Daily Archives: January 2, 2019

How to make a BJD corset….

I’ve always enjoyed making corsets for my dolls. Its such a skill to get them to fit just right and the structure perfect. I love making these miniature works of art and thought I would share the process again.
I’ll have a pattern available for download in my etsy shop soon. https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngelRoseCouture

So, let’s go make a BJD corset!
Fabric can be silk, printed cotton, lightweight brocade. Use a light weight stable type of fabric, although we are going to underline it with interfacing. I use a silk taffeta for lining most of the time, but a stiff organdy can be used also. I used a small floral print cotton with a silk taffeta lining and edging.

Cut all corset pieces from your main fabric choice (self fabric), from the lining and the interfacing (I used a woven fusible interfacing). Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the self fabric pieces.  All seam allowances are 1/4″ wide unless otherwise noted.

Right side together, pin then stitch the side fronts to the front, side backs to the back, and press seams open. Right sides together stitch the front to backs at side seams. Press seams open.  Hint: ease stitch just inside the seam allowance along the edges of the corset front and clip to stitch for better manipulation around the curved part of the side front.

Prepare lining, following the same instructions omitting the interfacing.

At this time, if you would like to, top stitch any seams and add lace and trimming. You can also top stitch to add boning if you like. I did this for the larger BJD corsets.  I edged stitched all the seams on the lining for a cleaner finish inside. Now with right sides together, stitch the lining to the corset at the back seams. Turn right side out and press. Baste raw edges together.

Cut two strips of fabric on the bias, one inch wide and 2 inches longer than the bottom edge of the corset in either self or lining, or contrasting fabric if you like.   Right sides together, pin strips to the top and bottom edges of the corset, you will have extra extending from the edges. Stitch. trim seam allowance to 1/8″.  Press up.
Turn under 1/4″ on raw edges of the strips and fold over the seam allowance. Slip stitch to corset along seamline to encase seam and give a clean edge to the corset. 
See- nice and clean.  From here mark for eyelets for lacing up in back. I used 3/32″ eyelets for MSD and 1/8″ eyelets for 60 cm BJD. Apply eyelets as desired.

Now you can add any other embellishments as desired. I used silk ribbon the lace up the sides and sewed tiny pearls to the front lace. I also added bows, lace to the bottom edge and a crystal charm. 

Any questions, feel free to email me! Have fun creating!

Lori

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