Time to try a new fashion era!
Ahh... Dreaming of sailing on the Titanic... Having tea at the Ritz in 1914... Stepping out in a transitional suit during World War I...
These lovely early 20th century ensembles need a firm foundation. Corsets were still demode in supporting the bust line and smoothing out the hips to produce the fashionable silhouette. This class will be a fun adventure into starting your Titanic and 19-Teens wardrobe!
Through detailed lessons I'll cover each step as we complete a well-fitted, long-line late Edwardian corset. Together we'll create a strong silhouette foundation! Lessons include video tutorials along with an accompanying PDF handout with homework assignments to keep you on track with your sewing project.
This is an Intermediate to Advanced level sewing class. You should understand basic sewing techniques & be comfortable with your machine. But don't worry! I'll teach you how to set in the busk and grommets if they are new to you. Advanced techniques such as fitting and patterning methods will be covered which are the advanced parts of this project.
Focus of the class: Understanding how to make a long-line corset, including building fitting skills, so you end up with a quality undergarment you can be proud of. Use your finished pattern to make more corsets in other colors.
Improve your corset making knowledge and improve your sewing skills! Together we'll explore the various parts of corset construction including proper fabric selections, setting in a busk, how to apply boning in this unique corset format, binding raw edges and setting in grommets.
Exciting Lesson Plans Prepared for Students:
Lesson 1: Discuss fabrics & special tools, take measurements, and sew the mockup
Lesson 2: Fit the mockup, make pattern alterations, cut the corset, and order supplies
Lesson 3: Main corset construction including seams, bone channels and setting in busk
Lesson 4: Finishing with setting in grommets, binding and lacing the corset
As soon as Heather at Truly Victorian released this pattern in summer of 2015 I knew I wanted to teach a class making it. Most 19-Teens and Titanic Era corset patterns you find currently are in books or need to be graded up to fit most sizes.
With this new Truly Victorian TVE13 Late Edwardian Corset pattern (sold separately) Heather has done the sizing work for us! This pattern will support most silhouettes from 1909 to 1916.
As with all our classes, however, you may choose to use another pattern but know that the specific steps of each lesson will cover the Truly Victorian pattern.
Valuable Skills & Corset Making Techniques You'll Learn:
Intermediate to Advanced Level Class
If you have sewing experience but are new to corset making, you will feel comfortable here. We'll be following the pattern closely so you should be able to keep up with the class just fine.
If you are new to sewing in general, this may not be the best class for you at this time. Perhaps an basic chemise and drawers class would be better so you don't become frustrated with techniques that are beyond your current skills. But if you have no fear - jump in!
If you are advanced in your sewing skills or have made corsets before, you are welcome! Maybe you simply need the class as accountability and a guideline so you'll finally get a new corset finished. Advanced techniques beyond general fitting and pattern drafting are not covered so those advanced corsetieres may feel the class is too basic.
One final note - this class was initially hosted on my blog, HistoricalSewing.com. Any reference to emails, different lesson pages or logins, and even timing between release of lessons should be disregarded. You have access to the entire class lessons here on this site with progression on your own schedule.
"Thank you so much for the phenomenal class! Taking your classes is so much fun!!!"
~ Richard Herr
"Thanks again, Jennifer, for offering a great class! I finally have my 19-teens corset."
~ June Rider
"Thanks Jennifer for providing the support and class. It's been helpful. Your videos are terrific. Great class and the facebook group is like being in a real classroom but much more convenient times :-)"
~ Wendy Richmond
Teacher to hundreds of sewing and costuming students since 2004, Jennifer dreams of the nostalgia of the past and brings it into her modern life through creating costume ensembles from about 1780 to 1920. Dark chocolate, Jane Austen and bustle dress fanatic. Daughter of the King.