Corset Pattern! Colette - an 18-panel waspie with bodice and bust options (halter-neck)
This is a modern 18-panel under-bust 'waspie' pattern with a beautiful curve to accentuate your waist with optional bust section. Sizes (UK) 10 -20 (US 6 - 16), halter section comfortably covers up to a size D bust (this section is NOT supportive). INCLUDES A 25 PAGE DOCUMENT OF CORSET CONSTRUCTION NOTES!
Note – a 2’’ back gap is factored into this pattern. If you would prefer your corset to close at the back, add 1’’ (25.4mm) to the edge of each panel 7 (the actual measurements will therefore be 2'' smaller than those detailed in the table below).
The corset length measures 24cm at the centre front and 24cm at the back. There is a reduction of 3'' at the waist applied to the standard sizes (see below).
This pattern is drafted in AutoCAD and available as an instant download - you will need to print out on size letter (A) or A4 paper, making sure 'actual size' and 'centre the print' is ticked in your print dialogue box. Instructions included.
Measurements in cm (inches) UK 10 12 14 16 18 20 USA 6 8 10 12 14 16 Continental (Europe) 38 40 42 44 46 48 Under-bust 76 (30") 81 (32") 86 (34") 91 (36") 97 (38'') 102 (40'') - measured at 7.5cm (3'') above the waistline Natural Waist 67 (27") 74 (29") 79 (31") 84 (33") 89 (35'') 94 (37'') - non-cinched measurement Cinched waist 61 (24'') 66 (26'') 71 (28'') 76 (30'') 81 (32'') 86 (34'') Hip 81 (31") 86 (33") 91 (35") 97 (37") 102 (39'') 107 (41'') - measured at 7.5 (3'') cm below the waistline
It is recommended that you make a toile to the largest of your measurements to check the fit of the pattern – at this stage you can take in the smaller of your measurements, lengthen or shorten if need be, and transfer these amendments to your pattern to ensure a perfect fitting corset!
Pattern idiosyncrasies: Only the waspie section performs as a corset – i.e. is boned and shapes the waist. The waspie bodice back section is carefully drafted to give some shoulder blade room, so follow these cutting lines carefully (i.e. don’t be tempted to straighten out the line).Add the under-bust band to the bust section and sew to the top of panels 1- 3 (lining up the seams). Strengthen the under-bust band with double layer coutil and interfacing – why not try cording too? Sew a bra ring to the top of the strap and join the bra elastic at this point. The bust sections are not supportive in any way – they are essentially a halter neck attachment. The dart on the large bust section should stop underneath the nipple or it will be too pointy in shape – amend this position when checking the fit at the toile stage. The bust section is suitable for bust sizes up to D comfortably
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