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How to press a curve into a corset

When making a corset you will have curved surfaces around the bust and hip areas (and maybe other places) Pressing those in the making is a bit of a trick. A tailor’s ham will provide a curved surface to press it on. What I like to do is this.

Stand the tailor’s ham up. I use two small 3lb weights of the kind one might use for a workout. Other things work as well it is just important that it stay put in the orientation that you want it in. In this case with the small end up.

I then lay the corset on top of the tailor’s ham. You can use standard sewing pins to pin it into place so that it stays in the correct position.

Then press it with a hot iron and a lot of steam. A spray bottle can often help here.