Oxford School of Corsetry - check the Directions page for logistics
This course is only open to students studying Fashion, Costume or Contour or established designers wishing to hone their skills. Must have a good understanding of dress blocks, and general pattern making and must have made at least one corset.
This is a one day masterclass for people who want to really understand how a corset works, how they are engineered, and how to manipulate them into different patterns and styles. We also cover why some corsets/patterns do not work!
There are several options as to what you can do on your study day. We can either look at your own patterns and discuss how to change them so that they are more effective or we can run through more advanced techniques and and procedures to polish your corset making.
Typically we will look at a corset pattern (yours or mine), discuss how it works, and make a toile to illustrate the things we have been examining and that youwant to learn.
On your study day we will look at corsets you've already made along with their patterns, and then compare the fit and shape to a modern corset cut for the modern aesthetic, designed to properly modify the body to the archetypal hourglass shape.
All students will gain an understanding of how to map the 2 dimensional pattern to a 3 dimensional shape, and subsequently adapt any corset pattern to the best shape and fit possible, and how to engineer it to get the required results.
Maximum of 2 students per class in order that you can get the most out of the day, with follow up support by email.
Course is dictated by your needs but can typically cover any of the following subjects in the time given:
History - a breif overview of Victorian and Edwardian corsetry and how antique corsetry relates to modern corsetry and shape
Fit - looking at examples of bad fit and good fit and discussing the reasons why
Engineering - How to fit the corset to it's best advantage for the modern aesthetic - ie: how to shift your weight distribution in the right places to acheive the right sillhoette
Pattern manipuation - how to map the flat pattern on to paper and how to adapt it into other shapes and styles using that information.
Cupped corsetry - how to add cups and other style lines
Wrinkle free sewing - how to cope with fashion fabrics, turn of cloth and those pesky wrinkles! It's all in the technique.
Shape - how to improve your shape for more drama and effect without changing a single measurement!
Comfort - improve the comfort of your corsets
The class does not cover sewing techniques. The overall objective is that students will know how to acheive the dramatic shape, style and sillhoete they want, utilising simple techniques to acheive the best shape with the most comfort.
Included in the price:
Tuition by acknowledged corset authority Julia Bremble, author of "Corset Making", founder of Oxford Conference of Corsetry/Oxford School of Corsetry and owner of popular online corsetry supply shop, Sew Curvy
Morning and afternoon refreshments
Access to extensive library and corsets
Cost of the class does NOT include materials.
Only 2 students per class for maximum benefit. Please see the selection of dates available and please complete the form in your confirmation email within 14 days of receipt. If you do not complete this form within the specified period, your study day will be cancelled.