Corset Cover


1 1/4 yards all-over embroidery.

1 strip lawn 3" wide and length of waist measure plus 2".

3 snaps.

1 hook and eye, or 3 buttons.

3/4 yard embroidery beading.

2 yards ribbon or lingerie tape.

Thread No. 80.

Needle No. 9.

Introductory Statement

Now-a-days the fabrics used in making separate wash waists are so sheer that it is very necessary to wear pretty lingerie under them. All-over embroidery, wide embroidery, or lace edging made for this purpose with eyelets near the edge through which to run ribbon makes a very effective corset cover and is very easily made.

In selecting embroidery for this purpose, examine the edge and see that it is firm, as a poor edge will wear off ragged in a comparatively short time. The corset cover may be combined with drawers in a combination suit.

The corset cover shown in this lesson is made of embroidery edging. If it is not joined to drawers to form a combination suit, it may be finished with a peplum to keep it from slipping up on the corset. This is left to the option of the wearer.


Embroidery, W. G. Townsend.

Dress Design, Hughes. Manual Arts Press.

Suggestions For Optional Modification

Suggestions For Optional Modification 85

Slip-Over Corset Cover

No. 1. This corset cover is made of one straight strip of embroidery curved out slightly under the arms and held on the shoulders with straps of embroidery beading. It hangs loose below the waist line.

Crepe De Chine Corset Cover

No. 2. This corset cover is very attractive under a thin waist, the lace sleeves being very desirable. The bottom is finished with an elastic band. It may be made in much the same manner as the corset cover described in this lesson.

Lace Corset Cover

No. 3. This corset cover is made of wide lace flouncing designed especially for this purpose. It is fitted slightly under the arms with seams and held in place on the shoulders with straps of ribbon.

All-Over Embroidery Corset Cover

No. 4. This corset cover is made from one strip of all-over embroidery, fitted at the shoulders and curved out to fit the neck. The bands which finish each end cross at the waist line and button at the ends to fit the waist. A commercial pattern may be used for this if necessary.

Working Directions For Corset Cover

Preparing Material

Shrink the embroidery and the lawn for the band by wetting them thoroughly, partly drying and then pressing them. Straighten the two ends of the embroidery (Chap. II, Par. 102). Cut a lengthwise strip of lawn 3" wide and 2" longer than the waist measure of the band.

The Pattern

This corset cover is held on the shoulders with straps of embroidery beading, the scalloped edge of the embroidery forming the top edge of the garment. By modifying it slightly, a regular corset cover pattern with gathered front may be used in cutting out this corset cover. Use a commercial pattern, fitting it to you carefully. You are to make the top edge of your corset cover pattern straight. To do this, hold it up to the body and turn the upper edge under, forming a straight line across the top of both the front and the back of the pattern, the distance desired from the neck.

To Cut Out Corset Cover

Fold the ends of the embroidery together evenly, then lay the center back of the pattern on the fold formed, with the straight edge at the top of the pattern even with the scalloped edge of the embroidery. Pin it in several places. Lay the center front of the pattern on the front edges of the material or, if more fullness than the pattern allows is needed, place the pattern in from the edges as far as necessary to provide for the extra fullness. Cut out the corset cover.

Joining Seams, Finishing Armholes

A French seam (Chap. II, Par. 137), or felled seam (Chap. II, Par. 138) may be used to join the under-arm seam. Baste the underarm seams together and finish with the seam desired. Face the curve in each arm hole with a bias strip of lawn about 1 1/2" wide (Chap. II, Par. 143). To sew on the facing, let the end extend a trifle above the curve of the arm hole, lay it on the right side of the embroidery and first baste, then stitch in place with a 1/4" seam, holding it rather easy around the curve (Chap. II, Par. 164). (If sewed by hand use the combination stitch) (Chap. II, Par. 108). Turn the facing to the wrong side, baste along the folded edge, turn under the raw edge, baste (stretching it if necessary), and sew to the corset cover with the hemming stitch (Chap. II, Par. 114), or stitch on the machine

(Chap. II, Par. 164); turn the raw edges under at the ends and hem neatly. Pin or baste the straps on the top of the corset cover as in the illustration. Turn in a 1/2" hem at the front edge.

Gathering Bottom Of Corset Cover

Mark the center back with a pin at the lower edge. Gather the material along this edge to within 2" of each under-arm seam (Chap. II, Par. 141). Adjust the gathers to make the bottom of back about 9" or 10" wide between the under-arm seams.

Beginning 2 1/2" from the under-arm seams, gather the front pieces along the lower edge to the hems on the front. Adjust the gathers so the bottom of the corset cover will be the same size as the waist measure, allowing 1" extra for the lapping of the band in front.

Putting On The Band

Crease center of band crosswise, place on the wrong side of the corset cover with the crease even with the center back. Turn in each end of the band 1/2" and pin even with the front edges of the corset cover turning the seams toward the right side, pin the band to the corset cover in several places. Try on; adjust gathers and straps on shoulders; baste and stitch the band and straps in place. Turn in the other raw edge of the band and fold it onto the corset cover just a trifle beyond the first stitching. Pin and baste in place. If a peplum is desired, attach it now. Drawers may be combined with the corset cover by splitting the bottom edge of the band and sewing it to the drawers the same as you have sewed it to the corset cover.