Our beautiful Chinese Brocade-Polyester has been brought into the shop as part of our ever-expanding corset-making supply collection. This gorgeous fabric has been chosen specifically for corset makers, as it features properties perfect for corsets. This fabric is quite thick and can be used over your coutil base on its own. However, some corset-makers do like to fuse the fabric with a medium weight fusible interfacing, to add a little more body and stiffness. This fabric also does tend to fray, backing it with interfacing will also help prevent fraying.
Each pattern is delicately woven with beautiful, intricate patterns. We have chosen only small patterns, making the fabric great for corsets. Patterns include classic cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, floral, dragons, and even a unique geometric pattern and tiny vine pattern.
This fabric is made from 100% Polyester. This fabric looks almost identical to our Silk/Rayon Chinese Brocade, but at a more economical price! Because this fabric is made from Polyester, it may shrink slightly when ironed. If using fusible interfacing, we recommend fusing the fabric before tracing your pattern or cutting. We also recommend pressing the fabric on the backside only, as irons can cause a “bruising” effect, giving the fabric shiny spots. If you must iron the face, be sure to test on a scrap first and use a silicone iron shoe and/or a press cloth.
This is a narrow fabric, 30″ in width. An average smaller corset or waist cincher requires approximately 1 metre. 1.5-2 metres is required for a longer or larger sized corset. To determine how much fabric you will need, use a large piece of paper or mark with tape on your work surface. Measure 15″ across (the width of the fabric folded in half), marking each end of the measurement on your paper or work surface. It may be helpful to draw or mark lines, at least a metre in length. Then, layout your pattern pieces, making sure that they stay within the 15″ area marked with your pencil or tape. Once your pattern pieces are all placed, simply measure the length they take up. This is also a great way to experiment with how to layout your pattern pieces in the most efficient way possible.