Waist trainers are the new Hollywood ‘it’ thing. Everyone has one, therefore all of us normal everyday people need one as well. They are sometimes sold for over $50, and sometimes over $100 for a designer one. I don’t know anyone who is actually able to afford one, so I thought I would look into making my own. There are numerous sites out there to teach us how, so this is what I have come up with so far.
1. Pick a pattern
You can make one on your own or find one at the store that you like. If you go to craft stores, they often have patters there. You can pick one up that suits you and what you want your waist cincher to achieve. Some women just want a cincher corset, while others want additional coverage and are looking for a steel bonnet corset. This way their waist and hips will be taken care of.
2. Cut the pattern
It is very important to follow the dotted line on the pattern. You want to make sure you cut it as accurately as possible so it fits you the best. If it is not exactly perfect, that is all right, but you want to try to be as accurate as possible.
3. Outline the seam
Once your pattern is cut, you will want to outline where the seam should be and where the boning/steel wire will go. I recommend you outline the seam in red and the boning/steel wire in blue so you are able to differentiate between the two colours. When outlining the seam, make sure you do it on the ends of the pattern (top and bottom) and do it 1 cm inside. When doing the boning/steel wire, make sure you mark where you want to put it later. This makes it easier for you in the long run.
4. Get your fabric.
Once you have everything cut out and outlined, trace the pattern around the fabric twice. It can be a nice sleek fabric that makes you feel beautiful, or it can be boring, everyday white. It does not matter so long as it is under your clothes. Proceed to then cut out the fabric (but leave 4 cm on the sides because of the boning) and add where the seam is and where the boning/steel wire belong.
5. Put it together
The patterns are labelled 1, 2, 3 and 4 so proceed to put them together in that order. One set will be R and the other set will be L. now connect the layers and begin to sow them together. I always recommend using bright colour thread so you can see what you are doing.
6. Sewn together
Once it is sewn together, (but not all the way around) you can put the boning/steel wire in. the line should be drawn on the fabric where it belongs. Place it on what will be the inside of the corset. This is what the extra material is for. Make sure the fabric goes around the wire perfectly and then sew it.
7. Finish construction
This is how you can personalize your corset. I recommend putting thread through the corset and tying it down like an old fashioned corset. You will achieve the best results this way. Just put holes on the ends and string the thread through. Place on and tighten it until you achieve that hour glass figure.
I am not a great seamstress, and will have problems constructing the corset. I recommend you watch a video that I have linked below to help you step by step when it comes to making your own waist cincher and corset. Best of luck and I hope it turns out great for you!