Corset Making for Fashion and Costume (one week) - at Nottingham Trent University



This practical course is for anyone who has a personal or professional interest in fashion, vintage dressmaking or costume who would like to develop the knowledge and skills needed to produce their own made-to-measure corsets. The course will begin with a number of structured technical classes. As it progresses, you'll be able to work on a more personal project, reflecting your style and interests. On this course, you will: • learn how to construct and fit a corset • put in a centre front busk • add eyelet fastening to the back • work with artificial whale bone (which is the closest mimic to real whale bone) and see how this can be combined with both steel spiral and flexi steel bones to create a perfect fit. Examples of the finished project will be available as a visual aid, and demonstrations of the various processes shown throughout. What will you gain? You’ll leave with a completed corset, corset pattern and the skills, knowledge and notes to create more. Level: Beginner Entry requirement: You should have basic hand and machine sewing skills. Where you'll learn: You will be based in the Waverley building at the heart of the City Campus, with access to the costume design studio space equipped with domestic sewing equipment. You will have all the tools and materials required to make your corset provided. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing. Here's what some of our previous attendees have said: 'It was fantastic to be able to tap into all of the tutor's knowledge. The course was great, thank you!' HS 'Definitely value for money' LW 'Really enjoyed seeing the project through from start to finish and liked the emphasis on techniques, learned an awful lot. Would certainly consider other short courses, this has been a real confidence boost' KD 'Jema was very patient, knowledgeable and made the course fun' 'This has course has given me useful skills in corset making. I particularly enjoyed working with the tutor, Jema, who was fantastic' Kl Tutor profile: Jema Hewitt is a professional costumer and has over 25 years of experience; working on period dramas in film, tv and theatre, as well creating spectacular historical wedding gowns. She has a Masters degree in Patten Cutting and is now enjoying lecturing and teaching internationally, including teaching on the costume undergraduate courses at Nottingham Trent University. Her love of corsetry started back in 1991 when she was a student herself at NTU, and she has since become an expert in the historical, practical and theoretical intricacies of this textile art form. Need accommodation? You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms

What's included in the price?

25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor, with most materials provided. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 7


1 week

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Accommodation offered
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Residential
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Public transport
  • Weekends
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