I would suggest sticking to at least an inch smaller than this measurement. We all know you get what you pay for in the world of custom corsetry and the cost of a corset is directly proportional to it’s quality, how long it lasts, how comfortable it is and how small you can lace down comfortably with it. When you bend it and let go it ‘springs’ back, which is where sprung steel boning gets its name. But ideas for fabrics, colors, decoration and even corset pattern designs can come from anywhere. An Awl will allow the busk to poke through the fabric on the other side.

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A bodice, especially an Elizabethan one is not designed to do this and does not follow the contours of the body in a way that would make this comfortable. Here you’ll find a link to my free corset pattern to make it easier for you to get started if you’re making a corset on a budget (see also the free pattern download button in the section above) as well as a pattern offer I’ve put together to make progressing your skills a little bit cheaper. On the hips designs will give more freedom of movement while over the hips corsets will support your tummy. A partially boned bodice pattern is more

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