I haven't tried one myself, or know anyone who has, so I'm not going to name any. But, they are not hard to find. Just type "make your own corset" into a search engine and they will pop up. And, please write comments, if you have tried one of these programs or know anything about them.
Today I'm going to talk about different fabrics one can use to make a corset.
Some people find coutil expensive. But if you are making a corset meant to be worn for extended periods for many years, it is well worth the money for all the time that will be spent making the corset. A corset uses very little fabric.
BUT, what if this is a one time costume party corset or budget community theater corset? There are some other choices. The most important factor is that the fabric has absolutely no stretch.
Please remember there are many reasons people make costumes and corsets, so don't criticize. Sometimes there isn't time to order the perfect fabric and we have to make do with what can be found in the local shops.
And what about boning? Well, everything said about fabrics can be said about boning.
In most cases the best choice is steal boning, unless you are a super authentic re-enactor and can get your hands on baileen/waleboning ... but that's LOTS of work.
What if you are on a super budget or time crunch? ... There is plastic boning, sometimes called feather boning. It can be purchased at most fabric stores. It just doesn't hold up like steel boning. Although, better quality plastic boning can be found on line. Linda Sparks at Farthingales, told me she carries a special kind of feather boning that is much sturdier, but I haven't tried it yet.
But, in a pinch ... there IS feather boning at the local fabric store. It can be replaced later.
More on corsets tomorrow.