Intermediate sewing experience - must be a competent sewer familiar with commercial dress patterns. Knowledge of the basic blody block / sloper is helpful. Must have made at least one corset. This is an intense course with some maths involved.
Tuition, basic materials, lunch and refreshments for 5 days.
An intense 5 day course covering all aspects of corset making from beginning to finish. During this summer school, students will
Draft a corset pattern from scratch using their own measurements
Learn how to engineer a corset pattern and how it works on the body
Learn to fit the corset properly and make adjustments
Pattern manipulation - how to change the basic pattern with notes on style lines and adding cups
Make a three layer corset with fashion fabric and lining including turn of cloth techniques and how to avoid the dreaded wrinkles!
Embellish the corset with their choice of lace, flossing, embroidery, crystal application etc., (student to bring own embellishments)
There will also be information on how to acheive different looks with different types of decorative effects such as how to make external boning channels and how to use cording.
This is a very intense course and it is recommended that attendees are familiar with basic block patterns for dressmaking as this will aid understanding of the corset block.
The corset patterning section will cover
How the measurements relate to the body and the pattern
How to transfer those measurements onto paper to create a beautiful shape altering garment - a 12 panel overbust corset.
We will then make a toile and fit it perfectly before going on to make a three layer fashion corset which will cover essential techniques such as turn of cloth and how to make straight stitching lines. After the corset is made we will embellish it with flossing and other sparkly things - students must bring their own lace/crystals/feathers/trims etc.,
The following topics will be covered in addition to those already mentioned:
Measurements required for corsetry, and taking accurate measurements
The corset block and how it works
Drafting a basic 6 panel modern hourglass overbust corset pattern to your own measurements
Making a toile (mock-up) from your personal pattern to check for perfect fit
Fitting the corset toile
Notes on how to manipulate the corset pattern
Adjusting the master pattern
Cutting and preparing fabric for corsetry
Turn of cloth when using fashion fabric
how to make and insert a floating lining
How to sew straight and secure boning channels which are neat on the outside
Notes on how to make external boning channels
Notes on cording techniques
Notes on different boning effects
Acheiving a professional couture finish
Flossing and embroidery techniques
How to apply lace applique
How to apply rhinestones and sequins
Other surface embellishments
This is an advanced course for experienced seamstresses. I will expect students to have made at least one or two authentic corsets before attending this course as I will not be covering basic things like inserting the busk or grommets and I will not be talking indepth about boning or other basic corsetry components. If you need to know any of those things, then you should sign up for the Beginners Course.
In summary, basic sewing techniques and basic corsetry information will not be covered. You must know how to grain up fabric, how to follow a commercial dressmaking pattern, how to make bias binding and you must know the basics of corsetry components, how to insert a busk, and what corset boning looks like. The workshop does not cover general sewing techniques.
The following materials will be supplied to each person:
2m pattern drafting paper
1m cotton calico
1 set of spiral and flat boning (enough for a 6 panel corset)
1 busk fastner
1m plain herringbone coutil fabric
6m corset lacing
Students should bring:
Fashion fabric (with ready made bias binding to match)
Notepad and pens/pencils
Favourite sewing tools
A more comprehensive list of what students should bring with them will be supplied upon confirmation of booking.
There will be opportunities to look at part made and complete corsets, different types of corsetry and also a chance to leaf through an extensive library of corset books.
The cost of this 5 day unique course is £1200.00 per person and includes 5 days of tuition in our dedicated corset school classroom, morning and afternoon refreshments and a lovely sandwich lunch with fruit, cake and refreshments every day.
This is a unique course not offfered anywhere else in the world and taught by an acknowledged expert in the field. Because of the format of the workshop it will not be possible to attend for one day only.
Payment options available, either pay all in one go, or 2 installments to be agreed.
There are only four spaces available and will only commence with a minumum of two registrations. Please read the description before booking and also the terms and conditions .
You will receive a booking confirmation upon check out with a link to further details.
This corsetry 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.
*Cancellation policy: Fees are non refundable upon cancellation but may be redeemed against alternative dates/courses or put towards personal tution if the course is cancelled more than a month in advance. For courses cancelled up to 1 month prior, fees are not refundable unless the space can be re-sold. Courses cancelled within 7 days will not be refunded. Sew Curvy retains the right to cancel or defer a course up to 7 days prior to the start date. In the unlikely event of this happening alternative dates or a refund will be offered. In the event that an alternative date is booked, then the cancellation policy comes back into force from date of booking.