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Quick & Dirty Cosplay: Intro to Corsetry Drafting & Construction

Miranda Harper, Seamstress/Cosplayer

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10 Videos (1h 25m)
    • Welcome!

    • Supplies

    • Drafting Part 1

    • Drafting Part 2

    • Fitting and Adjustment Part 1

    • Fitting and Adjustment Part 2

    • Cutting Fabric + Sewing the Shell

    • Sewing the Boning and Lining

    • Edging

    • Lacing and Wrap Up


About This Class

Corsets are staples in many costumes; from renaissance faires to super heroes to burlesque. In this class, we'll make a very basic underbust corset. Since this is a costume corset and is beginner level, we'll be using plastic boning with a fabric cover. There is minimal waist cinching. This class is CHALLENGING. Are you ready?

You'll learn to draft a pattern using your measurements, fit the pattern and adjust to your body and learn construction of the corset. A basic knowledge of sewing is required and there is some math involved. Don't worry about the math! I promise I explain everything. If you're brand new to sewing, check out my Quick & Dirty Sewing: Machine Crash Course for a rundown of the foundations of sewing.

Supplies needed:

-Shell fabric: twill, bottom weight or home décor- 1/2yd

-Lining fabric: cotton broadcloth- 1/2yd

-Interfacing: fusible- 1/2yd

-Paper for drafting: packing paper, paper grocery bag

-Scrap fabric: any kind but something you can mark on

-Wide single-fold bias tape: 1 package

-Covered boning: 3 yds

-1/4” Grosgrain ribbon: by-the spool or 4yds

-Tape measure

-Scissors (small clipping scissors optional)

-Thread to match shell fabric

-Seam ripper

-Pencil, eraser, marking pen



-Grid ruler

-French curve ruler

Let's do this!

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This is more than just intro to corsetry, it's a start to finish amazing piece! Miranda is such a good teacher, too.
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Miranda Harper


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Well hey there! My name is Miranda and I teach sewing classes here on Skillshare. I've been sewing for almost 20 years, have degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising and been a freelance seamstress/designer/tailor for almost 8 years making everything from prom dresses to swim wear to cowboy vests. I also have a...

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