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‘True’ Couture Corselette

29th October 2020 @ 10:00 am - 30th October 2020 @ 4:00 pm


Want a closer look inside special occasion wear! then join your tutor Michelle Pye on this fantastic workshop. ‘The True Couture Corselette’ created both by Terry Fox & Michelle. A technique now in great demand as we see trends move into fluid evening & bridal designs. This technique has been devised by studying gowns of the true greats in couture, such as Balanciaga, Dior, Balmain & can you believe Norman Hartnell’s design “Flowers of France for H.M. The Queen.
The workshop has been divided into two days, The Cut & The Finish.

‘True’ Couture Corselette, Day 1 .

Cutting & adapting a commercial block to gain a fitted Corselette pattern. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the transition from standard block to secondary block for close fitted dresses onto the Contoured block suitable for bras, basques & corselettes. Michelle will also explain the change in design to suit all styles of dresses plus procedure for planning for boning placement & underwires.

‘True’ Couture Corselette, Day 2.

An inspirational day where you will see traditional style & techniques re-worked to suit modern day trends. The workshop will include tips for cutting & making a beautifully boned & underwired corselette. The essential foundation for attachment of under-pinnings & supporting fabulously fitted gowns.

Michelle will offer ‘for & against’ advice of specialist materials for example elastics & power nets, boning techniques including spirals & choice of fastenings such as hook & eyes placements or zips.

All the materials for this course are included in the price.

Our workshops are run from our workroom above the English Couture Company shop in the beautiful village of Syston in Leicestershire. The room is light & airy & will take up to 8 students. We have Janome Memory craft 6600 machine for all our students. This means you don’t have to bring your machine with you. There are also overlockers available if needed. We have a good supply of the basic sewing equipment for you to use on the course.

There is always tea, coffee & biscuits provided at any time during the day. You will have to provide your own lunch. There are shops near to the studio where you can buy lunch or Ann, our friendly sandwich maker will deliver freshly made food which you can order when you get here. You can bring a packed lunch as an alternative.

The shop is available for students to buy anything they need for their projects during the day. You are very welcome to shop after the course finishes.

All our full day courses start at 10am & finish at around 4pm. Due to the comprehensive knowledge & personalised tuition operated throughout all the workshops, they can sometimes over run.

If you need any further information on this course call Michelle on

0116 2606766


29th October 2020 @ 10:00 am
30th October 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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