Make Your Own Corset

When and Where

10 May 2019 - 12 Jul 2019 (27 hours, 9 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 13:30 - 16:30
Morley College London


Full fee
£295 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Katharine Harrison
Course code

What you will learn

This series of courses is designed to give you all the skills needed to make a corset from scratch. Immerse yourself in the history of corsetry or create something futuristic and experimental. Explore styles from Tudor, Elizabethan, Restoration, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times as well as create corsets for parties, burlesque or high fashion. You are taken through the entire process as you learn how to take measurements and convert them into a corset pattern to your own size. Gain the knowledge of how to create channels for boning and for sewing the corset from start through fitting to finish. Making corsets is an essential skill needed to create a proper historic silhouette and is much sought after by Theatre and Film production companies as well as in the fashion industry.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • To cut a pattern in your own size for a corset
  • To complete necessary alterations after fitting
  • To select and use suitable materials for corsets, including fabrics, interlinings and boning types
  • To use appropriate construction and professional finishing skills specific to period corsetry
  • To understand how a corset affects silhouette

Class format and activities

After examination and discussion of examples, the tutor will demonstrate cutting, appropriate stitching, construction and finishing methods. Handouts and other printed materials will be used as support for design and skill development. If you are a returning student, you will be able to build on the work you already done appropriate to the period. Teaching will be in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis and you will be encouraged to develop your creativity.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This is an Intermediate level course.

Before you enrol, you must have achieved the following:

• draft a simple pattern for a skirt, bodice or trouser using a standard size block
• use a variety of pattern manipulation techniques
• Adjust patterns using basic methods
• Use pattern lays, balance marks, grainline and selvedge
• Use sewing machinery accurately
• Have constructed at least 3 garments to a good standard, including 1 top
• Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
• Mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential

What you need to know before you enrol

Working on patterns and cutting fabric can involve standing at high tables. Please tell the tutor if this is a problem for you.
Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios - no liquids at all are allowed.

What you will need for your class

The right tools and equipment for this specialist area are essential and these will be discussed during the first lesson and a list will be provided but you should bring:
• a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, sharp trimming scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure
• dressmaker’s tracing wheel and carbon paper
• a selection of hand sewing needles and threads
• notepad and pens, pencils, sharpener and eraser
• you must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. but these will be discussed during the first lesson
• paper and card are available for use in the classroom
• calico for toiling is available at cost price from your tutor
• you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course

What you can do next

You can attend further Make your Own Corset courses to further develop and expand your skills. We also offer a variety of specialist costume and accessories courses. Please consult the course guide for further details.

You might want to try one of the following:
Costume Design and Making: The Roaring 20s & 30s
Costume Design and Making:Fabulous 40s & 50s
Costume Design and Making: Cosplay
Lingerie: Introduction to Bespoke Bra Making

Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: