Corset tops were traditionally for chest support for women. But through the years, these pieces have become the epitome of sexy attire. Try your hand at making your very own corset top.
Gather your supplies. To create a corset top, you’ll need the following:
- Two colors of fabric (one bright solid, one patterned)
- Measuring tape
- Satin ribbon (both thin and thick)
- Grommet punch and grommets
- Anything else you’d like to accessories your corset top with (ribbons, lace, patches, etc.)
Measure and cut the panels to your size. Using a measuring tape, measure your chest size in inches. Add 1" for the seam allowance. This is your total chest size. Then measure from your armpit to your waist (or your preferred length of your corset top) and again, add 1" for seam allowance. This is your corset length.
For your front panel, measure 9" – 11" out of the bright panel of fabric, depending on if your bust width is smaller or larger. Cut a rectangular piece of bright fabric that is your corset length across by this front panel size (9 "- 11") in length.
For your side panels, subtract the width of your front panel (9" – 11") from your chest size. Then subtract another 4" – 6" from that, depending on how wide you want the panel to be, or how open you want the back of your corset top to be. (If you prefer a wider opening at the back of your corset top, subtract 6".) However many inches you subtract from your side panel will be the amount of skin that is showing at the back of your corset top. In this case, it will be 6". Measure the amount onto your other fabric (patterned), and cut a rectangular piece that is your side panel size across by your corset length. Once cut, fold this piece in half and cut along the fold to create two identical side panels.
Sew your panels together. Now you are ready to assemble your corset top. Start by straight stitching your left side panel to your front panel, and then stitch on your right front panel. When attaching a panel to the front of your corset top, first lay the panel face down on the front of the corset top and then start stitching. This way, when you fold the pieces open, you won’t have a visible seam. You can add a zigzag seam above your straight stitch if you want to avoid any rough edges fraying on your corset top.
Add the hem. Now you need to add the hem to the sides and top of your single panel. Fold a ½" hem along the top of your corset, with the extra material folded to the inside of your corset top. Iron this edge flat so that you can ensure a straight edge. Then sew a straight stitch the entire length of your corset top. Do the same with the bottom and the sides of your corset top. Once completed, no sides of your corset top should have rough edges.
Attach ribbon to the front of your corset. Fold your ribbon in half and lay the middle of it on the bottom of your front panel. Pin it in place. Like a shoelace, angle each side of the ribbon upward to either edge of the front panel, creating a criss-cross pattern as you go. Pin each spot that you fold your ribbon. Continue this pattern all the way up your corset top, and then sew the ribbon in place at each fold once you are happy that the ribbon is even. Tie the remaining ribbon in a bow at the top of your corset top.
Add grommets. Now you can add the grommets to the back of your corset top. Lay out your grommets first to see what look you want to create at the back of your corset top. Then punch that amount of holes in both sides. Make sure you keep the grommet holes an equal distance apart.
Once the grommets are in place, you just need to lace the back ribbon through. Use the thicker ribbon for this, and create a criss-cross pattern identical to the front of your corset top. Finish up by adding any extra ribbons or embellishments, and show off your corset top with pride.