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How to Make a Corset Top With a Shirred Back

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Author Dainty Designs
Price $13.95
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by Slater, Kimberly
on October 21st, 2014

“So easy! Works great for Halloween costumes”

Get the classic corset look with a touch of modern flair in this easy pattern. Creating your child's perfect one-of-a-kind corset has never been so simple or fun. With a pretty shirred back, front panel construction and a ribbon tie, this corset works for dressing-up or dressing-down.

The author expertly guides you through each simplified step of this 23-page ebook, with a complete lesson in shirring so you can perfect your technique. Then, use your child's favorite fabric to create the corset she'll want to wear over and over. For holidays, costumes or everyday casual wear, you'll soon be creating a shirred corset that will get everyone talking!

Sizing: All sizes

This ebook does not include a pattern for the corset. Detailed instructions are given on how to measure your child in order to cut the pieces you will need.

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by Keen, Narelle
on April 19th, 2016


by Slater, Kimberly
on October 21st, 2014

So easy! Works great for Halloween costumes

by Y. Al-yamani
on June 27th, 2014

Easy to follow instructions - great pattern!

by Bushby, Melanie
on June 18th, 2014

love it!! so fun to make

by voyles, kristina
on December 29th, 2013

love this pattern, have made around 30 so far!

by M. Hanson
on October 28th, 2013


by K. Murphy-Mick
on July 17th, 2013

Super Easy to make!!

by Thompson, Janice
on July 14th, 2013

gorgeous finished looks fab!

by bellababies
on June 21st, 2013

very happy thank you

by De Forest, Kirsten
on March 26th, 2013

This was very easy to make, and SUPER cute. Goes with the Layered Tulle Twirl Skirt beautifully!

by R. Brumfield
on March 17th, 2013

Absolutely love this pattern. Great addition to other boutique pieces.

by Knight, Deb
on January 25th, 2013

very cute. i was a bit scared of the shirring, but once you get everything set up, super easy.

by Jazz12
on December 10th, 2012

I only wished she gave pre-determined measurements and a sizing chart like all of the other patterns I always purchase. Most give these specifications and some even include the actual pattern. This would have been an excellent tutorial had it had these things. For the cost, I would think those should have been included! On a more positive note, I am happy to start my first shirring project.

by Shannon
on December 6th, 2012

Love the finished product! Easy to make,only downside I really wish that she gave the measurements! She only tells you to measure your child,divide by 2,then add 1,which can become of makes me feel like I'm in math class again.

by Kesler, Rachel
on September 29th, 2012

Wonderful pattern, thank you!

by Santana, Kara
on September 3rd, 2012

When I bought this, I read through it all and thought "Shirring!?!?!" but I left myself with no other options than to make this top. I started it, freaked a little about the shirring, which I had NEVER done or even thought I could do, and I did it! It turned out BEAUTIFULLY! And reason why YCMT is my go-to place for patterns.

by Phillips, Tara
on August 13th, 2012

So versitile! I have used this for costumes, outfits, dress up & more! My girls love it and it lasts forever!!!

by Glenn, Tiffany
on June 27th, 2012

I love this pattern. I used it for a pageant theme wear which WON!!! Super Easy with Beautiful results!

by Gulotta, Cathy
on June 25th, 2012

Love this pattern. So easy to use and instructions were very easy to follow. I have been sewing for years but even the beginning sewer could make this quite easily.

by Conwell, Karen
on May 12th, 2012

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE I say I LOVE this pattern. Its directions and not an actual pattern but so easy to follow and understand. The only thing I think a beginner will have a challenge with is the shirring and gathering. The directions even explain how to do that but if you are a beginner I would practice these techniques on scraps until you are comfortable with them before attempting it on your valuable fabric. Advanced beginners should have no problems with it.

by litteken, amber
on April 27th, 2012

One of my favorites. Great pattern and detailed instructions. The finished product comes together so quickly and looks like a million bucks.
I had questions about the shirring part and emailed the pattern maker she was prompt and informative with my questions. I really can't say enough good things. Would give this more stars if I could.

by Sheffield, Kellie
on April 19th, 2012

you can do so much with this pattern. love it!

by muhlestein, kira
on March 31st, 2012

I had a little trouble, but that is because I am a real beginner. The pattern and turn out is way cute though.

by Gannon, Amy
on March 26th, 2012

My first attempt turned out way to big for my daughter. I had to tear the corset apart and cut the pieces smaller to fit right.

by Rich, Katrina
on March 17th, 2012

Very easy to follow and so cute when done. My daughter wears this with her pettikirts and looks super cute. There are so many options also when making this great pattern.

by kshill
on March 14th, 2012

This was the easiest pattern ever. I have made about 10 of these. I love it!

