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Equipment for making corsets and wedding dresses

Let's go over the necessary equipment for successful dressmaking.

First things first - the essentials:

Sewing machine (home or industrial)  

It's preferable to use an industrial lockstich machine. We recommend the JUKI brand. But you can use any household sewing machine as well. If you don't have an expensive industrial machine at your disposal, it is absolutely unnecessary to buy one from a start.


Buy from your local provider

Hi-steam press-iron with Teflon plate

Or a budget-friendly option:


Dress form (mannequin) 

Professional dress form with collapsible shoulders is preferable, we recommend the "PGM Dress Form" brand. But it is not necessary. Any simple foam dress form will work, especially if you are at the beginning of your journey and looking for a budget-friendly options.

Buy from your local provider

Medium size scissors

Make sure to buy a good pair of scissors. This is crucial, invest in a good one and you will never regret it!

We recommend the KAI brand, made in Japan.

Sleeve pressing board

Rigilene Boning: 8mm  (0.3") wide and 12mm (0.5") wide

Plastic Boning

Porcelynne underwire

For making cups and bustier.

Iron-on fusible materials (batiste) 

Disappearing ink marker pen

Gutermann Textile Glue

Simple white duck tape

Masking tape 1.5cm (0.6") wide



Padding Polyester

Silk Cord (for measurements)

Cup pressing moulds (tailoring board for "bust" pressing)

Factory or self made DIY

You should have several moulds like this in different sizes.

You can easily make it yourself DIY:

Take foam spheres of varying diameters and cut them in halves. You can also use plastic spheres. Cover the half-spheres with layers of iron-on batiste. That's it, you have your own custom pressing forms.

Pear-shaped mould for pressing side seams and small rounded details 

Factory or self made DIY

You can easily make it yourself DIY by covering bowling pin with multiple layers of iron-on batiste.

Grommet machine


Professional pyrography toolkit

​Illusion mesh

White voile for sewing wedding skirts







Rotary Cutter 28MM


Rotary Fabric Cutter 45mm


Double-Sided, Self-Healing Rotary Mat

Measurement For Making a Corset

Hello, sewing enthusiasts!

I’m sure that you understand that exact and accurate measurement is the thing of high importance.

99% of mistakes and bad fitting are because of carelessness in measurement.

Before you are starting measuring your client, you should already have an exact plan:

  • Which pattern you will use
  • What techniques of sewing you will use
  • What additional measurements (according to the figure of the client) will help you to achieve a perfect fit.

At the beginning you and a client are discussing the style, details, trimmings. And only then you are starting to measure.

Let me say few words before we will start. At first, we should measure a client, and then measure a pattern. We will compare the measurements and change the pattern. Believe me, when you will understand my method, you will forget all others.

It takes 1 second to calculate the pattern alterations using our software and 5-10 minutes to draw a pattern on the material. Then it takes 6-7 hours to sew, and… your client could visit you for a fitting. Then it takes 2-3 hours to complete and make small changes.

Believe me, it’s possible! It takes no more than 2 working days to sew a wedding or an evening dress. Of course, I’m talking about only sewing a dress, without spending time on hand embroidery, decorating by beads or complex skirts.

Okay, let’s measure. You should face the client, and it’s comfortable to place a mirror behind the back of the client. So you could see the way the tape measure goes, and so it’s easy to correct it.

Now, tie up two ropes: the one rope on the waist, the other on the belly. It’ll be much more comfortable for you, if you’ll place the rope at the borderline on the bottom of the corset. But there could be some differences. For example, if the corset is shorter on its sides and longer in the middle part. In that case you should place the rope at the corset’s sides.

Please pay attention how is your client standing, while you are measuring. The client should stay erect, the client shouldn’t move at all, even client’s hands shouldn’t move. Ropes should also stay at the same places, that you put them first time. And I’d like also to point out that you should place the rope at the waist, exactly where it should be at the result (it’s not always the narrowest place on the belly). The client should be dressed lightly, and she should wear brassiere. If the client likes push-ups bra, then she should put on the push-up.

(1) The first measurement is named “Bust front”. The measurement is from side to side through the most prominent parts on the bust.


Oscars 2020: Red Carpet Gowns Sewing Review.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Salma Hayek Pinault attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

On February 9, 2020 the 92nd Academy Award Ceremony was held in Los Angeles.

The media is actively discussing various news and sensations associated with this event. Press say that it was arguably the worst red-carpet garments demonstration, in comparison to previous years.

There is nothing new here - every year criticism is repeated every year.

But this is the reasoning of those who do not consider dresses as a work of art. Those who do not understand the specifics of making Haute Couture outfits.


How to make your own wedding collection?

Hello, sewing enthusiasts!

In this article I'm going to review the collection of a famous fashion house BERTA - Athens 2019 (fall-winter 2019)

Beautiful, isn't it? It's hard to believe, but for ALL the gowns in this collection were made using only 3 patterns!

This is very pragmatic! Using the techniques of decoration on the same basis creates the splendor of a variety of images and styles!

As an example, I'll talk about this larger part of Berta's 2019 collection:

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All of these incredible gowns are made using only ONE same pattern.


How to Sew a Cocktail Dress. New Free Course

Hello, dear dressmakers!

I want to share with you my newest course "How to sew a cocktail dress".

This course is great beginners in corset making and for those who want to learn the basic techniques of pattern adjustment.

In this course you will learn how to alter the sewing pattern and to adjust it to any body type. You will be able to create a custom made cocktail or evening dress.

And, of course, the drapery decoration of the garment.

This course is absolutely FREE!

Start learning now and don't forget to share it to your friends!

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Corset Dress with Sleeves and Hidden Lacing

The spring is finally here and I can't be more happy!
Finally my newest course is added to the library and I thank you for your patience!
It was worth waiting - I proudly present my newest course:
Corset Dress this Sleeves and Hidden Lacing
As promised, this PREMIUM course will be available for every Corset Academy member until June 15, 2016!! (both for Standard and Premium members).
So start learning and creating today! This course covers the most wanted topics: making custom sleeves and attaching the to the top, hidden lacing and altering pattern for gentle tightening. The model suits perfect for young women and for elder ladies as well!


FREE TUTORIAL: Types of Open-Back Dresses

My new FREE tutorial is absolute MUST SEE for everyone who plans on sewing an open-back dress!
I give detailed classification of the types of open-back dresses and explain HOW THEY FIT DIFFERENT BODY TYPES.
You will know, what type of dress to recommend to your clients for a perfect fit!

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