How to draw a corset

Learning how to draw a corset and corset laces will improve your fashion sketches and sexy lingerie designs. The corset is a compliment for the female body and can be designed to suit evening gowns, luxurious lingerie, and even casual wear. In this tutorial, you will also learn how to draw lacing, which has so many different applications in fashion design, not to mention the shoelaces!

Time, Tools and Difficulty:

Time to complete the tutorial: 12min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, markers, and an eraser
Difficulty level: 6/10

How to draw a corset in 7 fast steps:

Step 1: The base

Start by drawing a nice, curvy female torso. Make sure you make the waistline slightly smaller than usual since this is the effect corsets cause. Use the “How to draw female torso” tutorial to help you.
From the center of the breast pull two vertical lines towards the model’s waist. These are bust Centerlines.
Draw a horizontal line to mark the bustier top line and mark its bottom line.

How to draw a corset and lacing in fashion illustrations

Step 2: Corset silhouette

Add dimension to your sketch by perfecting your corset’s outlines. Notice how the bottom line is now slightly curving up and that the corset is outside of the body on the sides.
Change the horizontal line at the bust to a wavy line. The picks of the wave are exactly on bust Centerlines.

Designing new silhouettes is the best part of being a fashion designer. Use your imagination to create interesting top and bottom lines for your collections!

How to draw a corset silhouette

Step 3: Cut it!

Use the bust Centerlines to build the so-called “princess seams”, that is typical for this kind of outfit.
Follow the changes: the line is moving out, while on the chest. Then it goes slightly in like the corset outline does, and at reaching the waistline it goes out again.
Draw two parallel lines between the cheats – this is where the corset closing is about to happen.

How to draw a corset

Step 4: Draw some lacing holes

On the sides of the vertical line, you just made start drawing small circles. They represent the holes that the lacing will go through in order to close the corset.
Make sure the holes are nicely aligned both horizontally and vertically.

For the sake of better explanation the holes are in different colors. The right side of the lacing will go through all the blue holes. The left side of the lacing will go through all the red holes

How to draw a corset and lacing

Draw the first part of the lacing between the bottom two holes.

Step 5: Right lace

Here is where the magic happens! Starting from the bottom-most blue hole move up, using diagonal lines. You will go through only the blue holes and remember the rule of thumb: Start behind, finish upfront!
This means that the lacing will start from the vertical line next to hole N1 (creating the illusion it is behind) and will finish in hole N2 going over the vertical line.
Erase all unnecessary lines.

How to draw a corset and lacing in  fashion sketches

Step 6: Left lace

Basically the logic is the same as in the previous step, except for one little detail. The left part of the lacing will go under the right one.
Meaning that you should stop when you reach the already drawn lacing.
Use the same technique as in the previous step, but touching only red holes this time.

How to draw corset and lacing for fashion sketches

Step 7: Draw the ribbon

The corset lacing is ready, now it’s time to draw a beautiful ribbon and clean up your illustration from unnecessary lines and give it a nice color of your choice. For a more finished and stunning look of your fashion illustration, you can match the corset with pairs of leather pants and high heels.

How to draw the corsets' ribbon

I hope this step by step tutorial was useful for you, now get inspired and draw some beautiful, sexy corsets for your fashion portfolio!

How to draw corset and lacing final steps
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22 Comments

  1. [quote name=”sexy lingerie”]Was hoping this would show how to draw a corset well, but it doesn’t. It just shows how to draw a bustier. Which is a shame.
    Corsets generally only lace up at the back – they have a busk at the front. And they are curvy at the waist, unlike this. They also don’t have a gap between the bottom edge and the hips – they fit flush. And they definitely don’t have crease marks at the waist! Or elsewhere for that matter.[/quote]

    Hi,
    You can draw the the lacing whereaver your imagination takes you :-) It is easy to apply the shown method to the back of the corset and create a different design.
    Regarding gaps and creases – in case the chothes are made of fabric they will Always have them. The illustrator can prefer not to draw them, but this will make the setch less realistic.
    Have fun creating beautiful designs!

  2. Was hoping this would show how to draw a corset well, but it doesn’t. It just shows how to draw a bustier. Which is a shame.
    Corsets generally only lace up at the back – they have a busk at the front. And they are curvy at the waist, unlike this. They also don’t have a gap between the bottom edge and the hips – they fit flush. And they definitely don’t have crease marks at the waist! Or elsewhere for that matter.

  3. I really found this really helpful ! The problem is that I don’t have other ideas to do another design than this one! :sad: well, I thought of the back! Like in most wedding dresses! I think that will work and again thank u! :-|

  4. Like a previous comment has said, this is more of a bustier, not a corset. A true corset laces in back, and has a busk down the center front in front. Not to mention that this is an incorrect method of lacing and tying off a corset.

    In reality if you made this, it wouldn’t have the slimming effect that corsets do, if that is what you desired. Pretty yes, functional no.

  5. Was hoping this would show how to draw a corset well, but it doesn’t. It just shows how to draw a bustier. Which is a shame.
    Corsets generally only lace up at the back – they have a busk at the front. And they are curvy at the waist, unlike this. They also don’t have a gap between the bottom edge and the hips – they fit flush. And they definitely don’t have crease marks at the waist! Or elsewhere for that matter.

  6. [quote name=”Mollie”]Thank you sosososo much, can you please show how to draw a map dress or textile? xxx[/quote]
    or how to draw a satchel? xxxx ;)

  7. u r 2 good :lol: :lol: .its very important assignment 4 me.can u show how to drw & color velvet fabric :roll: thnx……….

  8. love it … you are amazing ….. i wish i can have lessons from you … but i live in dubai … thanx for the tutorial ….

  9. Very useful and also applicable to shoe laces right?I wanted to ask you if you use fixative and also what brand of pastels do you reccomend?Do you think Conte A Paris is good for both pastels and fixative?

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