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Corset Making for Fashion and Costume

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Start Date(s): 22 August 2022 / 4 February 2023
  • Duration: Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, five weeks or Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This practical course is for anyone who has a personal or professional interest in fashion, vintage dressmaking or costume who would like to develop the knowledge and skills needed to produce their own made-to-measure corsets.


The course will begin with a number of structured technical classes.

As it progresses, you'll be able to work on a more personal project, reflecting your style and interests.

Examples of the finished project will be available as a visual aid, and demonstrations of the various processes shown throughout.

Basic machine and hand sewing skills are important prerequisites.

Beginners are very welcome, and for those who might progress quickly then some advanced techniques will also be explored.

What will you gain?

You’ll leave with a completed corset, corset pattern and the skills, knowledge and notes to create more.

Tutor profile: Jema Hewitt is a professional costumer and has over 25 years of experience; working on period dramas in film, tv and theatre, as well creating spectacular historical wedding gowns.

She has a Masters degree in Patten Cutting and is now enjoying lecturing and teaching internationally, including teaching on the costume undergraduate courses at Nottingham Trent University.

Her love of corsetry started back in 1991 when she was a student herself at NTU, and she has since become an expert in the historical, practical and theoretical intricacies of this textile art form.

You can view Jema's work on Instagram.

Indicative maximum class size: 7

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you’ll study

On this course, you will:

  • learn how to construct and fit a corset
  • put in a centre front busk
  • add eyelet fastening to the back
  • work with artificial whale bone (which is the closest mimic to real whale bone) and see how this can be combined with both steel spiral and flexi steel bones to create a perfect fit.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: You should have basic hand and machine sewing skills.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: You should have basic hand and machine sewing skills.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £795.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £795.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply