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Jacci Jaye's Corset Pattern

Added Feb 14, 2011

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






This pattern download and tutorial is a cinch— literally! Say hello to your inner Rockstar Warrior Princess: Jacci Jaye Fredenburg is an accomplished Costume Designer and Stylist, working in theater, film, television, and print. Jacci also has a fierce line of corsets which are elegant and classy, yet sexy and powerful. These are not just articles of clothing, but rather, about a lifestyle. Jacci’s clients have included rockstars, models, television personalities, pin-up models, and burlesque performers. You can view her collection by visiting Jacci Fredenburg.

This pattern is a size 4/6. If you need to draft the pattern to your size, please refer to the grading tutorials below, it’s simple! We want to thank Jacci for sharing one of her corset patterns with the BurdaStyle community— and for giving us a happy Valentine’s Day treat!

Material Notes

Decorative outer/fashion fabric: 1 yard. You can use any durable, non-stretch woven fabric like cotton, silk, twill or linen.

Lining: 1 yard. Recommendation: Coutil (also spelled coutille) which is a woven cloth created specifically for making corsets— but any woven like cotton or cotton blend works as well; such as canvas, duck, or twill.

Busk (also spelled busque): The rigid element of a corset placed at the center front and also serves as a closure. 1 pair.

Boning: The corset pictured here has 20 spiral steel bones, you will need 2 bones / seam, as well as 4 for the back panel and 2 for the front.

Heavy-weight fusible interfacing, all-purpose thread, corset lacing, grommets, grosgrain ribbon or twill tape.



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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear, Punk, Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Shirting, Silk


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    Apr 21, 2014, 09.41 PMby HoiLei

    Thank you Jacci Jaye for the wonderful download! For my first try at corsetry, this was a great resource… lots of straight seams and helpful photographic instructions, no gores or gussets to perplex me. I am very happy with my results. So, since I have made the corset from the pattern with no alterations, I would like to make a few notes for people who may download it in the future:

    Yes, pattern piece number 4 is upside down; the shorter side needs to be an interior seam, sewn to Piece 3. Look at the pictures in the instructions pdf and you’ll see it rotated correctly. Simply rotate the piece and relabel it. I made sure to cut the new top with one notch and the new bottom with two, to avoid carrying the confusion into the next step.

    The waist line on Piece 1 is in the wrong spot. When pinning the pieces together I started by lining up the waist lines, but the line on Piece 1 threw everything off. I eventually ignored it and made Piece 1 fit Piece 2 by matching their corners. The waistlines on the other three pieces match fine once Piece 4 is rotated to its correct orientation.

    I am not sure how anyone could fit “four [bones] in the back panel and two in the front”… pieces 4 and 1 are not sized for it. This is how I placed the bones: I put one bone on each side of each interior seam (12 bones total), 2 bones around the grommets at the back to stabilize them (4 bones total), a single bone in Piece 2’s center (2 bones total) and a single bone in Piece 3’s center (2 bones total). That accounts for all 20 bones. To secure the boning in the channels, I flossed top and bottom with embroidery floss before the final binding.

    Each pattern piece has a seam allowance all the way around, even though there’s no seam on the top and bottom. This confused me because when I made my mock-up, I didn’t know if I should be turning the top and bottom seam allowances under to get an idea of the finished size. As it turned out, I liked the shape and size better with those allowances not turned under, so I let them be. It was not a problem since the extra at top and bottom was easily covered by the bias tape in the final step. I guess I totally overthought it and fretted about it, only to arrive at the same result as the pattern-maker intended! Yep, I’m a newbie….

    She doesn’t say how much lacing to buy! I guesstimated about 2 yards, and found it was just enough, but more would have been better.

    Finally, dimensions. My unbound waist is 27’’ (not a lot of skin to squish, so I don’t expect much reduction from a corset, nor would I want it!). When this corset is fully laced, my waist + corset measures 25.5’’, a 1.5’’ reduction. However, there’s no need to lace a corset until the ends touch at the back; a little gap is preferable, to give the spine some room and ventilation.

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    Feb 5, 2012, 01.40 PMby SeakerOfCreativity

    Thanks for giving out this free corset pattern download on this site! But as many people have said before there are problems with the instructions, and I as a Swede have some problems about the abbreviations of some words; what does SA, CF and CB means? Does CF stand for Corset Front, Surface, Corset Facing and CB for Corset Back, Corset Boning or something else?

    Also, the measurments haven’t translated and is cryptic; are the measurments in inches or cm? Some examples of the instructions that I have troble understanding, with both abbrevations and cryptic measurments: Step 9: “To determine the length of each take your desired waist measurement, add 2◝ for SA, then divide by 2.”. Step 12: “-Topstitch SA to lining to create a crisp, clean CF edge”. Step 14: “-Stitch ¼◝ CB channel”.

    I think I can manage to sew this corset on my own, with a lot of experimenting, but if someone would be kind enough to explain the abbrevations and such I would be really grateful! :)

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      Feb 22, 2012, 07.53 PMby burdastyle


      Here are answers to your questions:
      SA = seam allowance
      CF = center front
      CB = center back
      Measurements are in inches.

      The strange characters appear with the PDF download. If you view the instructions step by step on the webpage, they are not visible.

