The tighter the Better…..Well, when it comes to Corsetry anyway!


It’s all about the Corset………

My name is Mrs W and I am addicted to Corsetry

It’s true, and I’m actually not even a tiny bit ashamed to admit it – I went on my very 1st course to learn how to make a Corset what feels like many moons ago now (although, in reality, it was probably only 3 years ago…….) with the utter amazing Lisa Keating……..Lisa is the best teacher as her patience levels are hugely impressive & her wealth of knowledge is astounding – but then I guess that is what makes her a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen!

This weekend, I attended what I think was my 6th course – I arrived armed with my uber gorgeous Wasp Waist mannequin (purchased for me as a Gift from Corset Laced Mannequins), the skirt/Petticoat I had made a few weeks ago and the Neck Corset that I have been attaching Rhinestones to since roughly the beginning of time……..ok, so maybe that is a SLIGHT exaggeration, but it’s not too far off the truth! (note to self – NEVER AGAIN…..unless someone asks very nicely, obviously!)

I’d been working on a Toile* (*Toile = an early version of a finished garment, made up in cheap fabric so that the design can be tested and perfected) for my Corset in order to be sure the fit was just right, but needed Lisa to cast her expert eye over it – my pattern making skills aren’t too shabby, but I was pretty sure that there might be some “Gold rules of Corset Design” that I was oblivious to, so wanted her advice before I committed to taking it apart and using it as my pattern! As it happens, I was pretty much on the money (pats self on back) so only had to make a couple of minor adjustments before jumping in at the deep end feet 1st!

It might be useful to point out at this point that I do NOT make life easy for myself when I set out on a new project – why would I? I love to learn & to challenge my existing knowledge, and the only way I’m going to do this is my pushing myself out of my comfort zone…….it also means that at some point during the weekend, I can be guaranteed to say “Whose chuffing silly idea was this??? Oh….mine……..” alongside some rather colourful swears (probably to myself to avoid offending anyone, although I might accidentally utter one in my outside voice every now and again!), but I’m always proud of myself after the event for pushing my limits again!

The thing about Corsetry courses is that you don’t have to be the worlds most talented seamstress to take part – only basic machine sewing knowledge/competency levels are required to allow you to come away with an almost fully made Corset……there is a filthy rumour floating round that it is possible to actually 100% FINISH a Corset in a weekend – I’m fairly confident this must be a lie as I have never yet managed it, and if I can’t do it then it must be a whopper of a fib!!! (NB – it genuinely IS possible and is simply a slightly sore point for myself that, because of my stupidly complicated shape/material choices, I have never yet managed to finish one in less than a few WEEKS let alone 2 days……..the super efficient and talented among you may well finish yours, and I will reserve the right to grumble about how unfair it is, whilst still loving you whole heartedly, OK??)

As you might be able to tell, I actually made some really good progress this weekend, probably getting the furthest through I’ve ever managed (another self congratulatory pat on the back), but I still have plenty of work to do before it is entirely finished – I actually DON’T mind working on it at home……it’s lovely to have a personal project to work on when I find myself with a rare free hour or so – although those are limited thanks to the NEVER ENDING RHINESTONES that I may have mentioned earlier……

Fancy having a go yourself??? Well WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY SO?????? Lisa runs a few courses during the year – there’s even an opportunity to make your own French Knickers coming up if that happens to be your cup of Tea! Pop over to any of her social media outlets or to where you’ll find all the information you need to get going – but be warned, you can never ever only make ONE………..

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