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Bodices & Bustiers: Fitting the Female Form (PL2339)

  • 17 Nov 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Carey Baptist Grammar School, Kew
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When: Friday, 17th November, 8:30am - 3:30pm

Where: Carey Baptist Grammar School, Kew

Presenter: Fenja Johnson


  • $320 for members
  • $420 for non-members 
  • $220 for students/CRT Members

Morning tea and Lunch will be provided.

  • You DO NOT need a Purchase Order Number or to register - You are welcome to book immediately and email us with the PON once you receive it from your school.
  • Please don't forget to register via our website!  Unless you fill in our booking form, we don’t know you want to attend! Just remember - if you don't receive a confirmation email from DATTA Vic, you aren't registered!

There is a reason why corsets and bustiers will never go out of fashion: they are often the foundation of dressmaking. Fitting garments to the female form can be a challenging undertaking for students, but with the right knowledge, you can help them design and create beautiful bodices that can be worn beyond the sewing studio mannequin. 

Fenja Johnson, who will be running you through this amazing session, is a Textiles and English teacher at Carey Baptist Grammar. She is a passionate sewist, pattern tester for indie designers and all-round fashion enthusiast. She views sewing as a form of rebellion and is dedicated to encouraging everyone to craft a me-made wardrobe of their dreams. You can follow her sewing adventures on Instagram @sew.heart.soul

In this workshop, participants will spend the day crafting a modern boned corset. Topics covered will include:

  • What makes a perfectly fitting bodice
  • The female body and how to measure it accurately, particularly the bust.
  • How to make a toile and troubleshoot fitting issues
  • Pattern and fabric cutting
  • Interfacing
  • Sewing wire channeling
  • Exploring fabrics used for intimates.
  • Exploring fabrics used for garments.
  • Inserting an invisible zip OR a lace up back.
  • Creating a modern boned corset.

A kit of fabrics and notions will be included in the workshop cost.




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