The Tex system (most likely derived from the word textile) was created as a new standard of consistent thread measurement and intended to replace all other methods of measurement of threads. Tenacity is essential in a sewing thread used for corsetry production. Quality is ensured by using fine threads which offer high seam strength yet appear discreet.
The Tex standard uses 1,000 meters of thread per gram as the starting point. This means if 1,000 meters of thread weighs one gram, it is Tex 1. If 1,000 meters of thread weighs 25 grams, it is Tex 25.
If you like your corset panels sewn as wrinkle free and fuss-free as possible then you're going to love Heat & Bond Lite. I learned about this product from fellow corsetiere Amber Welch of Lovely Rat's Corsetry a few years ago. It is a game changer when it comes to professional grade corsetry creations.
The Heat & Bond Lite is an iron-on, sewable, double-sided adhesive. It is perfect for fusing satin to coutil or other foundation fabrics. If you plan to make a single layer corset or one with a floating layer the Heat & Bond Lite does all the bonding without any additional weight or stiffness. Also, its easy to remove in case you make a mistake. You can order a bolt of it online or purchase it by the yard at a fabric store. There is also heat n bond ultra that has more adhesive, but the ultra gums up your needles so choose wisely.
When I begin fabric preparation my first step is to iron out the fashion fabric that will be fused to the coutil with the Heat & Bond Lite. I love the fact that the Heat & Bond Lite has a paper back so I can trace my panels onto the adhesive cut then save myself tons of fabric later on. It does not have to be on grain so you can just cut where ever it is sticky.
I am pleased to begin sharing some of my favorite resources for corsetry making and more. I want to start with the least expensive items first because corsetry is a hobby that can very quickly become an expensive venture. I know the prices of corset coutil tends towards $20 per yard for the good stuff and that does not include the price of shipping. I have personally been able to create my mockups with Carr Textile's fabrics and they fuse wonderfully to the silk charmeuse I have used in the past.
Carr Textile has some of the loveliest strongest fabrics around. I found them by happenstance at the textile show at the Javits Center sometime in 2017. I made fast friends with my supplier as current trade talks are making it more difficult to source inexpensive cotton. If you have been following the news about the trade talks between China and the US, then you have likely seen news stories about the increased tariffs on Textile products. Carr Textile is facing rising costs on tariffs, raw materials, chemicals, and transportation which affects a handful of Polyester and Nylon programs that will require a price increase effective July 13, 2019:Our Core programs of Poly/Cotton Twill, Cotton Twills, Canvas, and Poplins are not affected and we are able to pass along a price decrease on the 10oz Duck Program. THIS was news to my ears. I had to share this with other designers who need to source for production and small orders.
If you don't need more than a few yards cut and mailed then use this affiliate link and it'll be with you in days. For all of those who wish to make a larger quantity order over 50 yards you will need to go through the company directly to create an invoice. It is super easy and I had my roll of 50 yards delivered within a week.
A link to the other colors in Vienna Herringbone 9oz can be found here.
Carr Textile has the best herringbone cotton!!!
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Hello! I'm a self-taught seamstress with over 17 years industry experience and a knack for teaching my skills to noobies. Ask me any corsetry related questions. I am happy to help guide you in your corsetry making adventures.