When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor To be confirmed
  • Course Code W22FASE03C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Continuing this year's theme of Victorian costuming we are delighted to be able to present to you the rare opportunity to learn how to make Ribbon and Summer corsets, a fascinating subset of the greater world of Victorian corsetry. Experience first hand how the dress reformers of the time were influencing daily fashions and making it possible to enjoy the sun and sporting activities with less restrictions. 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate ability to construct a corset from your pattern
  • Analyse fit and complete final alterations after fitting
  • Critically select appropriate materials for corset, including fabrics, interlinings and boning types relevant to period/design/purpose
  • Construct a corset utilising professional finishing skills specific to period/design/purpose


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    After examination and discussion of examples, the tutor will demonstrate drafting, 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 have already done. Teaching is delivered on site as a whole class, involving small-group discussions and teaching, demonstrations, photos and explanations of each stage of construction, as well as group discussion/ troubleshooting with the tutor. In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback. Good attendance and punctuality is crucial. You will not achieve the desired learning outcomes if you cannot attend fully and dedicate the required time between courses. Please inform your tutor regarding any lateness or absences. Teaching will be in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis and you will be encouraged to develop your creativity. This is a practical course so students will need to be comfortable having their corset fitted to themselves. On fitting days, students are advised to wear close-fitting modest clothing such as T-shirts and Leggings for optimal fit. Private fitting areas will be available.

    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 out fabric can involve standing at high tables for a period of time. Please let the tutor know if this would be difficult 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 a lift access to the first floor. Please note the eating is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water.

    What you need

    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 Also:• 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

    Ready for more? So are we! Continue your journey with us in a variety of engaging courses on offer all the way up to a full BA (Hons) in Fashion Design. Find out more at www.morelycollege.ac.uk