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


APRIL 2017

Cupped Corsetry Masterclass

21st and 22nd April  2017  - Dates TBC

Sew Curvy Studio, nr Oxford with the Oxford School of Corsetry

An intense 2 day class taught by myself and Julia Bremble (of Sew Curvy, Clessidra and author of the best selling ebook 'How to Make a Corset'). You will use a pre-made toile (kit provided) to learn how to adapt a corset into a cupped style. 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.

Cost £ 380 (including materials and also lunch and refreshments)
Book here at the Oxford School of Corsetry

MAY 2017

Fit and Construction Class

Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May 2017 - 3 day course

Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow

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.

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

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

JUNE 2017

Advanced Class

Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June 2017 - 3 day course

Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow

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.

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

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 £300 (including materials except surface fabric)
Contact me on Alison@CrikeyAphrodite.com to book or note interest


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 £250  (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 - TICKETS ON SALE

26th and 27th August 2017

Jesus College, Oxford

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

Last year's delegates and guests gathering for the Saturday evening gala dinner. Image copyright Chris Murray 2015

Last year's 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.
This year we have Barbara Pesendorfer of Royal Black back, Laurie Tavan, Caroline Woollin on CAD and Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique on fashion illustration. We also have business presentations and this year have Colin Gilchrist of The Social Tailor talking marketing and Catherine Clavering of Kiss Me Deadly on branding.  And much more to be announced.

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.

Last year was a stonker of a year with Immodesty Blaize as after dinner speaker and none other than Mr Pearl as a very special guest. Will be top that this year? Well we'll do our best. We do have a fabulous new venue; the rather exclusive and very historic Merton College.

For more information and to book one of the remaining places 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