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Glossy ribbon corset

Added Jun 17, 2011

by hanlight

Portsmouth, Unit...






This is my second underbust corset project made using the Laughing Moon Underbust Corset pattern, this time I made a ribbon corset.

The panels are PVC backed onto coutil and rather than satin ribbons I used printed cotton ribbon. I have picked out the angles of the ribbons using satin and grosgrain ribbon attached with basic hand embroidery. The lining is cotton.

I learnt a lot making this, especially that PVC is a tough fabric to work with – totally unforgivable, un-ironable and cannot be pinned easily. This may be the last time I use it!
I also found out that my 1923 Singer is the best for boning channels and doesn’t get stuck to the PVC like my modern machine. It is my new best friend.

Material Notes

PVC, steel boning, cotton, ribbon




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Cotton, Eyelet, Other

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    Jun 19, 2011, 03.44 PMby helenadoll

    This is stunning, I love it and want one for myself! Ribbon corsets have always looked confusing to me, are they as confusing as they look? Love the cupcake lining too! great job :)

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      Jun 19, 2011, 08.21 PMby hanlight

      Thankyou!! I would say it was easier than a typical corset and the laughing moon pattern has very clear instructions. Give it a go! :0)

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    Jun 18, 2011, 07.33 PMby Tokie Ang

    great job!! :D

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    Jun 18, 2011, 05.51 PMby xxmazenxx

    The corset is beautifully done. Very creative use of the ribbon.

    Not sure if you’ve tried it, but putting a piece of tape (Masking tape works well, just make sure you leave the middle open for the needle) under the foot will help when sewing pvc. It keeps it from sticking to the machine (most machines have a TEFLON foot attachment you can buy as well for fabric that is slick or sticks). In the past I’ve also tried the tissue paper method and the baby powder method to keep pvc/vinyl from sticking while sewing it. I wouldn’t suggest pinning pvc since the holes are slow to close up but a standard stapler is handy and usually leaves tiny holes that will close up. When storing unused pieces of pvc/vinyl make sure you roll it up instead of folding it and it will keep creases and folds at bay. Hope you decide to give pvc another chance because your work so far is truly lovely.
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      Jun 19, 2011, 08.16 PMby hanlight

      Thankyou for your lovely comments and very helpful tips. Maybe I’ll give PVC another chance! I quite fancy making a pencil skirt when I get the chance.

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    Jun 18, 2011, 08.53 AMby sarahuk4

    the inside looks as beautiful as the outside, gorgeous!

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    Jun 17, 2011, 07.54 PMby tirrs

    loving it. so cute

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    Jun 17, 2011, 11.20 AMby Geeky Seamstress

    beautiful! I need to get my finger out and do a corset, I think it’s great!

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    Jun 17, 2011, 10.50 AMby tranquiltornado

    This is absoloutely beautiful, so much work and detail! Great job!

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      Jun 17, 2011, 10.52 AMby hanlight

      Thankyou so much! :o)

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