Corset Sewing Classes

New to 2022 are corset sewing classes held at Jenny's Sewing School in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Beginners Classes

4 Sunday afternoon classes with the option of an add on 5th class if you haven't managed to complete your corset (small additional cost for 5th class)

Class 1

February 13th,20th,27th, March 6th

(additional March 13th)

Sundays 12:30-5:30pm

Class 2

March 20th,27th April 3rd,10th

(additional April 17th)

Sundays 12:30-5:30pm

Advanced Class

5 Sunday afternoon classes with the option or an add on 6th class (additional cost for 6th class)

Dates to be confirmed

Future Classes

Dates and prices to be confirmed:

Wearable arts class

  • A short course with the aim of ‘playing with’ different materials such as thermoplastic’s, eva foam and supplies found in hard ware stores

A bodice drapery course

  • How to drape fabric on a form to create a pattern; this course will include how to accurately measure, how to pad your dressmakers dummy (form/stand) to accurately represent who the pattern is for and how to manipulate fabric around the form to make patterns.

Corset Sewing Retreat

  • A 3 full day fully inclusive corset sewing and hotel stay retreat in beautiful New Plymouth where you can go from mountain walks to beach walks all in one day. (Hotel tbc - please register interest for this course via this website and indicate if you would prefer a long weekend or midweek retreat - to run as a winter event)

Beginners Class

Basic Underbust Corset

This will be a 4 week course held on Sunday afternoons with each class being 5 hours in duration (20 hours teaching/class time)

Please note it is expected that your sewing skills are intermediate to advanced to take this course and that you don’t feel too rusty with your sewing skills, also that you have a good understanding of how your sewing machine works.

The class is limited to 4 students to allow plenty of one to one time

What you will get.

  • A finished single layer Coutil underbust corset with steel boning and standard laces

  • A personalised pattern to keep and use however you want

  • Detailed instructions so that you will be able to replicate the process on your own

  • Access to a private Facebook group for support for in-between class homework (as required dependent on meeting class ‘done-by-now’ points) and to chat and share with fellow class mates

What you will learn

  • How to fit and alter (as required) a premade corset pattern, including how to make a corset toile in calico (corset patterns are drafted prior to the course to measurements you provide, by Sakura Corsetry & Couture).

  • What fabrics and why; what hard ware and why.

  • How to accurately cut a corset in specialist fabric (Coutil).

  • How to make up a corset with a specified seam (other methods will be discussed but not used in class however can considered if returning for advanced course).

  • How to make boning channels and use waist tape (and why).

  • How to put in a front opening busk (so that you can self-dress in a corset).

  • How to pick and use the best eyelets.

  • Preparing bones; what bones where and why.

  • How to bind/finish your corset.

  • How to lace and dress yourself in your corset.

Cost inclusive of materials. Students need to provide sewing machine with standard foot and zip foot, gutterman thread large roll black, good quality machine needles (1 pack of new 80/12 universal schmetz brand preferred), scissors (thread and fabric), tailors chalk, pins, needles (general sewing kit)

Class cost is $535 NZD. A 50% deposit is required to secure place (non-refundable due to pre-buy of materials) with full balance required before start of classes. A payment plan option is available (please contact Jenny Imrie at Jenny's Sewing School, New Plymouth). After your deposit is paid a measuring guide will be sent out, measurements must be sent back at least 2 weeks before class start.

At the end of this course you will have the opportunity to book on the advanced corset course.

If you are interested in these classes please contact Jenny Imrie at Jenny's Sewing School

Advanced Corset Class

This will be a 5 week course held on Sunday afternoons with each class being 5 hours in duration (25 hours teaching/class time) You will need to have completed the beginner’s course to take this course.

The class is limited to 5 students to allow plenty of one to one time.

Class costs are for teaching only, you will be expected to provide all materials. It is expected that you will have completed the basic classes and will have an understanding of what materials you will need; I can recommend stockists.

​What you will get

  • A finished corset/boned structured bodice to your own design specifications (pre-discussed and within reason – there will be a future wearable arts course if you want something beyond the normal).

What you will learn

  • How to work with and alter your underbust corset pattern to make a different shape (including overbust, lengthening or shortening, adding gores and gussets, waist cinchers and decorative cinching belts, solid front corsets, historical style corsets).

  • Keeping a structured (coutil) layer, but how to add a fashion layer and embellishments such as lace.

  • Different seam techniques.

  • Alternative ways of putting in your bones.

  • Alternative bone materials.

  • Alternative lacing materials and selection.

Class cost is $400 NZD. All materials to be supplied by student, if booking at time of completion of beginners class I can help you with a shopping list.