Corsetry Fabrics FAQ
There are some wonderful fabrics available now and with a little imagination you can create a highly individual corset design. Fabrics to avoid are those that have any stretch in them, very thin fabrics and knitted fabrics.
This is a traditional corset fabric available plain or patterned, strong, very hard wearing and forgiving to work with. Ideal for your first corset.
A spongeable shiny man made fabric that can be hot to wear but very sexy. Try to buy the best quality PVC that you can find and check that it does not stretch. Once again it is not reccomended that you make your first corset from PVC unless you are familiar with it’s foibles.
If there is any doubt about the suitability of your fabric for corset construction obtain a sample/swatch and sew a sample seam identical to the instructions in your pattern including any linings and/or interlinings.
Stretch and pull the seam as much as possible, we have even used pliers to mangle our test pieces. If you see the fabric stretching, pulling or giving along the stitch line it must be rejected or treated as a decorative layer only over a strong lining and/or interlining.
A good option where fashion fabrics are used for the out layer, for some historical corsetry or for corsets that are going to receive a lot of wear. Canvas is a good choice as it is reasonably priced and is available in many different weights.