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.
Mira Metzler

I Teach Makeup @Skillshare





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 day job as a graphic designer and I love to paint, cook, watch comic book TV shows and hang out with my dog.

I think sewing is an incredible skill that everyone should have even if all you do is replace buttons and hem pants. Those things are important. When you take my classes, you'll learn basic skills to transfer to other sewing projects and I'll throw in a few industry tips to make your sewing life easier. Enjoy!