Rewriting the Corset Manual

Along with a complete re filming of the video course I’m overhauling the PDF books that go with. The Corset Manual being one of them.

My methods for corset making have changed over the past 5 years since I first made my Corsetry course. The updated video reflects this and is full of new techniques and tips for getting the most professional result.

The Corset Manual is currently being redesigned to reflect these new methods but I also want to add more. Rather than just covering the methods in the video and the best places to get Corsetry supplies (which is also getting an update), I want to add extra features to the information in the manual.

Like what?

You say.
Well how about instructions on how to quilt your back panel? And how to recreate the embroidered heart I have on my back panel; details of the stitches used and close up photos. Here are some of the images you can expect to see in the new corset manual…

 

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The New Express Corset Making Course – Coming Soon!

Poking fun at natural curves for 5 years now.

Sneak peek of the Corset Photo Shoot…

The videoing ended a few days ago with a session that finished at 3am. Then, having only had 5 hours sleep, horror of horrors I had to strut about in front of a camera! I needn’t have worried though, the pictures look stunning (thanks to the amazing lighting rig, camera and camera man… o and I highly recommend Garnier’s Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles roll on stuff which I think I literally covered my face in!). The shoot turned out to be almost 5 years after my very first shoot, which was summer 2009, so it looks like the rerecording of the Express Corset Making Course will literally be a 5 year anniversary update! So we recreated this picture from the first ever shoot, yes *blush* that is me with green hair *hides behind rock*. Once all the final images are selected and colour corrected I’ll do a big unveiling, so stay tuned. But for now heres the fun one (click it for a bigger version)…

Poking fun at natural curves for 5 years now.

Poking fun at natural curves for 5 years now.

 

When will the rerecorded Corset Making Course be ready?

As you’ve probably noticed, no we didn’t make Valentines Day unfortunately! Recording a professional level DVD takes a lot longer than I expected. I also wanted to include instructions on how to make a proper back panel as a bonus feature too…

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…So that took a lot of extra time, but I have all the raw footage now. It’s just a matter of piecing it all together. I have someone redesigning the artwork for the course and we’ve also just had our photo shoot as you know, plus theres the new pattern to add to the Pattern Compendium and some rewriting to do of the method in the Corset Manual (as I’ve changed the way I do things over the last 5 years). But it won’t  be long now. I’m estimating 2 weeks, so it’ll be a spring/Easter launch.

The new updated course will include pattern matching after all! Yes, add it to the list of reasons I over-ran on filming. I wanted to cram as much in as I could and pattern matching was a biggy on the list of tutorials I’ve been asked for over the years. As you can see here the pattern matching went very well indeed.

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What if I’ve bought the old version of the Corset Making Course?

Again if you’ve bought the current corset making course, anyone who has purchased since 1st of December gets a free download! I’ll do my best to email download links to everyone automatically, if I miss you or you bought a hard copy on Amazon then email me after release date with your purchase details. So, if you want to own both the original and new version then buy now and get the new version automatically! No need to do anything other than buy the Express Corsetry Course in the normal way from the corsettraining.net/corset-making page and you automatically get the new one! There will also be an introductory offer for all previous customers, keep checking your emails!

So stay tuned for the photo shoot and updates on the release date.

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Recording the New Corset Making Course

So I’ve started re-filming the Express Corsetry Course finally. The original was filmed on a low budget so while it’s clear and easy to follow it’s not so pretty and not as polished as I would have liked. Have a look at why the new version is going to be beautiful and what to do if you just bought the current version.

 

The New Express Corset Making Course

So to up the quality of the recording I now have a professional camera and the use of this lovely light rigging.

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And as you can see the image quality and color is going to be beautiful!

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…and this time no orange nail varnish! Promise :) There will also be a bonus ‘mockup altering’ chapter at the end of the DVD and hopefully I will have time to cover pattern matching for your outer fabric. Plus the pattern I’m making in the video is new and will also be added to the corset pattern compendium. Here is a sneak peek of the fabric I’m using and the pattern.

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But what if I’ve bought the old Corset Making Course!

So what if you’ve just bought the current corset making course? Or received it for Christmas? Well fear not, anyone who has purchased since December 1st gets a free download! I’ll do my best to email download links to everyone automatically, if I miss you or you bought a hard copy on Amazon then email me after release date with your purchase details. So, if you want to own both the original and new version of the course, buy now and get the new version automatically! No need to do anything other than buy the Express Corsetry Course in the normal way from the corsettraining.net/corset-making page and you automatically get the new one! There will also be an introductory offer for all previous customers.

 

Today I have been mostly making… A foxy little waist corset

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So I”ve been away from the sewing machine for a while and upon my return I decided to make a corset in black with racy red stitching. I thought you”d want to see the new corset pattern so I took some piccys and filmed a quick video blog. It”s a single layer 24 inch corset belt with 22 bones plus 4 round the lacing and I”ll be selling it in my etsy In this game, 12 idols are displayed across the screen of the mobile pokies game and players must choose to reveal what big wins await behind 3, 4 or 5 of their chosen relics. shop to raise money for the camera I”ll need to record high quality video for future sewing videos (more on that soon). So here are the vid and pics of it with just the last of the binding to put on. Finished pics tomorrow! xxx

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The 3D Method of Corset Pattern Drafting – Draping

Drafting a Corset Training Corset - first panel

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As promised I managed to dig out some photos of the three dimensional method of pattern drafting (as apposed to the 2D flat pattern drafting method we were discussing yesterday). I’m lucky enough to have an old school dress form thats a great starting shape for corset training corsets. I took the pattern in a little at the waist but it already has an unnaturally small waist so it was a great find – it was discarded in my art studio at university if you can believe that! I gave it a a loving home and a new lease of life. Keep meaning to cover it but it’s quite nice rough.

Anyway, moving on from my deep personal relationship with my dress forms! The pictures are pretty self explanatory – I started by marking the front centre and back centre then proceeded to drape material where I wanted pattern pieces and draw on, cut and pin in place on the dress form one by one. I then added marks to the corset pattern where the pieces joined so I could line the pieces up correctly when I joined them together. You also want to number your pattern pieces before unpinning, then transfer to paper, simples!

If you don’t have a dress form but do have a corset that you like the shape of then try stuffing it so it holds it’s shape, then using this as your mannequin. So now you know how, you can get cracking and design your own corset!

This is the Angel underbust corset pattern by the way so click to see the finished corset.

 

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