Live Session (May 17th, 2024)

Ruching Technique on a Corset

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In this week’s session, I demonstrated how to apply a ruching technique to a corset using tulle fabric. We explored the versatility of ruching with different fabrics and its ability to create various styles. The demonstration involved carefully pinning and adjusting the tulle on a dress form to achieve an elegant, draped effect on the corset.

Demonstration Steps:

  1. Selected appropriate tulle fabric and measured it against the corset
  2. Pinned the tulle to the corset, starting from the center front
  3. Gradually stretched and pinned the tulle diagonally across the corset
  4. Adjusted the ruching to create desired fullness and direction
  5. Trimmed excess fabric and refined the edges
  6. Added lace appliqués for decorative effect

Questions & Answers:

  • Q: Would you use a sewing machine for the armhole bias tape?
  • A: No, I recommend attaching bias tape by hand for a cleaner finish, especially on corsets.

  • Q: How do you finish the raw edges of the tulle?
  • A: You can either leave them raw for a romantic look or fold them under and hand-stitch for a cleaner finish. It depends on the desired style and client preference.

  • Q: Can you use stretchy fabric for ruching?
  • A: It’s best to use fabric that’s only stretchy in one direction for ruching. Having stretch in both directions can make it difficult to control the draping.

This session was all about exploring the creative possibilities of ruching on a corset, combining technical skills with artistic design to create a unique and elegant look.