Expectations and Supplies

During this 2 ½ day workshop you will make single-layer 1820s-30s stays/corset using a modern pattern adapted from extant sources, supported with a mix of synthetic whalebone and steel boning. Our focus for this workshop is achieving a well-fit foundation garment for this era, so we will be utilizing sewing machines in the interest of time. You will follow step-by-step instructions on machine-sewn assembly, fitting and finishing. 

Supplies Provided:

We will provide all materials needed to complete this garment, which include:

  • Instruction booklet and Pattern in your chosen size pack
  • Softened white Coutil
  • Synthetic Whalebone
  • Steel boning for center back and other placements as needed
  • Curved wooden busk
  • Cotton tapes for casings, binding & drawstring
  • Thread
  • Grommets
  • Grommet setting tools to share
  • Lacing
  • Lacing strips for fitting
  • Sample Redthreaded corsets to check pattern fit in place of mockups

You are responsible for bringing the following:

  • Shift/Chemise or similar underlayer that you don’t mind wearing around others
  • Sewing Tools:

    • SEWING MACHINE--this must be a sturdy machine capable of easily sewing through several layers of bulky fabrics like denim or canvas. Only a straight stitch is required.
    • Sewing machine accessories such as extra needles in several sizes, presser feet, etc.
    • Awl
    • Pounce/tracing wheel
    • File for finishing ends of synthetic whalebone
    • OPTIONAL: Dremel (for showing you the quick way to finish synthetic whalebone)
    • Clear gridded ruler
    • Pencils
    • Pins
    • Hand sewing needles
    • Thimble
    • Tape measure
    • Fabric Shears
    • Snips
    • Paper Scissors
    • Any of your other favorite sewing tools

    Irons will be provided. A limited number of backup sewing machines may be provided as well.

    Sewing machines are allowed as carry-on luggage on US airlines. Don’t forget your power cord!