Dawn’s Corset Class: Where to get supplies

I frequently am asked where to get supplies for corset-making. Some supplies you can likely find locally, where as others you’ll likely need to order online. My list is Calgary and Alberta-specific; if you live in other places and want to buy locally you’ll need to do some additional web-searching.

Fabrics

Close up on the silk and sheer lace overlay on the purple silk corset

Close up on the silk and sheer lace overlay on the purple silk corset

  • Fabricland – for pvc, brocade, cottons, velveteen, etc
  • Quilting shops – for cool cotton prints
  • Fabric.com – for pretty much every kind of fabric
  • Fabric-store.com – for linens (for historical corsetry)
  • Farthingales online – for coutil and other fabrics
  • Up in Edmonton I also like Marshall’s for Fabrics.

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Throwback Thursday: Off-white silk corset

Back of the white silk overbust corset

Back of the white silk overbust corset

I’m calling this a Throwback Thursday because this is actually a corset I made a while ago (so I don’t have any work-in-progress photos either). I made this to sell, back when I was hoping to get commissions for custom work (I’m not looking to do custom work anymore).

Last week I showed off a white silk corset using gorgeous sheer embroidered fabric, and this corset uses the same beautiful fabric!

A bit about this corset:

This is an off-white overbust corset with a variety of textures on the outside. Some panels are white silk with sheer cream silk with cream and silver swirly embroidery. Other panels are off-white shantung silk with applied satin ribbon. The ribbon is a darker cream. Other panels are plain off-white shantung silk.

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Shortening a too-long corset

Frequently I hear more from people with long torsos looking for long corsets, and less for short-waisted people looking for shorter corsets….

Now.. shortening a too-long corset won’t actually work as purchasing a corset that is designed for a short waist (proportions and all of that) but this video has a visual tutorial on how to shorten an overbust corset down into an underbust corset.

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