Evening & Saturday CoursesFashion Accessories


Offering an introduction to vintage and fashion corset making, this course will give you a basic understanding of the history of corsets and how they have manipulated the female body shape since the 16th Century.

Working in the dedicated university costume studios, you will be taught by Sarah Fraser, a specialist tutor in Costume construction. You will examine the changes in style and construction and look at how corsets change the shape of the body and the silhouette of costume.

Practical demonstrations will take you through the various stages of cutting and making your own bespoke vintage or fashion corset.

You will then explore original and modern techniques of drafting a pattern and work with appropriate fabric of your own choice. You will learn specialist making skills throughout the construction process, including the use of steel and spiral boning techniques. You can even create cupped corsets if thats what takes your fancy.

Areas Covered

  • Drafting a corset pattern, with notes on fit and alteration
  • Making a toile to check for perfect fit
  • Preparing and using coutil fabric
  • Inserting the busk
  • Stitching perfect boning channels
  • Construction methods
  • Cutting/using spiral wire boning and flat steel boning
  • Inserting two part eyelets
  • Finishing and binding the corset
  • Embellishments
  • Lacing the corset

Entry requirements

You must have completed the ‘Clothes Making Skills’ short course or have competent sewing skills and be able to use a sewing machine.

What you need to bring

Notebook, ruler, pencil, rubber and a sewing kit containing: paper scissors, small pointed embroidery scissors, cutting shears, tape measure, pins, needles, white cotton thread and white tailors chalk. You will need to buy outer fabric and matching thread for the corset but not until the course has started.

Please note, during the course you will be required to purchase your own top fabric material after discussion with your tutor.


Autumn Term

  • Saturdays  October 8th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 12th

Class Size

Maximum 12 students


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