Sewing - Fashion Corset Making

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Course description

Learn to create what is probably the most controversial garment in the history of fashion – the corset.

Starting with your basic machine sewing knowledge the course will lead you through the basic steps in creating a fashion satin corset including taking measurements, pattern alteration, fitting and finishing off your individually tailored and boned bodice to wear. Learn about the garments history and be surprised at how easy and fun producing a corset is. Keep it plain to wear with jeans or add trims for an elegant evening garment.

Students need basic sewing skills and access to a sewing machine out of class times.

If you want to learn Corset Making in Sydney, then this course is for you.


  • Sewing Essentials or Sew Simple 1 or equivalent basic sewing skills


During this course the intention is that the following topics will be covered, but not necessarily in the order given. Due to the variable nature of Adult Education classes, parts of the curriculum may be adapted to suit the needs of the class.

Students will be individually guided through the practical sewing, alteration and finishing skills involved in creating the corset which includes inserting boning and eyelets. Instruction notes are provided at the beginning of each session and students are directed to historical sources in order to gain an interest and knowledge of the history of the corset.

Session One:

  • Taking correct body measurements
  • Choosing a corset style from a basic block pattern and modifying this to fit with individual body measurements
  • Discussion of materials such as suitable fabrics, linings, trims and boning which students will need to purchase for the second session, and suppliers of these materials

Session Two:

  • Create a calico toile to form the basis of the corset from the blocks altered in Session One
  • In pairs, students try and fit the corset and are supervised through a fitting
  • All fittings will be discussed by the class at large to demonstrate how common problems can be solved to develop understanding of a good corset fit
  • Students will then transfer their adjustments to their paper pattern in order to cut their fabric and lining of choice

Session Three:

  • Continue with project
  • Demonstration and application of trimmings and finishing the corset including eyelets

Sessions Four and Five and Six:

  • Continue with project


The intended Learning Outcomes for this course are as follows.

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Created an individually tailored corset
  • Learned how to take correct body measurements
  • Learned how to select and modify existing block patterns to individual measurements
  • Gained an awareness of appropriate tools and materials as well as where to get them
  • Gained a historical awareness of corsets and their use in contemporary fashion

Other Information

Please bring:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Tailors chalk
  • Pins
  • Safety pins
  • Assorted hand sewing needles
  • Assorted machine needles
  • Pens/pencils (2B pencil)
  • Notebook
  • 1m of calico
  • *2 x Singer bobbins

Basic kits with the bare essentials are available for purchase for $20 directly from the front office. Each kit contains:

  • Glass head pins
  • White sewing thread
  • A tape measure
  • Thread clippers
  • A cream zipper
  • 2 x clear plastic bobbins

If you wish to use the College machines, please buy only a SINGER bobbin.

Please wear closed in shoes.

PLS NOTE: Avoid disappointment. Enrol early. ***Please be aware that you may be informed of a course change via SMS or E-mail. Please ensure you provide up-to-date details.

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • Jane said: Lisa conveyed complicated information and techniques clearly and in an engaging manner. I feel really pleased to have completed the corset and will wear it a lot over the next few years. Since I'm not an experienced sewer, it took me about four additional days of sewing on top of the class time. The course should probaby be 8 weeks instead of 6.

  • Irwin said: Lisa was an amazing teacher! she made the course very fun. My only criticism is that the course was a little bit short. if it was two lessons longer it would be perfect. Or of their was an extension class

  • Anne said: Lisa is a great instructor. Very encouraging and supportive. I enjoyed learning more re: how to fit and great tips on construction. I also appreciated being able to purchase the bonding & lacing via Lisa.

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