Corset workshop

Boned Bodice Course ✄✄✄

Sewing in boning, underlining & linings

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12 hour course where you make a beautiful boned bodice. This is an opportunity to take your skills to the next level creating a structured bodice with interfacing, underlining, lining and boning! - all with the support of your teacher. 

There are so many benefits to learning how to create structure in a bodice, here are just a few:

  1. Want to make a firm fitting vintage style dress? You'll achieve smooth lines with a great fit by incorporating boning through a structured bodice.
  2. Want to make a sleeveless dress that you don't need to grab hold of and hitch up all night? A structured bodice with waist stay, boning and underlining is the answer!
  3. Want to make a special dress that will accomodate fluctuations in your weight? The rouleau loops and lace up back with a modesty panel will solve this problem.
  4. Looking for a bodice for the boudoir, or for burlesque or pole dancing with smooth panel lines? Here is your pattern!
  5. Want to learn how to get perfect results on bodice princess seams? We'll show you how.
  6. Want to know how to use steel spiral boning, boning channels, finish the ends or use poly-sew-in boning? We'll be covering it all.

There are so many techniques learnt through the making of this bodice, you will be able to incorporate them into a huge variety of your sewing projects.

The bodice style laces up in the back through a series of self fabric rouleau loops and has a modesty panel in the centre back, it can easily include straps if preferred, is fully lined as well as underlined, and includes boning for incredible structure.  This style is perfect for adaptation into gowns, it could be worn over a blouse paired with jeans, the kicker in costumes, or something very special for the boudoir!

Learn about using spiral steel boning and sew-in poly-boning.

Styling Ideas & Notes On Supplies: AussieCorsetSupplies (shapewell, boning, lacing ribbons, boning casings...), Jimmy Buttons - 375 George St Fitzroy (trims, lacing ribbon), Clearit - 188-192 Brunswick St Fitzroy (discounted cute lining fabrics), M Recht - 53-57 Cambridge St Collingwood (boning, tapes, biasbindings, straps).  Email us at as well, as we often have steel spiral boning and more in stock.

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What you will learn
  • Taking measurements and choosing the right size, sewing a toile, pattern placement and transferring markings, cutting technique.
  • Discover the supplies that go into a corset; create structure with shapewell and different types of boning
  • Fusing interfacing, sewing bust curves and creating the perfect line of rouleau loops.
What you will get
  • A copy of the pattern
  • Instructions to making a corset
  • A beautiful boned bodice made by you!
Parking Info
  • Level 1, 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Look for the red door.
  • Most Brunswick St parking is ticketed & max' 2hrs. However, longer time parking is available in the paid Coles Car Park.
  • Public Transport is the ideal way to get here - jump on the 11 tram & get off at Johnston St.

What to bring
  • 1 metre of medium weight fabric (the outside of your corset)
  • 1 metre of medium weight lining fabric
  • 1 metre lightweight fusible interfacing
  • 1 metre lightweight sew in shapewell or calico
  • 6 metres lacing ribbon
  • 3 metres of boning casing (petersham ribbon, bias binding, or tubular boning casing)
  • 3 metres of spiral steel or sew-in boning
  • Full list will be include in your confirmation email
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄✄ Perfect for students who have used sewing patterns and made a few garments alike our Circle Skirt or Sigma Dress


Thread Den

Vendor since 2013

Learn to sew and make your own clothes.

Located on Melbourne's vibrant Brunswick Street, in Fitzroy. At Thread Den you can start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, and find your own unique style.

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew. There is no need to clear off a space and find somewhere to work at home. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to. Everything is right here. 

Students simply need to bring along their fabric, matching thread and notions like buttons, zips, etc.  Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy


  1. Cancellation requests received the day before, the day of, or any time after a course start are not be eligible for a refund, are not eligible for transfer, and are not eligible for credit towards another course.
  2. All cancellations are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.
  3. Refunds will be processed back to the original payment method less the 25% fee.
  4. Refunds are processed as soon as notification of cancellation is received, allow approximately 3 days for your banking institution to show the refund to your account. UPDATE March 2019 - We are not processing refunds during the COVID-19 crisis. Processing will return to normal after the shutdown is lifted.

Request for Transfer:

  1. Bookings (without date changes) are fully transferrable to another person without incurring any penalty.
  2. Participants may request a transfer to their booking without penalty up until fourteen (14) days prior to the course or workshop start date.
  3. Participants transferring their booking within fourteen (14) days prior to the course or workshop start date incur a $10 administration fee.
  4. Requests to transfer received the day before, the day of, or any time after a course start will not be eligible for a refund, are not eligible for transfer, and are not eligible for credit towards another course.

Notice periods above are based on your original booking date, if a transfer has been made, the notice periods do not reset.

Effective 1 November 2019

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14 December 2017 • Boned Bodice Course ✄✄✄

This is a great workshop as it teaches many different techniques and is adaptable to your preference: Rigilene or metal boning. While I was very slow and have not quite finished my bodice, I have had all the additional support I require from the wonderful staff at Thread Den to help me achieve a wonderful result that I will be proud to wear. The support I receive at Thread Den is something I have never been offered at any other sewing studio workshop I have attended, and something that Thread Den always offer.