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.
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…
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)…
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…
…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.
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.
So it’s all sewn together now, the corset pattern looks pretty good shape wise, but I’ll have to wait till later to try it on as I have a fair bit to do today and I need to find my lacing tape so I can give it a proper try on.
Handy hint – get some lacing tape for your mock-ups – it comes as a strip of sturdy cotton tape (sometimes petersham) with eyelets pre-set. When you make a corset mock up sew it on the back to allow you to lace the whole thing up and try the fit properly. It only takes two quick lines of stitching to attach, then afterward rip it off to use on the next mock up! So you only need ever buy 1 meter! Cut it in half and when you sew onto your mock ups don’t trim it, just leave the extra length hanging at the bottom. This ensures it will always be long enough for all your mock ups.
Anyway, here are the photos of the mock-up all sewn together and some pics of how I pin and sew the pattern pieces. I’ll update you when I’ve tried it on and if I alter the corset pattern, then again when I start to make a corset from it.
First four pattern pieces sewn together
Corset Pattern done! – Bust area
Corset Pattern done! - Two bottom edge options
Yep you did read correctly, a leather hip bag is on the agenda today. I had some time this morning to get going on a little side project and I’ve always wanted to make a leather corset. But as I don’t want to jump straight into making a corset with this beautiful but unfamiliar fabric, I thought I’d start with something a little less complicated. (Plus I’ve always wanted to make a bag!) So here are the designs I’ve been making -
I’m going with a simple on the hip design as shown in the top right but probably leaving off the garter bit.
I used some scrap fabric and pins to work out a sewing pattern for it by literally placing it on my hip and drawing on the fabric. I’ve also got a load of leather to practice with from my aunts old sofa! This is where I’m up to with it -
There’ll be a zip along the top and a second pocket compartment on the front. I’ll also be making a corset mock up today, more piccys later!
I don’t know about you but when I’m out I can’t help but snap photos of stuff that inspires me to make something corsetry! I think its the sewing bug but everything seems to inspire an ‘I’d love to sew something in that colour/style/material’ I had a particularly fruitful trip the other day so I thought I’d start sharing my shopping ‘mood boards’ with you