Coutil Corset Fabric
We stock the traditional herringbone coutil and the more contemporary brocade coutil and satin coutil. Use herringbone coutil for the inside layer and brocade or satin coutil for the exterior layer for a very durable corset.
For more information on coutil and laundering; scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Our coutil is sold by the centimeter to allow you to buy as little or as much as you need. We do recommend that you allow yourself a bit of room for pattern placement and suggest you order in 50cm increments. 50cm, 100cm,150cm etc.
NOTE: 50cm is approximately 1/2 yard, 100cm(1m) is approximately 1 yard, so if you need 1 yard - order 100cm. The system will not allow decimals so you must type full numbers into the quantity box.
Please Note: Colours show up differently on every computer screen and some of our new images may not appear as they did on the old website. No coutil product has had a dramatic change in colour but dye lots may vary slightly.
If you run into roadblocks while working with our coutil, we have a vast knowledge base of tips, addressing common creation problems, as well as step-by-step instructions. If you happen to be in our area, we would love for you to join us for an in-store Corset class!
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Coutil is corset fabric that has been designed specifically for corseting. If you’re looking for cotton coutil, our selection is high in cotton content, tightly woven to inhibit penetration of bones/stays and is not inclined to stretch. It has a smooth finish and is comfortable when worn close to the skin, though the wearing of a chemise or modern type undershirt is always recommended. Our selection of corset fabric includes satin coutil, herringbone coutil, and corset brocade and we stock primarily black, white and flesh; the white is dyeable - success at dyeing varies with skill.
herringbone coutil #74-1140-01/90/20 is an extremely fine coutil with a barely discernable pattern and it's identical to herringbone coutil I've seen in late 1800's vintage cortets. It's very thin, yet strong and it's quite stiff. It weighs 270 grams/square meter which is surprisingly heavy for such a thin fabric, the weight is accounted for by the density.
Farthingales has the widest selection of
coutil on-line and we only sell "true" coutil manufactured specifically for corset making. Our colour selection may be limited but you are assured this is coutil is not just being promoted as coutil. The "Spot" coutil #74-1155-01/90 is popular with many theater/opera & ballet companies around the world due to it's beauty, ease to work with and durability. The brocade coutil are also surprisingly durable; the rose pattern #74-1148- makes an exceptional evening gown bodice lining - build the corset into the dress as brocade coutil helps add structure, safely encase bones and the gown looks almost as stunning on the inside. We now have a few couture designers using these for exactly this purpose, #74-1130-20 has been the most popular followed by 74-1153-20, possibly because they are both "nude" colour and beautiful quality.
Yes, coutil can be machine washed - HOWEVER, it is not wash n wear so you do need to press it. It's best to press the coutil either while it is damp or using plenty of steam, especially the brocades. Keep in mind that pressing a corset is a much larger challenge than pressing a piece of fabric. I rarely wash my coutil, neither do many theatres as the corsets will be dry cleaned - at the end of the season. NOTE: coutil will shrink if washed in hot water and dried, shrinkage is about 6%.
bone casing tape to match the coutil. Our beige bone casing tape was dyed to match the beige coutil. Bone casing tapes also come in black and white.