by perry, misty
on February 17th, 2012

Great and easy to follow! thank ou!

by Rosario, Michaela
on February 12th, 2012

love this!

by Faul, Jennifer
on February 3rd, 2012

Wonderfully explained instructions that yield professional-looking results! Adorable top, a real favorite for both of my girls. Highly recommended!

by Martin, Melanie
on January 25th, 2012

This is a wonderful pattern!! Very easy to follow and understand and is so versatile. I use this pattern with skirts for something dressy and with ruffle jeans for a more casual look. I even use this pattern as a staple for my Halloween costumes. I cannot say anything but wonderful things about this pattern.

by Southern Babies
on January 23rd, 2012

I adore this pattern. Very easy to follow along with. I have made several tops from this pattern. I love the versatility of it and it turns out awesome. I had never shirred anything before using this e-book and since then I Have never been afraid of shirring anything.
Highly recommended.

by St. Pierre, Cynthia
on January 13th, 2012

My grand daughters were thrilled with their Halloween corset tops that I made to go with matching witches tutus.

by seaman, teresa
on January 12th, 2012

good pattern

by Sudz-N-Seamz
on January 9th, 2012

easy to make corset. Everything is explained well and this makes just a super cute corset top.

by bobobabymae
on January 6th, 2012

5 stars!!!! great pattern!!

by Barbara, Spartanburg, SC
on August 1st, 2001

I ... two ebooks and was amazed how well written they were. Being a beginner, I was initially very intimidated by how intricate the corset looked. My first one, however, was beautiful! The creator of the Dainty Designs Corset Top ebook even answered a question I had. I made an outfit for my daughter for Valentine's day using the corset ebook and triple ruffle jeans ebook. My friends all wanted an outfit for their little ones.

by Kim Gignac
on August 1st, 2001

I purchased the bundle and have just made the top. My daughter who is 7 just love it. I found the instructions easy to follow and the pictures were helpful too.

by Michelle D. Maine
on August 1st, 2001

The corset top pattern from Dainty Designs is so easy. I NEVER would have thought it would only take me a couple of hours to put it all together. And that was with me adding extra ruffles and such.! I love her books!

by Bekky W. Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
on August 1st, 2001

I loved the outfit shown by Dainty Designs. It consisted of 3 eBooks. Corset top, layered tulle skirt and cloche hat. The instructions were so easy with lots of pictures. It was like the designer was right there with you. No one in Canada had ever seen anything like that. The outfits turnout gorgeous.

by Lauren Pucillo
on August 1st, 2001

I am not a seamstress. In fact, I've only used my machine a handful of times. So when I set out to make something somewhat ambitious (Halloween dresses for my daughters), I figured I'd have to settle for something basic - and boring. But, boy, was I wrong! I used this corset ebook pattern and created absolutely adorable shirts for my girls, without making any huge errors. The instructions were clear and easy to follow - and who knew shirring was so simple?? People are very impressed with what I've been able to accomplish using this pattern. Thanks so much!

by Whitney Sparks
on August 1st, 2001

Very.....Very....impressed with how easy to follow the e-book pattern instructions were! Everything super easy to understand and I've made 8 costumes in the past week and a half! Got it down to a science in no time! Highly recommend!

by Heather Bell
on August 1st, 2001

This corset was easy to do (i even learned how to shir!) plus it makes even the most basic outfits so much fun.

by Jennifer N., Beaverton, OR
on August 1st, 2001

I purchased the childs "Corset" ebook pattern and was very impressed with the ease of the pattern instructions and the outcome, Pictures were right on and very clear, no glare at all. The corset will be made over and over for many up coming occasions!

by Anne B., Blackpool, UK
on August 1st, 2001

The corset pattern by Dainty Designs looks extremely complicated and I wondered whether or not I would be able to do it as I'm a very new sewer. Not only was it easy, but I finished it in just a couple of hours. Once it's explained clearly how to make it, it really is very simple.

by Dina S., Kingwood
on August 1st, 2001

My overall experience with making my own corset from DaintyDesigns was great! I modified a few things and in all it was awesome!

by Mellissa A.
on August 1st, 2001

How to Make a Corset Top With a Shirred Back This is a wonderful ebook. The instructions are very easy to follow. The pictures are great! I've been waiting to learn how to make a corset, and these instructions make it easy.

by Sheri N.
on August 1st, 2001

I love the "corset" eBook! I couln't believe how easy it was to make!

by Tracy P
on August 1st, 2001

Dainty Designs is tops in my book. I have How to Make a Layered Tulle Twirl Skirt and How to Make a Corset Top With a Shirred Back and I am thrilled with them!!! Awesome instruction and beautiful pictures really do help even the most amateur of sewers.

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