Wednesday, February 19, 2014

How to sew a corset - The last panel

My title sounds a bit melodramatic, right? Well, this panel just takes a bit of extra work, so I thought I'd do it separately...

We left the corset with all pieces sewn together and the two layers of the last panel flopping around happily in the air:

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This is about to change as the layers will now be folded to the inside exactly to the line markings on the pattern piece.

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I usually do the outer layer first and then the lining. When you are done, pin them together! Please be careful that the lining doesn't peak out, maybe let the outer layer overlap a mm:

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The you need to sew 4 lines:
  1. very close to the outer boundary of the corset. You can either use the zipper foot for this or -if you feel like an sewing expert or like to live dangerously- simply sew very narrowly to the edge.
  2. The next line need to be 6mm (in my case that is exactly 1/2 width of my normal presser foot) away from the outer seam.
  3. The third line is 6mm away from the second seam. Between seam 2 and 3 the grommets will be inserted
  4. The fourth and last line is again 6mm away from the third seam.
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They will be later used like this:

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Now your corset is almost done! The next (and last) steps will involve heavy metal and bias tape...