Corsetry for Beginners

Learn to make your own perfectly fitted underbust corset

Corsetry for Beginners

If you are fascinated by the endless possibilities of good corsetry but don’t know how (or where) to begin learning this exquisite art, search no more. With leading Australian corsetiere Lowana O’Shea as your guide, delve into the wonderful world of corsetry and emerge with the secrets, skills and inspiration you require to confidently create your own, real corsets. Upon completing this course, you’ll have fast-tracked your learning and sewn a perfectly fitted Little Black Corset (as essential as a Little Black Dress, in our opinion!) to style and wear however you like, proud in the knowledge that you created it from scratch and it fits and flatters you perfectly.

Real corsetry reduces your waistline, smoothing your torso comfortably. This course is the ‘real deal’: you will make a steel boned underbust corset (with busk) learning proper corset construction methods in Australia’s definitive and most specialised in-person corsetry classes taught by a professional corsetiere. Many courses or units in fashion degrees only teach you to make costume pieces or structured bodices, not authentic corsets. We think you deserve more! In this class you will learn how to achieve a perfect fit and come away with a customised pattern so after attending the course you’ll be able to make more corsets for yourself with your new skills.

Our student-centred approach ensures small class sizes and plenty of student-teacher time, with extremely limited spaces. The Beginner’s Corsetry Class runs with 2-4 students. Course cost includes a generous morning and afternoon tea, all materials and pattern to make your corset, venue hire, use of speciality tools and tuition from professional corsetiere Lowana O’Shea. Courses are limited and places fill quickly, so please book now to avoid disappointment.

“My favourite part of the course was Lowana’s style of teaching, and her knowledge of corsetry, giving me the sewing skills and assistance in the process. And I finished the corset!”

Course Information

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Course Content

In this comprehensive, fast tracked ‘beginners’ corsetry class you will learn:

  • An introduction to corsetry: functions, myths & facts
  • Anatomy of a corset
  • Specialist materials and tools used for corsetry
  • Taking accurate measurements for corsetry
  • Working with a pattern & adding seam allowance
  • Creating a toile (mock up) to check the fit
  • How to get the perfect fit
  • How to make fit changes to your pattern
  • How to prepare coutil (speciality corsetry fabric)
  • How to accurately cut out a corset
  • Inserting the busk (centre fastening for dressing convenience)
  • Inserting the waist tape (non-stretch reinforcement)
  • Stitching neat boning channels
  • How to handle and use steel boning
  • How to set two-part eyelets (for a perfect finish without splits)
  • Attaching and finishing the binding of a corset
  • How to lace up a corset (yes, you can put it on by yourself!)
  • And more!

You’ll also have the opportunity to inspect original Vanyanís corsets, browse our collection of corsetry books and pick Lowana’s brain about anything corset related for three whole days!

Bonus Extras

To truly set you on your way as a confident corset maker, you will also be given:

  • A recommended reading guide to further your learning
  • A list of recommended products and suppliers (and what to avoid!)
  • A personalised shopping list so you know exactly what to get for your next creation
  • A 5% discount voucher to use at Sew Curvy for corsetry supplies
  • 3 Months FREE access to Foundations Revealed (new members only)
  • A discount voucher for a Vanyanís Engraved Busk
  • A discount voucher for a Narrowed Visions Coloured Busk
  • Exclusive access to the Vanyanís School of Couture private Facebook group for ongoing support and social catch ups with your new corsetmaking friends!
  • Access to our haberdashery shop (we stock all our favourite tools)
  • A free Vanyanís Tote bag

Outcomes

At the end of this course you will have made a single layer underbust corset that fits you, and gained the knowledge and confidence to create more corsets on your own. It’s a fantastic introduction to corsetry, providing you with solid foundations to build upon in the future.

Inclusions

All materials required to create your very own black underbust corset:
Vanyanís ‘Aeryn’ 6-panel corset pattern in your size (comes in multiple sizes for natural waists of 20 – 50 inches) | Black broche coutil (in either a spot or floral motif, depending on availability) | Spiral and flat steel boning | Stainless steel silver busk | Waist tape | Two part silver eyelets | Bias binding | Lacing | Thread | Toile Fabric.

Location

Vanyanís studio, Suite 2, 5 Church Street, Healesville, 3777, Victoria, Australia. The venue is accessible by public transport or is only an hours drive from Melbourne.

Refreshments

Tea, coffee, and generous morning and afternoon tea provided. Students can bring their own lunch (and are welcome to use the on-site kitchen facilities). We are happy to cater to your dietary requirements.

Times

9:30am to 6:30pm, each day.
(27 hours of tuition over three days)

Class Size

2 – 4 attendees.
(So you get the attention you deserve)

“Anyone interested in corsets should try this.”
– Tara Moss

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“This course built my confidence. The most valuable sewing course I’ve ever done.”

