Looking for a Romantic Summery Dress? Try This Corset Dress Tutorial

by StarDede
9 Materials
3 Hours

In this corset dress tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to make your own corset dress from scratch. I previously did a separate video on creating a corset dress sewing pattern according to your measurements, which you can watch first.

Once you have your pattern ready, it’s time to start the cutting and sewing!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric 1.5 meters (1.64 yards)
  • Pattern
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Buttons
  • Zipper
  • Scissors
Tiers for the DIY summer dress

1. Cut out the fabric pieces

These are the measurements I used to cut out my tiers.

Pinning the bodice pattern pieces

Then, I layed out the bodice pattern pieces, pinned them to the fabric, and cut around them, adding a half-inch seam allowance.

Cutting out the corset dress sewing pattern

Now, you should have all of your pieces cut out:

  • 4 back pieces
  • 2 center front pieces
  • 4 bra cup pieces
  • 4 side front pieces
  • Straps for tying the front part
  • Frills for the bra cups
Pulling the gathered stitches to make ruffles

2. Stitch and gather

I sewed the gathered stitches on the tiered pieces. Then, I went ahead and pulled the gathers to form the ruffles. 

Sewing the skirt tiers together

3. Sew the tiers together

Once that was done, I joined the tiers accordingly; pinning them in place, then sewing them together.

Corset dress DIY

This is how the skirt should look. Be sure to take out the gathering stitches so that they don’t show.

Pinning the side and center front pieces

4. Construct the front of the corset dress

Attach the side front to the center front pieces for both the main fabric and the lining.

Making the frills for the bust

5. Gather the frills

I also gathered the frills for the bra cups by folding the fabric in half, then stitching the gathered stitches on the raw edges. 

Sewing the front bodice pieces together

6. Sew the front

Stitch the front pieces together. For the frills, make sure you finish the sides (stitch it in and turn it over before you create the gathered stitches so that the ends are neat).

Pinning the front bodice to the back

7. Attach the front to the back

Pin the back pieces to the front piece at the side seams, for both the exterior and lining fabrics. Stitch in place.

Pinning the bodice to the skirt

8. Attach the top to the skirt

Next, attach the bottom of the top to the waist of the skirt, making sure they are both the same length. If not, release or pull in more gathers. Pin in place, then sew down. 

Serging the raw edges

9. Serge

Finish all the raw edges with a serger, or a zigzag stitch if you don’t have a serger.

How to make a corset dress

10. Fix the zipper

Sew the zipper into the back of the corset dress.

Pinning lining to the inside of the bodice

11. Attach the lining to the top

Pin the lining pieces to the outer fabric with right sides facing, then stitch them together. At the back, stitch as close as you can to the zipper, as this will help finish the zipper.

Trimming the corner of the fabric

12. Trim the corners

Trim off the corners so that once you flip it to the right side, it will be sharp.

How to make your own corset dress

13. Finish the lining

To finish the raw edges of the lining, flip in the half-inch seam allowance of the lining fabric and pin it to the waist. Use the “stitch in the ditch” method to stitch it to the waistband.

If you’re unfamiliar, this is when you sew down the channel of a seam (the "ditch") to secure fabric pieces in place without the stitches being seen on the outside.

DIY corset dress

This is how the dress looks from the inside now.

Pinning frills to the bust pieces

14. Prepare the bra cups

Pull on the gathering stitches to create the ruffled frills, then pin them in place. Sew down with an understitch so that the inner parts don’t roll out.

Pulling on gathered stitches

Once attached, sew gather stitches around the curved edge of the bra cups and pull on them to create more gathers.

Pinning the bra cups to the dress

15. Attach the bra cups

Pin the bra cups in place, starting with the center, so that the seams are equal.

Making a corset dress

16. Add the bias strap

I cut a bias strap and pinned it on the side of the bra cup, so that the corset cup is sandwiched between the bias strap and the other side of the top. This will help finish the seam after it has been stitched.

Sewing a corset dress

Remember to put the strap between the cup and the center front.

Trimming the seams

17. Trim the seam

Trim the seam that connects the bra cup to the top.

Finishing the raw edges with a bias

18. Finish the raw edges

Finish the raw edges of the seam with a bias, which will also serve as a topstitch.

Adding a placket to the DIY corset dress

19. Add a placket

I also added a placket of one inch with buttons. Pin the placket, sew down, then hand-sew the buttons.

Hemming the DIY corset dress

20. Hem

Finish the hem of the dress.

Finished DIY corset dress

Corset dress tutorial

Corset dress tutorial

Here’s the final dress. I’m really pleased with how this pretty DIY corset-style dress turned out. Let me know what you think of this tutorial and the result in the comments section.

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric 1.5 meters (1.64 yards)
  • Pattern
  • Sewing machine
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