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Equipment for Making Corsets and Wedding Dresses

Let's go over the necessary equipment for successful dressmaking.

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First things first - the essentials:

Sewing machine (home or industrial)

It's preferable to use an industrial lockstitch machine. We recommend the JUKI brand. But you can use any household sewing machine as well. If you don't have an expensive industrial machine at your disposal, it is absolutely unnecessary to buy one from a start.

Buy from your local provider


Hi-steam press-iron with Teflon plate

Or a budget-friendly option:


Dress form (mannequin) Professional dress form with collapsible shoulders is preferable, we recommend the "PGM Dress Form" brand. But it is not necessary. Any simple foam dress form will work, especially if you are at the beginning of your journey and looking for a budget-friendly options.

Buy from your local provider


Medium size scissors Make sure to buy a good pair of scissors. This is crucial, invest in a good one and you will never regret it! We recommend the KAI brand, made in Japan.

Rigilene Boning: 8mm (0.3") wide and 12mm (0.5") wide

Plastic Boning

Porcelynne underwire For making cups and bustier.

Iron-on fusible materials (batiste)

Disappearing ink marker pen

Gutermann Textile Glue

Simple white duck tape

Masking tape 1.5cm (0.6") wide


Padding Polyester

Silk Cord (for measurements)

Cup pressing moulds (tailoring board for "bust" pressing) Factory or self made DIY You should have several moulds like this in different sizes. You can easily make it yourself DIY: Take foam spheres of varying diameters from any hobby shop and cut them in halves. You can also use plastic spheres. Cover the half-spheres with layers of iron-on batiste. That's it, you have your own custom pressing forms.

Pear-shaped mould for pressing side seams and small rounded details Factory or self made DIY You can easily make it yourself DIY by covering bowling pin with multiple layers of iron-on batiste.

Grommet machine

Professional pyrography toolkit

​Illusion mesh

White voile for sewing wedding skirts

Rotary Cutter 28MM

Rotary Fabric Cutter 45mm

Double-Sided, Self-Healing Rotary Mat


Additional Corset-making supplies:

1/2" Wide Double-fold Bias Tape

Broadcloth Cord Piping

Delicate Lace-Covered Hook & Eye Tape

Brushed Back Strap

Picot-Edge Plush Lingerie Elastic

Steel Corset Busks

Hard Horsehair Braid with Gathering Thread

HARLEY Ribbed White Waistband Elastic

White Spring Steel Boning

Grommets (Hole Size 4.8mm)

Snap Tape

9mm Imitation Pearl Buttons

Transparent Matte TPU Elastic

Picot Shine Lingerie Elastic



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