Corsetry

This course is designed to give the student skills needed to make a corset from scratch. It will explore styles from the Tudor, Elizabethan, Restoration, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times and create contemporary pieces.

Course Description

This course is designed to give the student skills needed to make a corset from scratch. It will explore styles from the Tudor, Elizabethan, Restoration, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times and create contemporary pieces.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Gain the knowledge of how to create channels for boning and for sewing the corset from start through fitting to finish.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct a corset.
  • Analyse, fit and complete final alterations after fitting
  • Critically select appropriate materials for corset, including fabrics, interlinings and boning types relevant to period/design/purpose
  • Construct a corset utilising professional finishing skills specific to period/design/purpose
  • Consider how a corset affects silhouette

Course Content

  • An introduction to corsetry: functions, myths & facts
  • Anatomy of a corset
  • Specialist materials and tools used for corsetry
  • Taking accurate measurements for corsetry
  • Working with a pattern & adding seam allowance
  • Creating a toile (mock up) to check the fit
  • How to get the perfect fit
  • How to make fit changes to your pattern
  • How to prepare coutil (specialty corsetry fabric)
  • How to accurately cut out a corset
  • Inserting the busk (centre fastening for dressing convenience)
  • Inserting the waist tape (non-stretch reinforcement)
  • Stitching neat boning channels
  • How to handle and use steel boning
  • How to set two-part eyelets (for a perfect finish without splits)
  • Attaching and finishing the binding of a corset

    Mode of Delivery

    The course will be delivered through demonstration of cutting, appropriate stitching, construction and finishing methods. Handouts and other printed materials will be used as support for design and skill development. 

    Student Portfolio

    Preview works of our certificate students over the years. This collection also gives you access to work processes, tools, machines and other engagements during the entire stay in AUCDT.

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