Pattern matching is a technique where the maker carefully plans out, cuts and assembles the panels of a corset so that a picture or motif continues seamlessly around the body. While I personally prefer to call them “print matching” or “motif matching” (to avoid confusion about the pattern drafted for a corset), the more widely known term is “pattern matching”. Pattern matching requires a fair amount of time and concentration, and results in quite a bit of fabric waste, which is why matching typically comes with a higher price tag.
Below you’ll find some examples of pattern matching by highly skilled corset makers.
If you know of any corset brands that offer pattern matching, do send an email with a photo and description – it could end up in this gallery!
Dark Garden always spends the extra time to meticulously match brocades, prints and lace motifs in both front and back, as shown in this gorgeous Aziza overbust modelled by Vienna La Rouge. Photo: Joel Aron.
Here corsetiere Julianne of Retrofolie models her own work, the perfectly matched “Time of Day” painting by Alfons Mucha. The fair price and huge selection of Retrofolie’s Historical Art corsets has made her popularity explode in 2014.
One of my favorite creations from Daze of Laur: two different damask fabrics are mirror-matched to create a drool-worthy final piece. This corset is also featured in my waistcoat corset gallery!
A client of Entre-Nous happily models her new overbust, featuring pattern-matched Toile de Jouy and a keyhole accent at the bustline.
This underbust corset by Asphyxia Couture features a beautiful large peacock motif, expertly matched at each seam. Asphyxia has done several fabric-matched corsets in the past, but this is by far my favourite of hers.
Amber of Lovely Rats has recently made this incredible corset, featuring Bosch’s painting “Garden of Earthly Delights”. She must have been incredibly careful to match such fine details at each seam!
Electra Designs was one of the first contemporary corset makers to have perfected the pattern matching technique, particularly large, asymmetric motifs such as this crane themed overbust. She has also written a tutorial on pattern matching for Foundations Revealed!
Izabela of Prior Attire presented this beautifully pattern-matched corset at the end of 2014, a foreshadowing to her upcoming Geisha Corsetry Collection.
This adorable Smurf-themed corset by the House of Canney was made from the upcycled pillowcase of a client. The pictures wraps around to the back of the corset as well, creating a smooth, nearly seamless mural.
I love this pattern-matched corset by Puimond; not only the richness of the fabric itself, but the way the vines flow so gracefully over the corset. This photo was captioned “A taste of spring” and I think it captures the corset perfectly.
While this may look like black lace appliqué, it’s actually a mind-bogglingly flawless match job by Lowana of Vanyanis. The motifs of leavers lace were secured to each panel of red satin coutil before being matched at the seams. The modesty panel (deliberately visible) also features the same lace motif. All hardware is finished in a complementary black.
Beautiful red poppies were first embroidered onto this canvas and then each panel was matched perfectly on this lovely underbust from Unartig Boutique.
Designer Angela Stringer has a penchant for roses, and she has no shortage of design ideas, proving that floral is never tired! Her Valencia Rose cincher (featuring clean pattern matching) is available on Etsy for $395.
Here you can also see that Lovesick Corrective Apparel has mirror matched the brocade in both front and back of the corset, also using the motifs to highlight the curve of the hip.
Amy of Oh Glory Glory offers this carefully-matched sweetheart overbust – I love how the Starburst motif seamlessly wraps around the side. Click through to see some more pattern-matched goodness like her floral underbust.
Serindë displays her skill in matching even small repetitive motifs in this black and white cincher – an impressive feat! The print flows gracefully and cleanly around the corset without obvious breaks in the line.
Sannie from Skeletons in the Closet Corsetry models her own overbust featuring large-print roses over a rust background. I know from personal experiences that matching large motifs for overbusts is particularly challenging, but Sannie executed it beautifully.
This demibust corset by Elizabeth Armstrong features mirror-matched demask, with contrasting external boning channels to break up the busyness of the pattern. Do check out the lovely matched large rose print wedding dress on her site as well!
Gerry of Morua Designs doesn’t shy away from the macro photos! Here you can see the meticulous work to match the floral embroidery on each panel by the millimeter. It’s the little things that make a big difference.
A bonus from yours truly – last year I made this pattern-matched overbust with a complicated asymmetric motif as a challenge to myself. I made this using the techniques in Scarlet Sapsford’s Corset Making course (click the photo to learn more about the course).
*Please note that I have not personally tried every corset brand in this list, nor do I necessarily endorse every company on this list. This is for informational purposes only. Please contact the individual corsetieres for more information on their pattern-matched or motif-matched corsets. Tiddly links are Etsy affiliate links which help keep these galleries online and free to use by everyone.