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Create a beautiful piece of corsetry, reminiscent of the eras of Outlander and Marie Antoinette, under the eye of Scottish corsetiere Alison Campbell.

A corset is the perfect garment for expressing your creativity – as shapely as any piece of sculpture, it can be as simple or as elaborate as your imagination can make it. Choose from one of two themed holidays and make either a Victorian Corset, a classical, yet modern, corset with beautiful Victorian lines or make and learn about 18th Century stays, the precursor to modern corsets.

Whether your approach is historic, romantic, high fashion or with a more alternative edge, there is always a place for a corset.

Find out more about our Corsetry Workshops in Tutor Alison Campbell’s guest blog.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2023

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

May 7th to 12th 2023 – Victorian Corset Making
September 24th to 29th 2023 – An introduction to 18th Century Stays

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Victorian Corset Making – Sunday 8th to Friday 13th May 2022
Create a classical, yet modern, corset with beautiful Victorian lines, cinched waist and bust support using beginner and intermediate techniques.

An introduction to 18th Century Stays – Sunday 25th to Friday 30th September 2022
Make and learn about stays, the precursor to modern corsets. These give a striking, and remarkably comfortable, period shape with minimal waist reduction but great uplift. Very much in keeping with our setting. You will learn about the history, techniques and where we can substitute new materials and shift from historical accuracy to modern fashion (as seen in the gowns of Vivienne Westwood).

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Alison Campbell
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

We ask all participants to bring the following with them:

  • Your choice of top fabric (at least a 500m reel) and thread to match.
  • Sewing machine. If you do not have a sewing machine you can hire one from your tutor (fee payable direct to your tutor). Please let us know prior to arrival if you require machine hire. 
  • Basic sewing kit of fabric and paper scissors, small scissors, pins, hand sewing needles, unpicker, marking chalk or pen (thin line is best).
  • Notepad and pen.

Your tutor will bring the below specialised kit which you are most welcome to borrow:

  • Prym vario pliers
  • Snips suitable for boning
  • Pointed tapered awl

If you wish to buy a specialised kit, then you can purchase it here in advance.

Should you have any queries, then please feel free to get in touch with our team.

Tutor Alison Campbell

Alison Campbell is a corsetiere based in Renfrewshire. She has a background in fine art and graphic design, which – combined with a love of vintage fashion, history, classic movie glamour and traditional crafts – came together and resulted in her business ‘Crikey Aphrodite’, a brand specialising in great fit (Alison is also a trained bra fitter) and fine fabrics.

Many corset enthusiasts will have heard of Alison either from fashion shows in Glasgow, appearances in publications, as well as exhibitions at home and abroad. She is part of the team responsible for the international Oxford Conference of Corsetry. Alison would love to share her experience and enthusiasm with you and welcome you into the fascinating world of corsetry. 

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