjust the fit of the corset. NOTE: the top and bottom edges do not get seam allowance added – these get bound so are already at the “finished” length. If you add to the top and/or bottom it will change the length of busk you need as well as the length of bones (not an issue if you’re cutting your bones from a coil of boning).

These pages of instructions are for basic construction and do not include steps for invisible or decorative bone casings or for piped bindings or floating busks. The maroon corset was made for my Craftsy Class; “Custom Corsets, Bones,Casings and Busks” and you can find more advanced information if you take the class

· The pattern pieces can be printed on any printer and requires standard size ( 8 ½ x 11) printer paper

· There is a 1” x 1” square on the sheets – check that it does measure 1” x 1” (do not use “scale to fit page” printing option). See page 12 for instructions to print if your squares are not 1”

· The patterns are sold in 3 size groupings; size 18-26, size 28-36, and size 38-46

· They fit waist dimensions 22”- 30”, 32”- 40” and 42”- 50” respectively

· You will receive the size group that you ordered – one group only as each group is a single file

· The patterns DO NOT include Seam Allowance!!! (see instructions below to add “SA”)

· Some size groups may have pattern pieces that extend beyond the standard size printer paper – this will require you to tape two pieces together. These are clearly marked.

  1. Tape any pieces together that need to be – this is only required for larger sizes where the pattern pieces don’t fit on a single sheet of paper.
  2. Using a marker or highlighter draw around the pattern size you will be using. Don’t cut it out until after you have added seam allowance.


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