Archive for January, 2010

Regency Short Stays

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
Regency Short Stays

Regency Short Stays

I want to share my version of the Regency short stay.  I just finished this prototype and I’m very pleased with the results.   I have made the full length stays in the Regency/Napolionic/Directoire (take your pick)  style – early 1800’s.  This version comes just below the high waistline, has a drawstring across the top front,  gusseted cups, and adjustable straps.  It laces in the front and the back, for ease in dressing.  Though possibly not the most authentic corset of the period, it certainly will make the proper sillouette for this style gown.   And, considering the number inquiries, the ‘Jane Austen’ style is very popular at the moment!

Do you teach corset making classes?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
Dawn's first corset - Front

Dawn's first corset - Front

I’ve been asked this  question quite often lately,  and the answer is yes!  I do teach corset making.   I have been taking  students on a ‘one on one’ basis.   This seems to work well for both me and the students.  The hardest part is the scheduling – finding the time to teach and get my custom orders done. 

My class  takes two 8 hour days, with some homework in between.  It is intense and  a lot of hard work, as I cover as much as I think the student can absorb.  I don’t take beginning sewers.  You  need to be well acquainted with basic sewing terms and skills  and have a good rapport with  your sewing machine.   You also need to be the kind of sewer that likes fine detail.  Corsets are, to say the least, ‘nit picky’.  It takes patience.  It is not the kind of project  that you start the night before the ‘big event’.  Although I’ve seen some great stuff done very quickly,  that is not how I work.  

In my class you will start from a pattern – usually one I have prepped for you – and it will not fit quite right, as half the class is learning the fitting technique.   You will make a mock up, and we will fit, and then you will transfer the changes to your pattern.   Then, we learn to cut and assemble your corset, by the method that I have developed,  and  finally, do the finishing.  You will learn about the various bones and hardware, as well as appropriate materials.  When we are through, you will have a well fitted pattern, and a finished corset.   My class fee includes  the hardware (busk,  stays and grommets )  for one corset, the lining and interfacing, and a ‘corset fitting aid’ (as shown on the web page), as well as handouts . If you are interested, e-mail me for the current class fee and available times. 

I can take up to two students at a time – more than that, and I don’t have the space.  I have taught  larger workshops and I might consider it under the proper circumstances. 

Last fall I had a great student – Dawn.  She has a infectious enthusiasm for corset making.   Here is an excerpt from the note she sent:

“ Hi Marie,  …..Thank you so much, I really had the best time and feel like I learned a ton.  You are really a great teacher, so patient.  I told my husband on the way home I had two of the most fun days that I’d had in a while.  Just to do something I love and learn more about it was wonderful……”  

Back of Dawn's First corset

Back of Dawn's First corset

 

I usually don’t print testimonials, although I have a book full (which I read when I feel blue).  But, Dawn gave me permission to share her note and some of her pictures.  This is her first corset that she made in class.  I’m so proud!  Thank you Dawn,  I had great fun teaching you.

The State of the Corset!

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Happy New Year – If I have counted correctly,  this is our twelfth year!   I am as surprised as anyone at the continued popularity of corsets.   No end in sight.   Business, while understandably a bit off  last year, has picked up remarkably since the New Year and promises to be as busy as ever. 

I”m often asked if I do mostly weddings or historical or waist training corsets – and the answer is yes! ‘all of the above’.   I have a wide variety of clients – all with their special corset needs – and that makes me very happy.   Nothing boring around here – I’m constantly surprised and pleased by the creativity of my clients.   I”m looking forward to more Steam Punk styles – as corsets seem to be an integral part of the genre. 

So many thanks to all you corset wearers out there who keep me busy and challenged and I look forward to meeting you all – whether in person or over the Internet.  And do have a wonderful 2010!

Marie