PDF Corset Pattern size Medium, Printable Victorian Corset Sewing Pattern for Civil War, Bustle Era, Romantic, Instructions Included

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This listing is for an individually-sized, printable PDF Victorian Corset pattern in SIZE MEDIUM (see last photo for size chart). These patterns are based on historical extant corsets, but the draft is our own, adapted to fit a modern woman of average proportion. This corset pattern is a good starting point for Victorian, Civil War, Romantic, and Bustle Era costumes. Sizes XS-XXL have 10 panels (5 each side), Plus sizes have 12 panels. Designed for steel boning and front busk closure. An instruction booklet is included with photographic how-to instructions. We also include a supply resources sheet with US and UK based corsetry supplier recommendations and general research sources.

This pattern is recommended for those with moderate-advanced historical sewing skills. Corsets are not beginner projects.

We suggest printing the instruction portion of your file first, looking it over, and then printing the pattern. Patterns print on approx. 14 pages depending on size, and will need to be taped together once printed.

See final photo for size chart. Be sure to select the appropriate size, and contact us if you have any questions. You can also order custom pattern drafts elsewhere on the site if you are outside the standard range. If you are between two sizes, I recommend ordering the smaller size. This pattern is meant for historical costuming and is not intended for extreme waist training or tight lacing applications.

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This pattern may not be re-printed/copied for distribution or re-sale, according to US copyright law. Items made from this pattern may be used as consumer sees fit, including commercially. Due to the immediate, downloadable nature of this pattern, no returns, refunds, or exchanges will be granted once the files have been downloaded.

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In all cases, you MUST contact us before making a return. Unauthorized returns cannot be guaranteed a refund or replacement, though we do our best to make our customers happy, and will certainly work with you.

In-stock items are returnable for 100% of the cost, minus return postage. Must be put in return post within 30 days of receipt, with tracking number. Must be returned in original like-new condition. Items damaged from abuse or inappropriate wear, as well as items that have obviously been worn to an event, are not returnable.

Custom items are returnable completely for 50% of the original price, because of the lessened chance of re-sale. Must be returned in original new condition. Items damaged from abuse or inappropriate wear, as well as items that have obviously been worn to an event, are not returnable. We are not responsible for fitting problems due to inaccurate measurements, weight gain/loss, pregnancy, or other body changes. Must be put in return post within 7 days of receipt, with tracking number.

(Items made specifically for you, to your measurements): We want you to be absolutely satisfied with the fit of your custom item. Because of this, we go above and beyond industry standard and allow one return for minor fitting fixes at no extra labor cost. In this case, Buyer pays insured & tracked return postage.

We are happy to make adjustments to in-stock items before shipping, for an additional fee. Please contact us to discuss your ideas/needs.

Additional policies

***What is your turn-around time for custom orders?
Usually about 4-7 weeks for individual corset orders, but we keep our schedule flexible to allow for last minute projects. Contact us for current scheduling.

***Do you take other orders besides corsets?
We make a wide range of costumes for theatre. We try to keep our focus on corsets for private clients, however, we do the occasional full historical ensemble or bridal order. If you have a fabulous idea, do let us know!

***How do I measure for a corset?
Take your measurements over a supportive but lightly padded or unpadded bra, and ideally get someone to help you. Keep the measuring tape horizontal to the floor. Measure your natural waist at the space between your ribs and your hips, usually at or just above navel. If you have a hard time finding it, bend to the side. Where your body naturally creases is your natural waist.

***How do I pick a size?
Your corset should be at least 2-4” smaller than your measurements, and more if you're very “squishy”. Larger women can frequently lace down more than smaller women. Victorian hourglass type corsets can lace in tighter than 18th Century Stays, Tudor Stays, and Regency. For reference, the models for our current standard white corsets are wearing the same size (M and 20, respectively) in all styles.

Our corsets are designed for a moderate reduction of 2”-4” and can be worn closed or with a lacing gap of 2-4” as well. The gaps are a bit large on some of our models, because the realities of photoshoots mean we do not have the time to slowly and safely lace down to full reduction.

If you have any sizing questions, contact us with your measurements prior to purchase.

***How do I wear my corset?
Your corset will come with wearing instructions. I suggest wearing corsets over a chemise, camisole, or other “liner” as this is more comfortable and it protects the corset from body oils and sweat.

It is important to lace down slowly the first few times you wear your corset. This allows the corset to “season” to your body as the fibers adjust a bit to your specific shape, and for you to get accustomed to the feel of wearing it. Therefore, it is best to wear your corset a few times for a few hours each before wearing it to a full costume event. When tightening a corset, keep the lacing gap as even and parallel as possible to avoid damaging the center back bones.

Hourglass corsets (Victorian, S-Bend, Titanic) lace to the waist. There are two loops of lacing called “rabbit ears.” This is where you should tighten from—do not undo the bottom lacing knot or tighten from the bottom. ALWAYS loosen the lacing before fastening or unfastening the busk. Busks are sturdy when they are fully done up, but the individual studs can break under pressure if the lacing is not loosened.

***How do I care for my corset?
Your corset will come with wear and care instructions. Generally, the white all-cotton corsets can be hand washed in warm water with mild detergent and then air dried. The steel boning is galvanized and will not rust as long as it isn't left to soak. Remove wooden busks and lacings first. Corsets with reed boning, fancy fashion fabric, or other ornamentation should be dry cleaned only by an experienced cleaner. All corsets can be spritzed on the inside with a mix of water and vodka as a deodorizer.

Store your corset over a hanger, or gently rolled in a drawer. Avoid putting anything heavy on it which might bend or damage the boning.

***How “Accurate” are your corsets?
Our corsets are historically accurate in silhouette and patterning (except for certain more avant-garde fashion corsets). We use modern materials when necessary to approximate historical products which are no longer available, such as whalebone. We use grommets for all corsets because they are sturdy and economical, but these did not exist until the 19<sup>th</sup> century. We are happy to do hand bound eyelets instead by request on custom orders. Our construction techniques are a blend of historical methods and modern theatrical methods. We choose one or the other by taking into consideration durability, visual appeal, and construction ease. All corsets are machine stitched.

***Why are your corsets so expensive? I can get one on Amazon for $40.
All of our corsets are handmade in small batches or one at a time in our studio in the USA. That immediately raises our overhead costs significantly when compared to the mass manufactured corsets made in Pakistan or China which are churned out in factories by the thousands. We also use top-quality materials and focus on providing excellent fit and historical accuracy. Our custom sizes are drafted specifically to fit you. You can't get that from Amazon.

***Why do your plus sizes cost more than your standard sizes?
Believe us, we wish they didn't have to cost more, because we understand how frustrating the current fashion market is for plus size women. However, our plus sizes are quite different from the standard range. They are different drafts, not simply scaled-up versions of standard sizes. We've taken care to add more boning and in some cases more seams to help with fit and support. All of this comes at an additional material and labor cost.

Large manufacturers are able to absorb the cost of the extra fabrics and materials used in plus sizing across their entire size range--the XS helps pay for the 2X etc. When you're manufacturing 1,000 or 10,000 pieces, that works. However, this is simply not possible at our small scale. We've done our best to keep the pricing differences as low as possible.

***Can I visit your studio? Do you have a retail storefront?
The Redthreaded location in Louisville, CO is a working studio, not a retail storefront. However, we are happy to arrange fittings and studio visits by appointment.