This four-week session is focused on making a chemise and long or short “stays”.  “Stays” are a type of corset are one of the precursors of modern undergarments.  They are indispensable in creating the correct silhouette for dressing-up in Regency period clothing.

This is an intermediate to advanced course.  You should have some experience sewing clothing – modern or historical – and be willing to try your hand at slashed and inserted gussets, inserting boning, and even cording for the truly adventurous!  You will have the option to create either long or short stays.  Short stays have an optional front closure.

Your course fee includes personal instruction from experienced sewing instructors, one reusable pattern, and all materials and fabrics needed to create a personalized chemise and stays.  Basic sewing tools are to be supplied by the student.  See list below.  Some work may be required outside of class time.

The course will follow the following process over four classes:

  • Discuss fabric selection
  • Take detailed measurements
  • Learn cutting techniques, and cut out your pattern
  • Sew chemise with gussets using flat felled seams
  • Corset mock-up and fitting
  • Begin construction
  • Insert cording, set grommets, and sew seams
  • Finish stays with binding
  • Learn spiral lacing

Dates:  October 16, 23, 30, and November 6, 2015
Time:  7 – 10 pm
Location:  Central Sewing’s South location; 8649 63rd Ave Edmonton
Cost:  $200

Course fee includes:
–  Guidance from our team of expert seamstresses
–  A kit containing all the materials needed for the course!
The kit includes: your own reusable pattern, Chemise Fabric, Stays Fabric, Wooden Busk, Boning, Ribbon, Lacing, Grommets, Embroidery floss, Cording, Bias Tape, and Thread
–  Access to Central Sewing’s sewing machines
(you are welcome to bring your own, if you wish)
–  Refreshment of Tea and Scones

Please bring the following supplies:

Scissors (Fabric and Paper)
A size 20 or 22 Tapestry needle
Measuring tape
A spill-proof, reusable mug (for your Tea!)
To Register, please email

Registration is limited to 10 participants

Registration closes October 9th, 2015