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This course is only open to students studying Fashion, Costume or Contour.
Many colleges and universities do corsetry modules as part of their fashion/costume/contour courses, but the patterns used are out of date, have no shape, or are designed as costume pieces rather than fully effective and working corsets cut for the modern aesthetic.
This is a one day masterclass for Contour, Fashion and Costume students who want to really understand how a corset works, how they are engineerd, and how to manipulate them into different patterns and styles. We also cover why some corsets/patterns do not work!
In this class 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 and designed to properly modify the body to the archetypal hourglass shape.
We will use the Sew Curvy Victoria pattern to illustrate how a corset works, how it can be adapted, shaped, styled and perfected, and we will make two or three other patterns using the 'Victoria' as a master pattern.
Students will gain a complete 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 will cover:
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.
The class does not cover sewing techniques. By the end of the day, 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 and have 3-4 new patterns to take away with them plus the knowledge to make many more.
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
Paper and pattern making tools (shared)
Access to extensive library and corsets
Only 2 students per class for maximum benefit. To arrange a date please get in touch so that we can arrange a mutually convenient day.