Basic Sewing & Your Sewing Machine


£120 (6 weeks course)

Dates to be confirmed

Gain confidence in sewing tasks. Whether you need to gain knowledge and confidence in your own machine or would like to borrow a machine to try your hand at learning some beneficial sewing techniques.

Basic sewing and gaining confidence in your Sewing machine. Come along and either learn how to use your sewing machine or if you need to gain confidence to make progress with your sewing this is the class for you! Learn some basic sewing skills, putting in zips, repairs to garments and various hemline techniques.

Corsets: Beginners and Advanced

3/4th March  11am-5pm  and 10am-4pm (sunday)

£135 plus £45 materials.

Venue: Hangstones Pavillon,  Bristol .  

(Basic sewing skills required)  

Advanced: you need to have attended the Basics course or having sewing experience.

Come along and to  make a fully fitted, boned, lined, and back-laced corset in a material of your choice.  The Corset provides excellent support and  bodyshaping, in my informative weekend Workshops. These corsets are created to be worn as outer or under garments and can reduce your waistline by upto 5 inches. I encourage all sizes from XXS to XXXL plus. Nobody is too large or too small.

Over the two day workshop you can opt to create an overbust corset or underbust style ‘waspie’ corset sometimes used as a cincer and can be used as a waist-training corset.

Only Basic sewing skills are required for these Workshops. I will provide the  Paper pattern and structuring materials provided,these are  based on original Victorian patterns and I am happy to adapt sizing to suit your shape and measurements. These corsets are beautifully constructed using 3 layers, a top layer,an interlining and traditional cotton Coutil. They contain a steel busk to fasten the front, have 4 steel supports to slot into  the back and also contain 14-18 steel flexible spirals bones for long life and comfort.

Not only will you leave the workshop with your own corset after the weekend* but also a pleasing and more advanced  sewing skills. This is an admired craft and easy to manage for the beginner and indeed inspiring for those of you who are more confidant stitchers.

Advanced Corsetry:

If you have attended  such a workshop or class before, you may like to advance your skills by changing your pattern or making an advanced version. Experiment with leather, lace and different methods of trim. If you are an admirer of corsets, you may wish to create a ‘waist trainer’ a corset for lingerie use or as a leather accessory to wear as a belt style waist cincer. Please get in touch to discuss the options.

I will bring along several corsets to the workshop for  you to handle, experiment with and to try on.

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