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The video above is the Valentine's Day episode of Threadheads, from Threadbanger. In it, you'll see the creation of a corset and a pair of boxer shorts, all using recycled fabrics. The Threadheads will also point you to some funny anti-Valentine stencils.

The following pages will be useful if you'd like to do any of the projects:

  • How to make a corset has the assembly process and finished photo.
  • Corset pattern teaches you to draft a custom pattern to your measurements.
  • The Boxers pattern could turn out to be really useful, particularly if you have access to a thrift store with a lot of solid-colored sheets.
  • The Extras page has the anti-Valentine stencil designs, plus lots of other Threadbanger goodness, like a widget for your blog that will automatically play the latest episode of Threadheads!

I had one quibble about the corset instructions in the video. Please join me after the break, where we'll talk a little more about undergarments.

Initially, I had a criticism about one of the garments in the video: the "corset" is not a real corset, in that it isn't rigid and boned (as it stands, it's more of a bodice, but I think people tend to say "corset" when they mean "bodice" -- "corset" is much more evocative).

You can see on the "how to" page that it gapes unevenly across the front. It happens where the body curves outwards, because there's no boning supporting the lacing and forcing the grommet panels to stay straight.

Most corsets would have boning channels vertically supporting the entire garment, all the way around the body, as in the photo to the right. They re-shape the figure in a way that's necessary if you want to wear any of the clothes that were, historically, worn over them.

This criticism would have been hasty. Corinne, one of the video's hosts, mentions in a comment that she thought boning was too advanced for this project: they will try to address it in a later episode.

So, this pattern is great if you just want the look of a corset, or would like a basic idea of how such a pattern goes together without having to do anything too fussy. It's not meant to be historical.

If you'd like your project to be more stable, try using a rigid cotton fabric like twill, canvas, or corset coutil as the lining, instead of stretchy fabric from an old t-shirt. It's not as easy to work with as thinner cloth might be, but it's a trade-off that you might be willing to make if you want your results to last longer.

(Photo: British corset from 1883.)

[suggested via CRAFT.]


  • Lindsey

    Thanks for blogging about Threadbanger's Valentine's Day episode. Glad you enjoy it!


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