Cupped Corsetry - what to bring

Thank you for signing up for the Cupped Corsetry masterclass taking place at Sew Curvy HQ, 26 Cuckoo Lane, North Leigh, Oxfordshire.

The course will take place over 2 days from 9.30am-5pm Friday - Saturday. Participants are welcome to turn up from 09:00 onwards for coffee.

Over the two days we will cover the way a bra works with the body and how to apply this technology to a corset - and the ways in which bras and corsets work so that a greater understanding of how to make a cupped corset behave in the correct way.

The workshop does not cover basic sewing skills and students should be familiar with the corset making process.

The following materials will be supplied to each person:

- Cotton calico for the mock-up
- Corset boning
- Corset lacing


Students should bring:

  • A toile made up in calico - a kit will be sent to you upon booking
  • Your sewing items (your own familiar tools)
  • Measuring tape
  • Sharp scissors
  • Thread
  • Notpad and pen

Further information

Things we may use in class which will be supplied to share, but if you have your own, feel free to bring:

- French curve / flexible curve
- Tapered awl 

Other specialist tools such as pliers and cutters will be available for communal use.

Sewing machines

There is no need to bring a sewing machine as these are kindly provided for us by Janome UK.  If you would like to bring your own, that is no problem either.  

Mock Up

You must make a calico mock up of your corset before the class.  If you do not make a toile you will not gain anything from the course.  Instructions:

  • I will send you a pattern, calico and boning in the post.
  • From the pattern, select your nearest standard size - go by your nearest waist measurement.
  • Cut the pattern out in calico (you must add seam allowances as the pattern does not have seam allowances)
  • Cut the centre front on a fold - if you dont remember this, don't worry - we just need a flat front.
  • Stitch together the toile, press the seams open and stick your bones to the seams with masking tape.
  • Punch holes in the CB of your corset at 2cm gaps.

All of these instructions are available to download here.  You can make a toile in coutil if you prefer - or any strong, non stretch fabric.

Your toile should look like this:



Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided along with a light sandwich lunch (vegetarian), and possibly a cake or two ;)

Directions and recommended places to stay are on the website here.

In the meantime, if you have any queries at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch

Buying corset making supplies

There is a small selection of corset making tools and gadgets for cash sales available in the classroom, however, if you would like to buy a more comprehensive range of corsetry supplies such as fabric and boning,  please purchase these in advance via Sew Curvy and they will be ready for collection when you get here.  Orders must be received at least 2 days before the start of your course so that we have time to pack them for you.  If you pay by Paypal I will refund your postage, if you want to pay cash on delivery, that is fine too, just pic the BACS option when paying.  Remember to leave a note on your order that you are collecting on your course.

I am unable to process orders while you are here as collecting fabric and boning for potentialy 6 people is too time consuming and takes my attention away from the class.