Corset pattern and instructions

I made myself a victorian corset and it wasn't even hard ;)
Try for yourself with these instructions for drafting your own pattern and sewing it (or you can use my pattern if you have similar measurements).
As this is a pattern you may need to draft yourself, there are no seam allowances!
So there you go:


  1. THANK YOU for posting this! I've just started going to local steampunk events and I haven't ever made a corset before, but I've always wanted to. I think now I'll give it a shot!

  2. Thanks for the pattern! I've always wanted to try to make vintage underwear. Just one question (if you have time to answer): Where can I buy busk and boning for corsets?

  3. Hi Tove, I hope you'll be able to see this reply. I bought mine at this German site:

    Another great site for corset supplies is this one:

    Otherwise just google it, should be easy to find!

  4. will you be posting a bustle or petticoat pattern??

  5. Yes, I am planning to, at least for the bustle. I have the pattern drawn up mostly, but I have to "test sew" it first and write the instructions and I hate writing instructions... But I'll post it here as soon as it's done!

  6. I am an experienced seamstress trying to make my daughter's wedding corset and I am having fitting problems. I have tried two different patterns: Simplicity 5006 and Butterick 4254
    My first problem is that I cannot get any push-up effect in the bust.
    Second, when I elongate the pattern to get the look she wants, the bottom front edge stands away from the body, even when I reduce the bottom circumference. We are not using a busk, only a 3/4" front stay, with double spring steel stays at each seam. For the Simplicity 5006 (made two different toiles), I used double spiral steel stays in the princess line; for the Butterick 4254 (have only made one toile), the corset is boned up to the bust. I plan to change the cup size, location, and shape to encompass her breasts (D) and long waistedness but am afraid I will continue to have the front stick-out problem.
    My third worry is about the brocade skirt she will wear under the corset: how do I keep it from bunching when the corset is closed? I have thought about using a tight elastic waist, a drawstring waist, or a power-net lining to keep the skirt snug.
    Here is a link to a photo of the look she is after: (It is the first photo top left - pink with Venice Lace, bridal album). Is there help for me?
    thanks, Kathi

    1. Hi Kathi, for some reason your comment only shows up on the mobile version of my blog, so I'm having trouble writing you a proper long answer... Can I contact you any other way besides via this comment? Maybe you could write to me via my burdastyle account, so I can directly email you?
      All the best,

  7. Plancke JulietteJune 1, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    please can you translate instructions corset in french ?

  8. Sorry, I won't be able to do that, my French is really bad.

    Have a look at this

    or try googleing yourself. There are tons of instructions out there.

  9. Plancke JulietteJune 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    thank you, merci!

  10. Hi,
    Sewing is something I've always wanted to learn so when I saw your blog I got very inspired and decided to do this corset. I'm not familiar with all of the words but there is one thing in particularly I did not understand. Do you think you can describe what a "busk" is? I'm from Sweden so if you happen to know the Swedish word that would be perfect, if not, am mostly greatful for a simple explaination :)

  11. Hi Frida, great to hear from you! A busk is what is the kind of closure that is common for corsets (the one in the front). An online dictionary gave me "planschett" as the Swedish translation, which I think is the right word... Here is a picture to be sure:

    Have fun sewing!

  12. I didn't quite understand the dashed line measurements in the drafting part of the instructions. From where do I get the first bust and hip measurements for the second panel? And how do I use that to calculate the measurements of the next panel?
    Sorry, I'm not used to following sewing instructions :/
    Thanks for your last reply. It was really helpful.

  13. Hi Sarah, I can read the instructions on how to make the corset but I cannot see the pattern. Can you please repost it (or send it to my by e-mail)? I would love to try and make one myself.

  14. Hi Sarah, I think I'm having the same problem as Mijke. When I click the pattern link it opens my pdf viewer but the pages that comeup are completely blank. I'd love to try the pattern so if you could email it to me ( that would be absolutely wonderful of you

  15. If you open the PDF it comes up blank but if you then download it to your computer it works fine :)


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