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Sewing Corsets: Essential Techniques

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Discover the secrets for making a corset that's beautiful and flattering. Learn how to use speciality fabric, build structure, add elegant details and more!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Alison Smith
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Build classic corset-making skills as you embark on a sewing adventure with School of Sewing founder Alison Smith, MBE. During class, she'll show you how to create a corset that's perfectly structured to flatter the figure. You'll begin by learning how to pick the pattern, fabric and structural pieces that are important for this slimming garment. Then Alison will share tips for a full-bust adjustment. Ready to give your corset structure and shape? You'll discover techniques for incorporating boning, busks and eyelets. Next, you'll see how to accurately stitch panels, join your corset and create channels for boning. Finish your corset by inserting steel bones, binding the edges and adding decorative trim.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Corset Essentials
Meet Alison Smith, MBE, founder of the School of Sewing, author and pattern designer. In Alison's expert hands, you'll learn about the structure of a modern Victorian-style corset, the fabrics and patterns to use, and how to adjust your pattern for a full bust.
2. Cutting & Preparing Fabrics
3. Seam Construction
4. Corset Front & Busk
5. Corset Back & Fitting
6. Channels, Casings & Boning
7. Finishing Details

Recommended with this class

  • Coutil fabric for corset body
  • Steel boning
  • Busk

Taught by

Alison  Smith
Alison Smith
Alison Smith is the United Kingdom's premier teacher of dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry. She is the first person to receive the award of Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to sewing and corsetry! Alison runs the School of Sewing and is the author of the best-seller "The Sewing Book," with more than 300,000 copies sold worldwide, as well as "Dressmaking Step by Step." Alison participates in many sewing shows and writes regularly for sewing magazines.

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