Corset belts have been trending for a while now, but as all trends do, it’s now evolving. In addition to wide waist belts and mini corsets, we’re also seeing cropped suiting, but not in the way you’d imagine. This half blazer corset belt is easy to make and even easier to style. Throw it on over your favorite shirt dress (like our Lunaria Dress shown here) or a classic button-up and jeans for an equally flattering look. With the temperatures finally on the rise, this Setaria Dress pattern hack is the perfect project for Mood’s new tropical suitings!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
For this redux, I skipped the pockets to avoid the bulk, and obviously didn’t need to use the collar or sleeves. For the remaining pieces, I cut them 2″ above the waistline notch, like you see below. I also added 1.5″ straight up along the top of each piece for 1/2″ seam allowance and an extra inch of height for the corset belt.
Each piece was then cut twice from both my suiting and lining for the back and side, two from the suiting for the front and front lapel facing, and two from my lining for the front lining piece. Note: Be sure to relabel any pieces that lose their labels when you crop off the top.
To construct, darts were sewn first, following the original guides on the pattern pieces.
Next, sew your main suiting layer by sewing the two back panels at the center back seam. Add the sides followed by the front next, and press open your seams.
The lining layer is put together similarly, with the back and sides first, followed by the front lining and lastly the lapel. Press open your lining seams as well.
The blazer corset can be finished by placing the main layer and lining face to face. Align all your seams and sew around the perimeter, leaving a small section open along one side. Pull the garment right side out and press. Slip-stitch the last few inches of the perimeter closed and then add your buttons!
The waist belt can be created with a 4″x40″ strip. Fold in half along the length, sew, and pull right side out. Fold the raw edge over two ring buckles and stitch to complete.
Will you be giving this redux a try? Let me know in the comments below!