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Student Requirements

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Student Skill Level

Students must already have beginner to intermediate sewing skills and some experience with commercial patterns. It is highly recommended that you have recently made a garment before attending this course. Whether you are new to sewing or an experienced dressmaker, this course will teach you the foundations of good corset making. If you have not made a corset before, or have not achieved the desired result, then this course is for you.

Corset making skills can be applied to other areas of fashion (such as structured evening or bridal gowns) and our students consistently find that their overall sewing ability improves after attending this class. Our students have varied amounts of experience; some are studying fashion, some are hobbyists and others are professional dressmakers looking to learn a new skill. Whatever your background, you’ll take a lot from this course as our small class size ensures that the focus stays on you.

Please note that this course does not include tuition on basic sewing skills. (We do offer private one-on-one tuition and together we can bring your skills up to level before attending a Corset Making for Beginners course).

What to Bring

Students will need to bring their own sewing machines to the class and be confident in the basic use of their machine. Please ensure your machine is in good working order (recently serviced!). If you are travelling from interstate or abroad, we are happy for you to hire one of our machines for a small fee.

Please bring a new packet of 80/12 Universal Sewing Machine Needles (Schmetz brand if possible) and your general sewing ‘kit’. There’s no need to go out and buy any new tools or supplies as we have a well stocked studio with tools to use during class should you need. You will also need a notebook and pen and lunch.

What to Wear

On the first day of class we will be fitting your corset toile (mockup). Please bring with you (or wear) a well fitting bra and a tight fitting singlet or t-shirt. It is helpful if your pants or skirt does not have a bulky waistband as this can get in the way during the fitting process. Changing facilities are available should you require. There is no dress code for this course – please wear whatever you feel comfortable in.

Your Teacher

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Your Teacher

Your teacher is Lowana O’Shea – the passionate and creative force behind VanyanÍs. Lowana has been creating custom corsetry for over 13 years and her meticulous attention to detail and ability to get the perfect fit has helped to make her a pioneer in the field. Lowana is a full-time corsetiere, with the unique advantage of having made bespoke corsets for just about every body type, ensuring that her professional expertise can be handed to you, her students.

Lowana is the first Australian corset maker to have attended the Oxford Conference of Corsetry and she is a mentor and writer for Foundations Revealed (the corset maker’s companion). Her love of corsetry, and perseverance through years of self education in her craft make her a passionate and enthusiastic teacher.

“My Favourite part of the class was Lowana’s teaching – her knowledge, tips and encouragement.” – Tara Moss, author, human rights advocate and host of the Sewing Vintage with Tara Moss series.

“Lowana took my work from ‘ok’ to ‘great’.
She took years off my learning.”

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Student Testimonials

  • “Anyone interested in corsets should try this.”
    “I felt good. It was very challenging, but a nice environment”
    “My Favourite part of the class was Lowana’s teaching – her knowledge, tips and encouragement.”

    (Visit Tara’s YouTube channel for a three-part vlog series about the course: Making a Corset: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3)

    Tara Moss
    Tara MossAuthor, human rights advocate and host of the Sewing Vintage with Tara Moss series
  • “Lowana’s technique and guidance took my work from ‘ok’ to ‘great’…. she took years off my learning.”

    (Visit Elinor’s blog for a review of the course: Learning to Make Corsets With Vanyanís)
    (Elinor later went on to WIN the Foundations Revealed 2017 Competition in the Beginner’s category!)

    Elinor Lloyd-Philipps
    Elinor Lloyd-PhilippsTheNylonSwish.com
  • Lowana is patient and kind and a great problem solver, and teacher. I can’t wait to come back for the next learning experience!

    Student
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  • Wonderful teaching atmosphere – I come away feeling very proud of myself!

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  • “The most valuable thing I learnt was that everything can be fixed; there’s no such thing as perfection.”
    “Lowana O’Shea has a never-ending supply of patience.”

    Sharelyn
    SharelynBeginner's Corsetry Course
  • The teacher was very informative, passionate and easy to understand. She took us, step by step, through each stage, and assisted each student, one-on-one.

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  • “The catering was amazing! Thank you so much for catering to my picky body.”
    “I really hope I can go back sometime soon and do another course and I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn about corsets and a great few days with lovely Lowana, the best morning & arvo tea, great conversation and laughter and so much sewing!”

    (Visit Melissa’s Facebook page for more comments about the course.)

    Melissa
    MelissaMiss Meli Designs
  • Very professional and well worth the fee. Wonderful hospitality and such generosity with your knowledge.

    Student
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  • The most valuable thing I learnt was covering ‘back squidge’ and curving the pattern piece. There were so many tips and tricks, I couldn’t list them all!

    Student
    StudentBeginner's Corsetry Course
  • A phenomenal amount of information shared in a digestible way. It is very well done. I will recommend it and will definitely be back!

    Student
    StudentBeginner's Corsetry Course

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