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A three day introduction to corset making course for those wishing to explore the basics of corsetry. Although this is a beginners corsety course, it is quite intense and suited to those who are used to using commercial sewing patterns and are confident with a sewing machine but who have never made a Victorian style steel boned corset before. Price includes refreshments, lunch and materials.
During the workshop, we will spend the first half day discussing how a corset works, the anatomy of a corset, appropriate fabrics for corsetry, different methods and styles of corsetry, and corsetry hardware. We will then measure up and create a toile from calico. Over the next 2.5 days, we will fit the corset precisely and make a well fitting, professional grade single layer overbust corset from coutil with steel boning, front busk fastner and metal two part eyelets.
The workshop will use the Sew Curvy overbust corset pattern and the following topics will be covered :
Tracing, marking and cutting the corset pattern, with notes on fit and alteration
Making a toile to check for perfect fit
Preparing and using coutil fabric
Inserting the busk fastener
Stitching perfect boning channels
Assembly without wrinkles
Cutting/using spiral wire boning and flat steel boning
Inserting two part eyelets
Finishing and binding the corset
Lacing the corset
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Please note, this corsetry course does not cover basic sewing skills.
The following materials are included in the price and will be supplied to each person:
Cotton calico for the mock-up
Spiral and flat steel boning
Pattern & tracing paper
A comprehensive list of what students should bring with them will be supplied prior to the weekend.
On this course, students will learn how to make a corset from start to finish and in addition there will be ample opportunities to examine part made and complete corsets, different types of corsetry and also a chance to leaf through an extensive library of corsetry books.
By the end of the weekend you will have an extremely good understanding of how to make and fit a modern steel boned corset based on Victorian and Edwardian technology, how a corset works and how to apply this knowledge to different sizes and body shapes. This corsetry course is unique amongst other courses available as it is taught by a full time professional corsetiere and will give you an exceptional grounding for future corset making endeavours.
The cost of the workshop is per person and includes venue hire, tuition, materials detailed above, morning and afternoon refreshments and a delicious sandwich lunch (vegetarian to cover all). Fees are non refundable* but in the event of cancellation may be used towards goods or the cost of a different course or workshop.
This course is taught by Julia Bremble, author of the best selling e-book, "Corset Making, from beginner to intermediate" published by Rainbow disks in 2012. Julia who has been making corsets for 10 years runs the popular online corset making supplies shop Sew Curvy and also operates a bespoke corsetry service under the label Clessidra. Julia, through her study of anthropometrics and anatomy alongside traditional pattern cutting, has developed a unique method and approach to corset making which she has been teaching for the past 4 years. During that time she has become established and acknowledged as a leading expert in the field and has taught students from all over the world in her woodland studio in rural Oxfordshire. Julia's work has been featured on the BBC, in local and national press and she is the founder and organiser of the annual "Oxford Conference of Corsetry" a unique event, the first of it's kind, which brings together corset makers of all levels from all over the world to network, share information and learn from eachother.