The Corset Curriculum - Corset Making Classes

I occasionally teach classes, both here in Glasgow and also at the Sew Curvy Cottage near Oxford.
Upcoming planned classes are listed below.
Please get in touch for more details and to book. In most cases places are quite limited.

Also, if you have a special request, a group who would be interested in learning or would like one on one tuition then also, contact me to discuss either using the contact form on the ordering page or direct to Alison@crikeyaphrodite.com


JULY 2018

Make a Corset Class

Date - Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July 09:30 t0 16:30, 10:00 - 16:00 on the Sunday

Venue - The Haberdashery, 45 High Street, Paisley

We'll be covering basic fit, some simple pattern manipulation and then construction and finish. At the end of the course you'll have a antique inspired strong, single layer corset fitted to you.

We'll be using the Sew Curvy pattern, which has been tried and tested in the very popular Oxford School of Corsetry classes and is curvier and better shaped than any of the usual commercially available patterns. Sew Curvy will also be supplying a kit of top quality materials.

Basic sewing experience is required. Being able to use your machine and follow a basic sewing pattern. Specialist equipment will be there to use. But please bring your usual simple sewing items.Sewing machines are on site at this venue but you can bring your own if you prefer.

The venue is The Haberdashery, a shop and teaching venue in the heart of historic textile capital, Paisley. Parking, transport etc are all nearby and it's only 15 minutes by train from Central Glasgow. Paisley has museum and the abbey of course and is also the nearest town to Glasgow Airport.

Cost £330 for the 3 day course (including materials)
Contact me on Alison@CrikeyAphrodite.com to book or note interest

AUGUST 2018

Cupped Corsetry Class

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th August 2018 09:30 - 16:30

Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street Glasgow

An intense 2 day class taught by myself and only once before held in Glasgow. Cupped corsetry classes are rather rare.

You will use a pre-made toile (kit provided, including a Sew Curvy pattern) to learn how to adapt a corset into a cupped style.
This will be fitted - benefiting from my bra fit experience as well as corsetry of course.
You'll adapt the pattern, create cups to fit and learn how to install them and build the corset.
At the end you'll be ready to take it forward into your own finished piece.

The Trades Hall is a gorgeous 18th Century Adam building in the heart of the city. Close to all amenities. Reduced cost parking available

Cost £ 300 (including materials)

 

AUTUMN 2018

Advanced Class

Date - TBC

Venue - TBC

We'll be covering  fit, seam techniques, roll pinning and turn of cloth, pattern adjustment and shape refinement, embelishment and more. At the end of the course you'll have a multi-layer fashion corset fitted to you.

We'll be using the Sew Curvy pattern, which has been tried and tested in the very popular Oxford School of Corsetry classes and is curvier and better shaped than any of the usual commercially available patterns. Sew Curvy will also be supplying a kit of top quality materials. The only materials you will need to bring are your choice of top layer fashion fabric and your matching thread.

Basic sewing experience is required. Being able to use your machine and follow a basic sewing pattern. Specialist equipment will be there to use. But please bring your usual simple sewing items. I would request that you bring your own sewing machine (or let me know in advance).

Cost £330 (including materials except surface fabric)
Contact me on Alison@CrikeyAphrodite.com to book or note interest

 

PRIVATE TUITION

Date - to be arranged with you

Venue - The Crikey Aphrodite studio, Lochwinnoch

Last year I moved from my city centre location to the conservation village of Lochwinnoch, 25 minutes from Glasgow. I now have a bigger studio and can expand my previous home tuition service. So if class dates don't suit or you'd just prefer a day or two tailored specifically to your needs, then I can do that for you. Either one to one, or bring a friend. Not only do you get tuition to suit your needs but you also get the run of my bookcase and samples for a browse. And, I'll provide lunch and a cake from the very good local baker. 

Lochwinnoch is 25 minutes by train from Glasgow Central (I'll arrange pick up from the station if you wish), and approximately the same by road on a direct route. Also only 10-15 minutes from Glasgow Airport. 

Cost £170 per day (including materials) Discounts available for blocks and two attending together.
Contact me on Alison@CrikeyAphrodite.com to book or note interest

 

Private tuition can also be arranged at your home or studio should you be unable to come to me. There will be an additional charge for travel. Useful if you could not access my studio, which is up some steps and a single flight of stairs.


CLASSES TO BE CONFIRMED

Embellishment Day

Dates for 2017 TBC

A fun day experimenting with couture embellishment techniques for corsetry and general sewing and craft use. 

Cost £150 (including materials)
Contact me on Alison@CrikeyAphrodite.com to note interest

Sheer Corsets

Dates for 2017 TBC

How to construct a sheer mesh corset. We'll create and embellish a sheer underbust corset. This will involve discussing optional fabrics and techniques, basic construction differences and methods of embellishment. Students should have already made a corset or attended a basic class.

Cost £300  (including materials)
Contact me on Alison@CrikeyAphrodite.com to note interest

All About Busts 

Dates for 2017 TBC

Learn various techniques for fitting busts in corsets. As a bra fitter I'll give you an outline of what to look for and what to avoid.

We'll discuss specific full and small bust issues. Padding, gores, plunges and straps.  
This isn't a cupped class as that's a whole class in itself but we'll touch on the subjet.

Please note, this class is not suitable for beginners, you should have mastered basic corsetry skills. 

Cost £150 (including materials)
Contact me on Alison@CrikeyAphrodite.com to note interest


Oxford Conference of Corsetry - 2019 INFO SOON

Bank Holiday weekend August 2019

Jesus College, Oxford

A 2 day residential conference. Network and learn with a group of people who share your passion!

 Delegates and guests gathering for the Saturday evening gala dinner. Image copyright Chris Murray 2015

Delegates and guests gathering for the Saturday evening gala dinner. Image copyright Chris Murray 2015

I'm on the organising team and will be around all weekend.

Two days of talks and workshops with a Saturday night dinner and drinks evening.

You can also have your corsets shot on one of our team of fabulous professional models Threnody In Velvet, Miss Deadly Red, Miss Tosh (and others TBC) by our wonderful photographers (Chris Murray, InaGlo and Juliette Lichman of Somnolent Images). Swap fabrics and trims... and tips and tales. And most importantly socialise and network with our other attendees and guests. 

Everyone is welcome whether you're a beginner, enthusiast (bloggers - we've had Lucy Corsets and The Lingerie Addict as attendees) or an experienced maker. Our delegates span all skill levels, there is something for everyone.

For more information please visit
Oxford Conference of Corsetry

For a good delegates eye view of the conference, Cora wrote a great piece for The Lingerie Addict
The Oxford Conference of Corsetry 2015  - A Newcomers Perspective