When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Lynda Kinne
  • Course Code W22FASE01A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Victorian fashions have always held the public fascination. The allure of corsets, tight bodices with exaggerated sleeves, lace and jet embellishment, voluminous draped skirts and the cages and bustles that underpin it all. You will learn valuable costuming skills and be guided through a variety of practical techniques to recreate period understructures that are essential to achieving the correct Victorian silhouette. You will be introduced to a selection of different caged skirts and choose one to make depending on the specific decade of the 19th Century that you are interested in making. The relevance of these types of understructures resonates to this day from couture to cosplay and you will be able to use the transferrable skills sets learned on this course to a wide variety of outcomes. This is the first class in our Victorian Costuming Series that go through all the elements that you need to make an entire Victorian outfit. The other courses will individually cover Victorian Bodices, Victorian Corset and Victorian Skirts to complete the outfit.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Gather and evaluate historical research to develop historical silhouettes
  • Understand how understructures influence silhouette
  • Apply techniques to make a variety of Victorian understructures
  • Correctly use the diverse terminology and vocabulary of Victorian costume
  • Have a deeper understanding of the lived past


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Mode of delivery: In-Centre. Activities: Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual one to one basis, using, demonstrations, videos, examples, samples, handouts and any other support materials where appropriate. Assessment methods: Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the above learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals. 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. Attendance and punctuality is crucial. You will not achieve the desired learning outcomes if you cannot attend fully. You must inform your tutor for the reasons of any lateness or absences.

    Entry requirements

    This is an intermediate level course. •Suitable for people with previous sewing and crafting experience •Students must be able to speak, read and write in English •Basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    • This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.• Some study in your own time is required if you wish to take full advantage of the course.• 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 – bottled water is allowed.

    What you need

    •a sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, dressmaker’s pins. •pen, notebook, A4 ring binder and clear plastic pockets *pattern paper and card are available for use in the studio*

    What you can do next

    We have a wide range of fashion term long and weekend courses which may be of interest to you. Please consult www.morleycollege.ac.uk to see our full offering. You might want to try one of the following: Victorian Bodices, Victorian Corsets and Victorian Skirts. Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course of HNC/HND and BA offering can be the first step to making Fashion your new career.