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CORSETRY / CORSET MAKING

Create a beautiful piece of corsetry, reminiscent of the eras of Outlander and Marie Antoinette, under the eye of Scottish corsetiere Alison Campbell. This unique course is NEW for 2020, and takes place at historic 17th century Gartmore House in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. 
 
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 18th century stays. 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). Waist constriction is very mild compared to a Victorian corset and it’s more about the conical shape and bust lift. 
 
Whether your approach is historic, romantic, high fashion or with a more alternative edge, there is always a place for a corset. 

Dates and prices 2020

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April 2020 – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK NOW

Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd October 2020 – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK NOW

Above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room (full board basis), should you wish to bring a companion who is not taking part in the course, then they will receive a reduction in the above price; please contact us for details.

How to book

Complete the online enquiry form
Call us on T: 01877 382 991
Email: mail@gartmorehouse.com
Click ‘BOOK ONLINE’ next to your preferred date above.
Payment, Terms & Conditions

A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

What’s included?

Courses are based at Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling. Your course includes full board; all meals are freshly prepared by our chefs. Enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your day’s work. Bar facilities are available during dinner. 5-Night (or more) courses include an optional visit to Loch Katrine (with one hour cruise) or The Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle (transport is provided).

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 for 5-night breaks, and at 16:00 for 2-night breaks).

Weekend Course
Friday
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Saturday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Sunday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out. Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day. Make your way home

5-Night Course
Sunday
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Monday & Tuesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Wednesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 12:30)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
12:30 Lunch
After lunch there is an optional visit to either Loch Katrine (includes a 1 hr sailing on the loch) or the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle. Alternatively you can opt to stay at the House and continue your work in the studio (untutored)
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Thursday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
19:00 Celebratory dinner with entertainment
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Friday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out

 

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

Thread in colour choice (the fabric supplied for beginners on a 2-night course is usually black, white, grey or a nude, but for the longer 5-night break, you will need to bring your choice of top fabric and should bring thread to match – at least a 500m reel, as the small ones aren’t enough.

Specialised kit

Prym vario pliers
Snips suitable for boning
Pointed tapered awl

Your tutor will bring the specialised kit with her, so you can borrow it, if you don’t wish to buy it. 
However, if you wish to buy a specialised kit, then you can purchase it here in advance (for the beginners weekend you will be working on the Victoria pattern).
https://www.sewcurvy.com/corsetmakingsupplies/cat_284663-Corset-Kits.html
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.

‘Exceptional value for money. You made us feel welcome from booking to departure. Nothing ever appeared too much trouble and that level of service is something to be exceptionally proud of. We will return next year to enjoy the house and crafting courses. With heartfelt thanks.’

‘A lovely old house brought back to life, well done.’

‘Lovely atmosphere for learning and relaxation. Afternoon tea ‘treats’ much appreciated.’

‘With regard to the accommodation, this was more than comfortable, the food delicious and plentiful and all the staff warm, friendly and helpful.’

Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

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