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Patched Together

It’s no question that “Bridgerton” made its impact on the fashion world. As TikTok became flooded with videos on where to find nice corsets and how to style them with everyday outfits, DIYs were the obvious next step of the sequence. Crossing this current trend with the upcycling tactic of patchworking denim to repair or adjust clothes makes for individual corsets that can be dressed up for a night out, dressed down for hanging with friends, and the finishing touch to any dress fit for a ball.

  • Materials Needed:
  • Writing utensil
  • Paper
  • Denim scraps/old jeans
  • Scissors/hole puncher
  • Sewing machine/materials
  • Pins
  • String of choice
  • Seam ripper (optional)

Step 1: Trace out the sewing pattern on any kind of paper. Use your specific measurements to create the patterns, adding 1-2 inches for the inseam. There should be two front pieces and two back pieces, but substitute these according to your design. Don’t forget to trace out the desired straps. 

Step 2: Tear apart the old jeans and other denim scraps. Make as much solid fabric to work with as possible, so tear at the seams. Having a seam ripper helps as well. 

Step 3: Place the traced patterns on the fabric, making sure to trace on the desired side. Don’t forget to leave an extra inch or two to sew the pieces together.

Step 4: Machine sewing is recommended, but hand-sewing methods work as well. Sew the pieces together with the correct sides facing each other. Try to check the garment sizing on yourself frequently. 

Step 5: Once the garment is sewn together, use scissors (or even better, a hole puncher) to create the corset holes up each side of the fabric on the desired side for the lacing part. Grab the string and thread it through like a shoe with it on your body or a dress form if possible.

That’s all there is to it! You can intermix all kinds of designs or patterns; buy some from Etsy or find free ones on Pinterest. Forget Daphne Bridgerton; you’re the main character now, with a killer corset you made with your own hands to prove it.

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