Edwardian Corsetry - what to bring

Thank you for signing up for the Edwardian Corset Making Course which is due to take place at Sew Curvy HQ, 26 Cuckoo Lane, North Leigh, Oxfordshire.

The course will take place over 3 days from 9.30am-5pm Friday - Sunday. Participants are welcome to turn up from 09:00 onwards for coffee.

Over the three days we will cover the anatomy of an Edwardian corset, measuring the body, fitting tips, and construction techniques and the difference between Victorian and Edwardian corsetry.  We will use this information to construct a single layer Edwardian corset in plain herringbone coutil.

The workshop is an advanced corsetry course and students should therefore be confident with other types of corsetry, a sewing machine and know how to work with fabric.

The following materials will be supplied to each person:

  • Cotton calico for the mock-up
  • Coutil
  • Busk fastener
  • Steel boning 
  • Bias binding
  • Eyelets
  • Lacing
  • Pattern



Students should bring:

- Sharp sewing machine needles (size 80)
- Measuring tape
- Marking tools
- Sharp scissors or rotary cutters (with mat)  - Please note you will get better results with a rotary cutter and mat.
- Your favourite sewing bits
- Notpad and pen

Please do not bring fashion fabric - it will not be used.

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
- Tapered awl
- Fabric hole punch/eyelet clamp (compatible with Prymm eyelets)

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. 


Because Edwardian corsetry has some different techniques to Victorian and because we will discuss how to make a 'fashion' version, we will be making a basic Edwardian corset with plain herringbone coutil in black or white.  This is the easiest fabric to work with when starting with Edwardian corsetry.   The object of the course is to learn techniques which can be applied to other fabrics and styles in the future.   

Buying corset making supplies

I have 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.  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.  

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



Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided along with a light sandwich lunch (vegetarian), cakes, fruit, soft drinks, tea/coffee and afternoon biccies.

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 : julia@sewcurvy.com