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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. During the course you will create an 18th century 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).  

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 Holidays in tutor Alison Campbell’s guest blog.

Dates 2021

Our corstrey holidays run for 5-nights and are priced at £725 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room on a full board basis. A £100 per person discount is applied for shared occupancy.
Sunday 9th to Friday 14th May 2021
Sunday 26th September to Friday 1st October 2021

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 can enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them on 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 £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 6 weeks 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.

Check in is from 4pm where you will be welcomed by our staff. You are then invited to enjoy tea and coffee in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
Come 6pm everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet. This will give you the chance to get to know your fellow guests and tutor before the start of the course.
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.

After a few days of working hard on your craft, you may like to take a break and head out for an afternoon to explore the local area. Choose from a range of trips to satisfy any cultural craving – from Deanston distillery, a boat trip on Loch Katrine or Doune Castle. All excursions are provided for an additional cost and are included at checkout. For more information see here. However, should you wish to continue your craft your tutor will be on hand from 10am-4pm Monday to Thursday to provide tuition.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Alison Campbell
  • Full board catering
  • En-suite accommodation
  • Complimentary afternoon trip to Loch Katrine
  • 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)
  • Your choice of top fabric (at least a 500m reel) and thread to match.
  • Sewing machine (you can either bring your own, or hire one from your tutor – fee payable direct to your tutor).
  • 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.

Specialised kit – Your tutor will bring the below specialised kit with her. Guests are most welcome to borrow the specialised kit. However, if you wish to buy a specialised kit, then you can purchase it here in advance.
Specialised kit:

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

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

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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