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How To Choose The Right Fabric For Your Corset

Choosing the perfect fabric for your custom-made corset can be tough in a world where there seem to be endless options. But let’s start with some tips before diving into the break down of the top fabrics used for corsetry. Here are some things to consider:

    • Where are you wearing your corset?
    • Are you interested in waist-training in your corset?
    • What is the temperature climate where you reside?
    • Are you interested in solid colors or a print?
    • Do you know the properties of the fabrics you’re interested in? This will help you to pick one that will wash and wear in your desired manner.

Read on for the commonly used fabrics in corsetry and take a look at how I used them in each of my custom corsets.


How To Choose The Right Fabric For Your Corset

Perhaps the oldest and the most popular fabric, coutil is a form of twill cotton that was created especially for corsetry. It is very strong and durable, has a tight weave that helps prevent poke throughs of boning, and is able to stand up to tension. Traditionally it has a herringbone pattern, but it comes in other forms such as brocade coutil and satin coutil, which is ideal for bridal corsets.
My Elizabethan Stay is made with the herringbone weave coutil and is hand-dyed.

One of the most commonly used types of fabrics in the world, cotton is natural, soft, absorbent, and breathable. Cotton is one of the best fabrics for hot weather conditions.
You can’t go wrong with our Untamed Corset made in a timeless, cotton leopard print.

Beautifully shiny, glossy, slippery smooth, and has a lustrous appearance, satin fabric is very elegant and showcases pure luxury. I like to sew with higher-end satin fabrics that are thicker with a medium weight. Its stiffness creates durability that is perfect for hand beading and other detailing.
My Wrought Couture Corset is made with satin that is luminous and has an incredibly smooth hand.

Silk Brocade
Woven fabric with an elaborate embroidered surface design, silk brocade has a lustrous surface and sheen. The patterns are only visible on the face of the fabric.
The Japanese-inspired floral printed silk brocade I have used, made for a very smooth and sleek corset design.

Vegan/Faux Leather
Faux leather is a very durable fabric that will last a long time with the right care. It has a similar look and feel to genuine leather, but can withstand scratches and scrapes. Since faux leather does not retain moisture, it is not prone to cracks or peeling. It will not fade as easily and is stain resistant. It is easy to clean with simply the wipe of a damp cloth.
Take a look at my Medusa Corset that was made with three different types of faux leather and hand-painted artwork.

The epitome of luxury, velvet is personally one of my favorite textiles because of how immensely soft it feels. Some velvet fabrics have a luminescent and rich sheen on the outside while others are backed by a canvas material on the inside, making it suitable and durable for waist-training purposes. Furthermore, some velvet fabrics resist stains and dirt, making them easy to maintain.
My versatile velvet corset can easily transition through the winter and summer seasons by styling it in so many different ways!

,,We can help you choose from an array of textiles to fit your needs...

Make Your Own Rules with Fabric

How To Choose The Right Fabric For Your Corset

We all have that special occasion we want to look our very best at and these are the times we help you make your own rules with the corset of your dreams! Whether you’re attending a wedding, going dancing, or you have a special date, we can help you choose from an array of textiles to fit your needs and taste. I celebrated one of my birthdays at The Plaza Hotel’s Rose Club in NYC. I knew I wanted to wear something sparkly to help me stand out in the crowd. I decided on this pink paillette sequin fabric that turned into a couture-worthy corset. Take a look at how I lit up the room here and read how I didn’t follow any rules when making my “partay” corset!

Let’s get started on a custom handmade corset of your own!  I am happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please comment below.


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