Boned Bodice Sewing Course ✄✄✄

What to Bring

  • 1 metre of medium weight fabric (the outside of your corset, try denim, linen, wool blends)
  • 1 metre of lining fabric (we suggest using poly cotton, light brocade or cotton drill)
  • 1 metre lightweight fusible / iron in interfacing
  • 1 metre lightweight non fusible / sew in shapewell
  • 6 metres lacing ribbon 2.5cm width (for the back of your corset)
  • 3 metres of a complimetary trim to cover seams (ribbon, binding, or boning casing)
  • 4 metres of plastic boning 12mm wide (you can purchase Rigilene brand boning at Thread Den)
  • Sewing Machine Thread to match your trim
  • 30cm busk

What to Wear

  • casual

Appropriate For

  • ✄✄✄ If you have made garments using patterns and understand sewing terminology and have some experience with pattern markings, this is a skill level you are ready for. You are expected to know how to use a sewing machine.

Boned Bodice Sewing Course ✄✄✄

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Twelve hours in duration.
  • 2016 Course Dates: Wednesdays 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st August from 6-9pm.

What You Will Learn

  • Taking measurements and choosing the right size, pattern placement and transferring markings, cutting technique.
  • Discover the supplies that go into a corset; create structure with shapewell, insert boning in traditional tracks or use modern sew in poly boning.
  • Fusing interfacing, sewing bust curves and creating the perfect line of rouleau loops.

What You Get

  • A copy of the pattern
  • Instructions to making a corset
  • A beautiful boned bodice made by you!


You may think that a boned bodice is strictly a project for a professional... this is an oportunity to take your skills to the next level.

Pattern Design: The bodice style that you'll tackle laces up in the back through a series of self fabric rouleaux loops (a new skill you'll learn in class), it can easily include straps if you would like, is fully lined and includes plastic boning.  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!

Our very own Amy Skipper Couture Wedding Dressmaker has designed a boned bodice for this course to cover all the skills, techniques and information required.  

Have a look at photos taken in class here.

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).  You can purchase the 12mm Rigilene boning at Thread Den during class.

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