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E BOOK! Corseting the 21st century body - Techniques and Patterning in CAD

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This is a 97 page e-book of CAD patterning instructions (for use with free downloadable software), including an overview of corsetry techniques plus three corset patterns for the discerning corset maker. The descriptions are based on the Windows version of the free software however the software can also be downloaded for Macs - the interface will look slightly different but the functionality is the same. Please download the software from Solid Solutions before buying this manual so you know your PC or Mac is compatible.

This book has been written for the corset maker who has mastered the basic techniques required to create a corset. They will understand the different construction methods and the importance of strong seams and quality components. Accuracy and attention to detail are imperative qualities if a quality garment is the aim. Once all of this is understood and mastered the next level is to design a bespoke made-to-measure pattern. This book is a step by step users’ guide to using a free CAD software package with this aim in mind.

Using a step by step approach, two methodologies will be explained – digitising an existing pattern that can be amended, graded, or simply filed for future reference, and attempting a design from scratch. Also included are three beautiful patterns as inspiration for your designs – take a look at these to see how the sizes are nested, at the possibilities of top and bottom line shapes, and how lines and curves can be used to manipulate the shape of the corset silhouette.

I have touched briefly on techniques however this book does not focus on construction. If you are a paper pattern cutter and would like to move into the digital age, this book is for you. The corset drafting principles described could be used with other CAD or graphic platforms and indeed for patterning any type of garment – the screen is simply your dressmakers’ paper and the commands are your pencil and rulers. Beware however that the basics cannot be learned over a weekend – you will need to dedicate some time to mastering it. Once learned you will be adept and quick and wonder why you didn’t teach yourself sooner.

Front cover - Liv Free (photography and modelling).

Comment from Lucy Corsetti from Lucy's Corsetry:
''I've gobbled up your book, plus some advanced tutorials my partner sent me! So far I've made 3 patterns, and grading sizes is a breeze (one of my favorite parts now!). I think back to a few years ago, and how Sarah and I spent 12 hours a day for two weeks straight, grading each individual pattern by hand. Each size could have been completed (more accurately) and printed out in just minutes if I knew then what I know now. Developing my collection is going to be so much faster now. Thank you thank you!!''

Please take a look at my website https://www.corsetsbycaroline.co.uk/ and contact me directly for further information and reduced prices (no VAT/fees)
This is a 97 page e-book of CAD patterning instructions (for use with free downloadable software), including an overview of corsetry techniques plus three corset patterns for the discerning corset maker. The descriptions are based on the Windows version of the free software however the software can also be downloaded for Macs - the interface will look slightly different but the functionality is the same. Please download the software from Solid Solutions before buying this manual so you know your PC or Mac is compatible.

This book has been written for the corset maker who has mastered the basic techniques required to create a corset. They will understand the different construction methods and the importance of strong seams and quality components. Accuracy and attention to detail are imperative qualities if a quality garment is the aim. Once all of this is understood and mastered the next level is to design a bespoke made-to-measure pattern. This book is a step by step users’ guide to using a free CAD software package with this aim in mind.

Using a step by step approach, two methodologies will be explained – digitising an existing pattern that can be amended, graded, or simply filed for future reference, and attempting a design from scratch. Also included are three beautiful patterns as inspiration for your designs – take a look at these to see how the sizes are nested, at the possibilities of top and bottom line shapes, and how lines and curves can be used to manipulate the shape of the corset silhouette.

I have touched briefly on techniques however this book does not focus on construction. If you are a paper pattern cutter and would like to move into the digital age, this book is for you. The corset drafting principles described could be used with other CAD or graphic platforms and indeed for patterning any type of garment – the screen is simply your dressmakers’ paper and the commands are your pencil and rulers. Beware however that the basics cannot be learned over a weekend – you will need to dedicate some time to mastering it. Once learned you will be adept and quick and wonder why you didn’t teach yourself sooner.

Front cover - Liv Free (photography and modelling).

Comment from Lucy Corsetti from Lucy's Corsetry:
''I've gobbled up your book, plus some advanced tutorials my partner sent me! So far I've made 3 patterns, and grading sizes is a breeze (one of my favorite parts now!). I think back to a few years ago, and how Sarah and I spent 12 hours a day for two weeks straight, grading each individual pattern by hand. Each size could have been completed (more accurately) and printed out in just minutes if I knew then what I know now. Developing my collection is going to be so much faster now. Thank you thank you!!''