      Let us know if you have any other questions!

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    Oct 20, 2011, 07.53 PMby bessie4

    Hello, I have a little problem with downloading the pattern. I have only tutorial in Pdf, but no pictures or dimensions of the pieces of pattern… Do I have to make a purchasing here?

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    Aug 12, 2011, 03.00 PMby HandledwithCare

    Thank you for a beautiful free pattern! Like others here, a little clarification of the instructions would be really great. Like another poster, it seems to me that pattern piece four is the wrong way up, and I think there are a few problems with the instructions and materials? It states that there are 20 spiral steel bones at the beginning, but after reading the instructions and half sewing the pattern, I think that there are 12 spiral steel bones, 2 for each seam (6 seams per side), and 6 flat steel bones, 2 sandwiching the grommets and one at the front supporting the busk, per side? It might also be useful to state the bone and busk lengths necessary in the materials section. I think it needs an 8" busk, 12 spiral steel bones between 5.5-6.25", 2 flat steel bones approx 7.75" and four about 8.25"? If anyone can give feedback on this pattern that would be great!

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    Apr 3, 2011, 10.55 AMby marionouchka

    These instructions are not really easy to follow…. and is it me or the 4th piece is upside down on the pattern? Oh I wish this was easier to make…is there any way to “refresh” the instruction so we can understand them?

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      Aug 12, 2011, 02.54 PMby HandledwithCare

      Yes, well I think so, I have decided that pattern piece 4 is upside down. How have you got on? The instructions don’t seem to always match with this corset?

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    Mar 21, 2011, 06.40 PMby issymonsterr

    This is perfect for a Burlesque piece I’m working on! Was hoping to work on it today, but the pattern is still inaccessible… any luck Burda team?

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    Mar 5, 2011, 07.33 PMby Shalyn McFaul

    Has anyone tried this yet? I’m wondering how much cinching is assumed in the pattern sizing? I want to make this to allow for a little whittling, but I’m unsure if this is sized with that in mind or not.

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    Feb 25, 2011, 04.04 PMby Danielka Ta

    thank you so much for this pattern! :3 i finally have a way to add some structure to my steam punk dress

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    Feb 22, 2011, 06.28 PMby daisya

    great fabric and the patterm koods good too! Just sooo frustrating ‘cause you can’t download it!

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    Feb 21, 2011, 06.27 PMby kymaryuushi

    It’s a beautiful piece ^^. The pattern’s link is not working. Full instructions it’s ok but I hope that we can get the pattern soon =)

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    Feb 21, 2011, 05.32 PMby dottyjane

    I can’t access the pattern either. what am I doing wrong.

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    Feb 18, 2011, 04.14 PMby NYC-Design

    Having a difficult time getting the pattern as when you click on the Get It Now link, you are taken to a page that says,“The change you wanted was rejected. Maybe you tried to change something you didn’t have access to.”

    Had to open the link in a new window in order to see it in my account but still having difficulties.

    Also the Instructions link on this page takes you to a blank page. No pdf file.

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    Feb 18, 2011, 01.17 PMby girlmaverick

    Love your corset! Just wanted to point out a few problems with the pdf instructions that are proving difficult. - Much of the grammar and measurements have not translated - Not sure if it’s just me, but the instructions for the back facing (step 14) are really hard to follow! Actually, I’d say impossible to follow. Is there any chance of getting these issues resolved? I’d really like to have a go at this :)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 11.27 PMby mercedesgilces

    Muy lindo, felicitaciones las telas escojidas son hermosas te parecistes a Salvador Dali por el tipo de diseño y a Galeana aunque este no me gusta mucho :)

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    Feb 15, 2011, 10.47 PMby Suellen Tomkins

    Love it, love it. The combination of fabrics is fantastic.

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      Feb 16, 2011, 11.16 PMby mercedesgilces

      Tambien a mi :) Mercedes Gilces saludandote desde el Ecuador Guayaquil

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    Feb 15, 2011, 10.44 PMby karasumegami

    I love you so much for this! Thankthankthank you!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 10.12 PMby creeblue

    I want that material!!!!


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    Feb 15, 2011, 08.54 PMby AllyR

    I have seen similar “Day Of The Dead” themed fabrics at Joann’s!

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      Feb 16, 2011, 11.18 PMby mercedesgilces

      No el dia de los muertos, el estilo de Salvador Dali ese como de galeano.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 08.53 PMby tigger234

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    Feb 15, 2011, 06.52 PMby leonx

    i would pay 10000 pounds for that material!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 09.38 AMby caribbelle

    Amazing! Can’t wait to try this one day

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    Feb 15, 2011, 07.38 AMby biotech

    Thqnk you very much.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 12.27 AMby Laisa Chavez Macias

    I think this is great. A friend’s daughter just asked me to make her prom dress and she wants a corset, so this will be perfect over the dress! Yay! Plus the fabric is to die for! Love the look :)

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    Feb 14, 2011, 07.40 PMby Claire .

    amazing !

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    Feb 14, 2011, 07.34 PMby marionouchka

    oh yes where did you buy the fabric… I want it so badly now

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    Feb 14, 2011, 07.12 PMby kmiller94

    OMG! I love this. Where did you find that fabric? Absolutely too cute!

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