Fitting and Foundations - what to bring

The fitting and foundations corsetry class is a one day fitting masterclass which takes place on a Saturday from 9.30-5pm.  You are welcome to turn up from 09:00 onwards for coffee.  Please check the Logistics section of my website for directions and places to stay:  
It is important that you are prompt for this class.  It is a very intense day and I will not be able to go over things that have been covered for latecomers.
By the end of the course you will know how to make a basic corset toile, how a corset works, and therefore how to fit it correctly so that you have the most pleasing results.  This will be useful for general corset making but also for understanding corsetted dress foundations.  There will be special emphasis on bust fitting which is by far the most difficult part of corsetry.  By the end of the day you will have the knowledge and confidence to be able to experiment and adapt.  

The following topics will be covered:

  • Measurements required for corsetry, and taking accurate measurements
  • The corset block and how it works
  • Making a toile (mock-up) from your personal pattern to check for perfect fit
  • Fitting the corset toile
  • Adjusting the master pattern and pattern hygiene

The workshop does not cover corset construction techniques or sewing skills and students should therefore be confident with a sewing machine and know how to work with fabric.

 The following materials will be supplied to each person
  • Pattern
  • Calico
  • Corset boning
  • Lacing 
You should bring with you:
  • Notepad, pencil and eraser
  • Masking tape
  • Coloured pencils
  • Fabric cutting scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Your favourite sewing things


Sewing machines
Sewing machines are kindly provided by Janome UK so there is no need to bring your own unless you particularly would like to.  If you prefer to bring your own, that's OK too.
Other specialist tools will be available for communal use.
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.  

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 of fabric and boning 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.


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