Please take a look at my website https://www.corsetsbycaroline.co.uk/ and contact me directly for further information and reduced prices (no VAT/fees)

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Standard sized patterns are instant downloads, downloadable on payment. No returns unfortunately! Corsets will be shipped as soon as possible on receipt of payment.

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The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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Made-to-measure patterns: It takes me at least 3 hours to draft a made-to-measure corset pattern, so unfortunately I am unable to refund any monies paid. This service is a two-way process and its success depends very much on a number of aspects - how you measure yourself and how you follow the pattern. I accept no responsibility for inaccuracies regarding the accuracy of your measurements and corset making, however I am very happy to work with you tweaking the corset shape for you once you have made up your toile and given me your feedback. I want you to be happy with your pattern and ultimately the comfort and fit of your corset!
If I am unable to issue your pattern within the 28 days stated I will issue a full refund.

Standard patterns are non-returnable due to the digital nature of these items.

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FAQ's
1. What type of made-to-measure patterns do you currently draft? Any of my listed designs can be drafted in different sizes however there may be limitations - bust size etc.
2. How are my measurements transposed on to a flat pattern for your made-to-measure option? Your under-bust and full hip measurements are drafted to your exact measurement taking into account your desired gap at the back of the corset. Your waist measurement will measure your exact measurement minus your desired reduction. A small amount of rib and hip spring will be added to your high hip measurement.
3. How can I print out the pattern from the .pdf file? You will need Adobe reader installed on your computer. The pattern needs to be printed out as its 'actual size' in the centre of the page - there is a scale line on the pattern to check the scaling is accurate. The pattern needs to be printed out on US letter 'A' or A4 paper and sections taped together as per the instructions.
4. Does the pattern include seam allowances? No, you will need to add a seam allowance to the panels.
5. What if the toile/corset doesn't fit if I have opted for a made-to-measure pattern? It is imperative that a toile is made up first to test the pattern. First check that the pattern has been cut out accurately and that the scale measures 100mm or 4'' then check that the panels have been stitched exactly to the lines of the pattern. If not, make these adjustments and test the fit a second time. If the rib compression and high hip adjustments are not comfortable on your made-to-measure pattern, or if you would prefer a change of the drafting curve please get in touch. I am happy to tweak every pattern once post toile - it's a collaboration!
6. Can I use the pattern to make a corset to sell? Yes of course, but it would be great if my brand could be akcnowledged or credited if you do sell a corset made from one of my patterns. If the pattern is to be used numerous times however (more than 10) it would be good to support small businessss such as my own by buying the pattern again or purchasing a different one.
FAQ's
1. What type of made-to-measure patterns do you currently draft? Any of my listed designs can be drafted in different sizes however there may be limitations - bust size etc.
2. How are my measurements transposed on to a flat pattern for your made-to-measure option? Your under-bust and full hip measurements are drafted to your exact measurement taking into account your desired gap at the back of the corset. Your waist measurement will measure your exact measurement minus your desired reduction. A small amount of rib and hip spring will be added to your high hip measurement.
3. How can I print out the pattern from the .pdf file? You will need Adobe reader installed on your computer. The pattern needs to be printed out as its 'actual size' in the centre of the page - there is a scale line on the pattern to check the scaling is accurate. The pattern needs to be printed out on US letter 'A' or A4 paper and sections taped together as per the instructions.
4. Does the pattern include seam allowances? No, you will need to add a seam allowance to the panels.
5. What if the toile/corset doesn't fit if I have opted for a made-to-measure pattern? It is imperative that a toile is made up first to test the pattern. First check that the pattern has been cut out accurately and that the scale measures 100mm or 4'' then check that the panels have been stitched exactly to the lines of the pattern. If not, make these adjustments and test the fit a second time. If the rib compression and high hip adjustments are not comfortable on your made-to-measure pattern, or if you would prefer a change of the drafting curve please get in touch. I am happy to tweak every pattern once post toile - it's a collaboration!
6. Can I use the pattern to make a corset to sell? Yes of course, but it would be great if my brand could be akcnowledged or credited if you do sell a corset made from one of my patterns. If the pattern is to be used numerous times however (more than 10) it would be good to support small businessss such as my own by buying the pattern again or purchasing a different one.

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