Were you guys getting bored of the post about my corset class in Melbourne being at the top of the blog? I was!
Be ready to be slightly bored by this post: it’s going to be sticky for the next four days (so scroll down for new content).
But I’m not bored by the idea of the class – I’m super excited about it! So just in cased you missed it:
I’ll be teaching a corset making workshop at Melbourne’s fabulous craft lounge, Thread Den on Friday the 6th of April! To read more about the course, check out Thread Den’s class description, and then rush over and book it.
When I mentioned that I was teaching a one-day corset class, a number of you commented on how little time that is to make a corset. And that’s true! Which is why I’m so excited about this class, and so proud of myself.
For over two years I’ve been working on a corset pattern and construction method that can be made up quickly, successfully adapted to a whole range of body types, and taught to those with no experience in historical sewing and corsetmaking.
Some of my corsets take over 25 hours to construct, multiple fitting sessions, and lots and lots of hand-sewing. Most clients can’t afford them, and the construction techniques are impractical to teach. Thus the quest for a quick, affordable, teachable corset.
The corset in these pictures is one of the many prototypes I’ve worked on in developing this corset.
To develop my sewable in under 5, teachable in 8 corset, I’ve looked at and tried all the different methods of corsetmaking that are used commercially today, as well as historical methods. I’ve even played with a few innovations that I’ve never seen discussed in any book or pattern, but I’m sure other people must have hit upon.
I’ve tried some things that worked really well, and those have gone into the ‘keep’ pile.
And I’ve tried some things that well, really, just weren’t that fab. And my students and clients will be benefiting from those trials too!
I’ve made underbust corsets over and over again, checking fitting, checking boning, checking binding, and checking my time.
Now I’m finally at a place where I am confident in teaching the corset, and in offering it to clients!