Are you interested in taking your corset knowledge to the next level? I have a Youtube playlist of book reviews (as well as a book review category here on my site), but for those who like to have a simple list in one place, this is for you. Please be aware that some of the following are affiliate links – the price doesn’t change for you, but the referral does help me pay for school.
These are the corset books and resources in my library at the moment:
CORSET MAKING BOOKS
In order from most useful/ comprehensive, to least comprehensive
Scarlett Sapsford’s Express Corset Making Course (comes with a 2-hour instructional video, a shorter walkthrough guide, and corset patterns)
Corset Making Book by Julia Bremble (mostly a digital book, with a few concise instructional clips)
Basics of Corset Building by Linda Sparks (a based hardcover guide for beginners)
Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques by Jill Salen (also a history book – and this includes non-graded patterns, but the instructions on corset making are only a couple of pages, not very extensive or detailed)
***Special Recommendation*** While not a book, if you want to take your corset making to the next level, Foundations Revealed is a monthly subscription based online magazine/ school. This is the best resource I’ve found, and they do have many useful free articles, but the best stuff is behind the paywall.
(I also have a copy of Waisted Efforts, but good luck finding a copy of this book that won’t cost your right arm.)
CORSET HISTORY/ CULTURE BOOKS
The Corset: A Cultural History by Valerie Steele (the corset history bible)
Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh (oodles of primary source material!)
Corsets: A Modern Guide by Velda Lauder (an easy-to-digest introduction, with many pretty pics of corsets made by Velda herself)
Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques by Jill Salen (also includes patterns)
WAIST TRAINING/ CORSET LIFESTYLE BOOKS
Corset Magic by Ann Grogan (the waist training bible)
Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught me about the Past, Present, and Myself by Sarah Chrisman (1st hand account of becoming a lifestyle corset wearer, and its role in Sarah’s personal transformation)
(I’ve read some other “training” books but would truthfully not recommend them.)
The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister (a nothing-exraordinary fictional smut book where the corset/ historical dress is secondary to the story, but I did genuinely LOL a few times.)
Do you have a book recommendation for me? Let me know in a comment below!